The Oakland Athletics are proud to be the official sponsor the three emoji: the deciduous tree, the elephant, and the baseball, through the Unicode Consortium's Adopt-a-Character program. The program is an opportunity to permanently adopt and dedicate an emoji, letter, or symbol on the keyboard.
"The baseball symbol will now forever be associated with the Oakland Athletics. This sponsorship represents our rich history and tradition," said Oakland A's President Dave Kaval, upon the A's sponsoring the emoji. "We're also excited to adopt the elephant character to honor our mascot, Stomper and the oak tree which symbols the city of Oakland."
The Unicode Consortium is a non-profit corporation that enables people around the world to use computers in any language.