I’m baaaaaack!

It’s been a very long time since I have written and I hope that I will be doing more of it.  At some point when I have more time to reflect on the Cubs season last year, I will dedicate a post to it.  But for right now, with the news yesterday of the tarps on the 3rd deck being removed at the Oakland Coliseum, I felt the need to say something.

I could not be more happy to have someone like Dave Kaval in charge of things.  It’s been one great announcement after another.  As fans we all knew how much Lew hated us and Oakland.  And I saw many of my friends stop going to games altogether.  But with the MLB basically cutting off any real incentive for Lew to stick around and his exit that was celebrated by every A’s fan, we were hopeful for some changes and they just seem to keep coming.

It started with Fan Fest.  I used to go to every Fan Fest and stopped going about 5 years ago when everything cost more money.  It cost to do everything from park to anything worthwhile inside and to me that was just not Fan Fest.  This year they moved it to Jack London Square and everything was FREE to fans and they couldn’t have done a better job.  Even Mother Nature was on their side.  There were signings, sessions and free food trucks.  And I know it helped the businesses around the area because we not only went to breakfast at Lungomare before everything, but ended the afternoon at Plank with some beers and bocce.  The entire day felt like how a Fan Fest should feel and it was great that the A’s were holding the event somewhere that would help out the community.

More announcements came along the way – food trucks at every game, remodel of the West Side Club, and the best one up until yesterday – cheaper beer!  20 oz. beers will now be $8 and $10.  I missed those days where I could get a large can of Corona on a hot summer day for $10.  They are even have $4 Budweisers during the 4th inning.  I went on Opening Night to check out the food trucks and it was more than I even expected.  It’s a very nice area with food trucks lined up on either side, games and seating in the middle and a large screen t.v. to watch the game outside.

However, the biggest news out of all of these came yesterday when they announced that they were removing the tarps and from what I heard Dave Kaval was out there helping them remove them himself.  This is the biggest news because it finally says to the fans that the team cares about us again.  When Lew covered the third deck a decade ago, he was basically spitting in our faces.  I think it was one of the biggest moves he made to scream to us that he did not care about the fans.  All he cared about was the money and  he believed tarping off the third deck would create a larger demand for the remaining seats and he could charge more.  If there was ever a slap in the face, this would be it.  For the A’s to remove the tarps yesterday and announce the $15 tickets and that half of the sales would go to a local charity, they were announcing that they care about the fans and the community.  When I told a co-worker who is a die-hard Giants fan, he responded with “the A’s might be able to make a fan out of me yet”.  Great job, Dave Kaval!  I am looking forward to many games this season at the Coliseum!

It might have been better in the parking lot…

Opening Night is finally here and we got lucky with it being a Friday!  What did this mean… a packed parking lot, the smell of bbq in the air, music blaring and new and old friends catching up before the game.  An awesome fly by and then well… the actual game began.

A few things I have to note about the actual tailgate – we got this unpleasant security guard who came over to our tailgate of about 75 people to tell us that we need to take everything down about an hour before the game.  Excuse me?  “Yes this all needs to come down and the music needs to be turned off”.  Perhaps he’s new and very power driven – the result of being picked on in school all his years growing up – but this is Oakland on Opening Day.  You can’t make people take down their tailgates!  It’s part of being a fan in Oakland!  So we told him we would pay for the all the spots and that shut him up but what a very unpleasant start to the season.

I think there was more entertainment around the park then actually on the field.  To the guy carrying around a beer bong the whole game wasted trying to get people to give up their $8 beers for him to the drunk guy who walked into the girl’s bathroom and even checked himself out in the mirror on his way out after doing his business.

But the game itself??  Geren said to the press last night after the game “I’ll just say you won’t see that very often”  Well Geren, I hope not.  But considering I don’t know barely any of the players on the team (not uncommon for being an A’s fan in a new season) but right now I don’t have much faith in the players.  The preseason game on Tuesday and now this – I’ve been seeing a lot of errors and we look worse than a high school team. 

I hope that the team can start to actually gel together (wasn’t that what spring training was for?) and start playing as a team and minus the errors.  But as for last night’s performance, I can only say it most likely would have been more entertaining if we had all stayed in the parking lot with the plethora of tailgates.

