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.