Rooney was a member of the Church of Religious Science (which numerous evangelicals believed was a cult) for a time after this experience, but "by the 1990s Rooney boldly proclaimed a very orthodox faith centered on Jesus Christ as his Savior," said Ellis.
"It's like the first day of school. It's great," second baseman Mark Ellis said of the hype. "There are a lot of people all over the place. Getting people to talk about the A's, that's good. It will be different."