Funny quote

Ok this time is weird for me because the Cubs are playing the A’s and I say GO CUBBIES!!!! 🙂

But I was watching an old episode of Roseanne last night and found this really funny and wanted to share:

Dan’s dad:  “your Cubs are looking good this year”

Dan: “Yeah they are.. yeah they are.. Of course they could be contenders”

Dan’s dad: “Of course it’s only spring training.  Everyone look like a contender in spring training”

Sweep!

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The A’s swept the Giants this past weekend simply have
playing small ball and having great pitching. 
The Giants only scored one run the entire weekend.  Bunts, stealing bases and sacrificing flies
were what the weekend was about.  It’s
nice to see the A’s actually playing Moneyball. 
Let’s hope they keep it up.

And thanks to my Cubbies beating the Rangers, the A’s moved closer to 1st.

Curse of Zito

It’s Friday night for a Battle of the Bay game in Oakland so you know you can expect to see a lot of loud drunk fans on both sides.  It was very pleasurable to see all the drunk Giants fans not so vocal by the end of the night.  But don’t be too down Giants fans, Zito never plays well in Oakland since being a part of the Giants.  So you can keep him, Giants.

Not having season tickets this year has been interesting.  Mainly because I have now only gone to four games and each time have sat somewhere different.  Last night was the most packed I’ve seen it in a long time and rightfully so.   But we were able to get $28 tickets in 129.  The only bad part of this section are the signs that are right in front of you distracting part of your view.  But it was nice to be out of the cold, bathrooms right by you and right in front of the Kona stand.  There was also some ribs stand that smelled amazing but I do not know if it’s any good or not.

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The last game I went to against the Yankees we had really good seats behind the A’s warm up pitching mound.  Nice seats, the concession people always walk by, but not sure I want to spend that much for every game.

The best deal that is new this year for the ballpark and everyone should know about is the Value Deck deal.  True the seats are on the 3rd deck and the players look tiny but for $15 ticket you get admission and your ticket acts as a $6 voucher to use on whatever (in my case it’s a free beer).  I would definitely get these tickets for games I want to just attend and don’t care that much about who we are playing.  Also food and drinks are easy to get up there since it’s only a small section on the 3rd deck.

photo.jpgNext up I need to sit in a suite!  🙂

I’m back!

Sorry I took a mini break – playoff hockey is taking up most of my time right now! (go Sharks!)

During the break though, I was meeting with some business colleagues at the St. Regis hotel in San Francisco to realize there are people waiting outside.  I asked my colleague why people were waiting outside and she informed me that the Yankees were staying there.  So throughout the morning I saw different players in and out of lobby.  I obviously hate the Yankees so didn’t care for the most part – until around 3 p.m I look to my right and who do I see – Nick Swisher!  and star struck I yelled out “Nick Swisher!”  He turned and smiled, and thankfully wasn’t sure who had called out his name. 😉  That night I went to the game which the A’s lost and Swisher didn’t even play but it was fun to see players pictures come up and I would think to myself “I saw him at the bar earlier”

Thankfully the A’s won last night and it was much needed.  But the question on my mind at the moment is….

WHY have the A’s not fired their personal trainer?!!  Every year injuries seem to plague our team more than any teams out there and this year we are on pace to break some records.  When will they ever track it back to the trainer – the only common thing on the team year after year.

Adam who?

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I only caught the last few innings of the A’s vs. Angels
game yesterday but when I turned it on, the A’s were on fire!  I’m glad I caught the best part.  But as I’m sitting there watching the A’s
rally, up to bat comes a name I don’t recognize.  Of course this is normal with the Oakland
Athletics roster but I found myself asking “Adam who?”  Quick Google search tells me that Adam
Rosales came over with a under publicized trade in February with the Reds.  Adam is up to bat in the 7th,
runners on 2nd and 3rd, and hit a 2 run single.  The announcers then mention how his first at
bat (and first swing) for the Oakland Athletics resulted in a home run.  I am very bummed I missed that!  Adam Rosales ended up with 4 RBIs and 1
HR.  After the game, the announcers were
interviewing him and Adam says “I just grew up doing it” and expressed his love
and passion just for the game and that he was just having fun (reminded me a
lot of Nick Swisher).  After researching
this guy some more it might be hard for me to not favorite him – and of course
it has nothing to do with him being a lifelong Cubs fan. 😉

On another note, Ellis also played great with a .345 batting
average including 2 RB’s.  Did I mention
he was playing DH?  Perhaps the A’s
should stick with this lineup for a little while.  I’m interested to see what else Adam Rosales
can do.