OAKLAND – A’s starter Chris Bassitt made sure to send his congrats to Trayce Thompson, the younger brother of Warriors star Klay Thompson, after Trayce received his first big league call-up from the White Sox on Monday.
Bassitt and Trayce Thompson, a 6-foot-3 outfielder, have been good friends stemming from their time playing together in Chicago’s farm system. The two text on a daily basis, so Bassitt couldn’t have been happier for Trayce, 24, who has played all three outfield positions for Triple-A Charlotte this season.
He also said Trayce has carved out his own athletic identity, which is a challenge given his older brother emerged as one of the NBA’s biggest stars this past season while helping the Warriors to the championship.
“I think what really helps him out is the separation of sports, him paving his own route,” Bassitt said.
Through his friendship with Trayce, Bassitt has become a huge Warriors fan and, in particular, a Klay Thompson fan.
“That family is unreal. First class …” Bassitt said in an interview back in February. “I know that whole family very, very well. It’s unbelievable how nice they are.”
Back in February, Bassitt –- an Ohio native who is a huge LeBron James fan as well -- said he was catching grief from his friends back east for cheering on the Warriors. But as the NBA playoffs unfolded and Golden State met Cleveland in the Finals, the pitcher couldn’t resist his loyalties to his home state.
“Sadly, I rooted against Klay. I did,” Bassitt admitted Monday.
And, Bassitt said, that was OK with Trayce Thompson, who gave Bassitt credit for cheering on the team he grew up rooting for.
“It was funny though,” Bassitt said. “I was in a Walmart, and I sent Trayce a picture of some Golden State gear. And I was like, ‘Man, I should buy some.’ And he was like, ‘You can’t go back now.’”