First of all, I would like to apologize. This entry is long overdue and much shorter than usual with a lot less pictures.
I wanted to get in line at gate MM, but my mom wanted us to get in line at C, where there was no line. I walked around the Coliseum once with my sister, and she took some pictures along the way.
When we got back, I played catch with my sister for 15 or so minutes, as there was still nobody in line. Once we both had made a few errant throws, I decided to walk around once more.
This is random, but as we were walking around, we saw a bunch of cones set up in the parking lot, along with a few cars.
Turns out if you test drove a car, you got 2 free A’s tickets or something like that.
When I got back, the line had grown to 50 or so people, and right next to my mom and sister was fellow Bay Area ballhawk Spencer Sanborn!
We talked about ballhawking and stuff for the most part, until the gates opened, and at that point, we went our separate ways.
Oh, I forgot to mention that my grandmother and uncle would be joining us for this game!
They arrived 15 or so minutes before the gates opened, and got in the handicapped line with my dad. My grandmother had just had surgery on her eye a few weeks ago, and my Uncle is in a wheelchair, so my dad wanted to make sure that they got into the Coliseum okay.
Well, I raced inside, and after grabbing my giveaway “Pink and white A’s baseball umbrella” to celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Day, I put on my Red Sox hat and shirt and headed over to the Sox bullpen, in hopes of snagging another commemorative ball.
Spencer got there a little bit before I did, and he started chatting up the ushers a little, before heading over to the right field line. I stayed behind the bullpen area, focusing on Clay Buchholz, who was woking on a bullpen session at the time. When he finished, I called out to him, and he tossed me ball #1 on the day.
The day was off to a good start. I had my eye on a few of the Red Sox pitchers playing catch, but was unable to come up with a ball.
Spencer broke out his giant glove and snagged his one and only ball on the day a few minutes after I got ball #1.
I wasn’t able to snag any balls before the Red Sox cleared the field, so I changed into my A’s gear and went over to where our seats were for the game to say hi to my family.
There were a lot of A’s players signing autographs when I got to our seats
He ended up throwing the ball to someone else, and at that point, it was roughly 12:15.
I chatted with them for 10 or so minutes before heading off in search of some food.
I figured that I would go get a sandwich from the Deli, but found an $8 slice of “Gourmet” pizza. It was absolutely amazing. And of course, I failed to get a picture.
And tossed me the ball when he was done.
My 2nd ball on the day!
During the game, there were no foul balls that came close to me.
This was my view for the game
Sometime around the 7th inning, I asked my dad if he would be willing to go and get my an ice cream helmet, because I had overheard someone mentioning that there were special ones for this game. Turns out, they had pink helmets in honor of BCA day!
I had a great time with my family and getting a chance to share some great A’s baseball with my uncle and Grandmother!
• 3 balls at this game
• 22 balls in 13 Major League games this season = 1.692 balls per game.
• 34 balls in 18 baseball games this season = 1.888 balls per game.
• 27 Lifetime Major League baseballs
• 39 total balls
• 7 consecutive games in Oakland with at least 1 ball
• 9 consecutive games with at least 1 ball
• 5 consecutive games with at least 2 balls
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