In 1997, when Thomas was a second grader at Indian Valley School, in Walnut Creek, CA, his teacher asked the kids to come up with a name for the A’s elephant that was and still is the mascot of the team. He went home and talked it over with his mother and said he wanted to submit the name “Stomper” as his choice.
“Stomper” was selected by the A’s, and Thomas and his family were invited to the opening day game on April 2nd where the name was unveiled. He got to throw out the first pitch that day, and he and his family got to sit in a box for the game. In addition, he was given season tickets for 4 years after that. He has remained an A’s fan ever since, as evidenced by his hat.
Thomas is 22 years old, has completed the required coursework and is certified as an EMT. He is currently lifeguarding and taking classes at Los Medanos College in fire science and other classes related to becoming a paramedic. He lives in Pittsburgh, CA.
Thank you Thomas for naming Stomper. It’s a great name!