This was a much different day than I’ve had in the past few years ballhawking-wise. It would be the first game since I went to Nationals Park in 2011 that I didn’t try to ballhawk at!
NICK!!!! HAVE YOU LOST YOUR MIND????
No, but in all seriousness, I knew from the start I wouldn’t be able to ballhawk this game. My high school’s baseball team (Remember this game?) was 22-1 going into today, with a 4pm game against our cross-town rivals, so I couldn’t miss it!
I considered leaving around 5:30 to “beat” the traffic and get there at the end of BP, but it didn’t come close to happening. As much as I wanted to go to the A’s game, I really wanted to stay for this game!
I left around 6:30pm for the 7pm A’s game. Traffic was horrible! My dad and I listened to the pregame show on the radio on the drive up and pulled into the Coliseum parking lot just after the first pitch.
I ran in Gate MM and headed up to the 3rd deck? Why? I had purchased a Value Deck seat. Every Friday in the Value Deck in Oakland, they have a giveaway of some sort, this time it was a T-Shirt. Look for me to be wearing it in my next entry!
I ran up, grabbed my shirt, and slid into my seat just in time in the bottom of the 1st inning. Everyone was wearing their Bacon Friday T-shirts!
Wait? What is Bacon Friday, you might ask?
Watch this video…
Or this video…
That was just 2011. That was the first annual Bacon Tuesday.
It was back in 2013 and bigger and better than ever! How big? Jeff Francoeur AND Josh Reddick stopped by before the gates opened to tailgate with them!
I have to give MAJOR props to my mom! In the days leading up to Bacon Friday, she baked DOZENS upon DOZENS of Bacon Chocolate Chip cookies. I don’t know exactly how many she made, but they were AMAZING!!!!
Even the people running the scoreboard knew it was Bacon Friday!
They even showed some action of Sizzlin’ Bacon! Everyone in RF chanted “Go Bacon Go! Go Bacon Go!
They knew of the awesomeness that is Bacon Friday.
When I slipped into my seat, Yoenis Cespedes was at the plate…
But Brandon Moss grounded out to end the first, stranding Jed Lowrie at first.
Jarrod Parker was on the mound for the A’s
Daric Barton was playing first.
FYI, I am a member of the Daric Barton Fan Club. WE GOT YOUR BACK BRO!
While Lorenzo Cain was batting in the 2nd inning, Eric Hosmer was picked off.
After a short pickle, he was out at first.
Like I had mentioned earlier, everyone was wearing their Bacon Friday shirts.
And yes, I did get one!
Will was not wearing a jersey like he usually does, but his Bacon Friday shirt!
In the bottom of the 2nd, with 1 out and Josh Donaldson on first, Derek Norris walked.
Then, Daric Barton stepped up to the plate.
He ende up grounding into a fielder’s choice, Derek Norris was thrown out at 2nd base.
With a runner on 2nd in the top of the 3rd and 1 out, Elliot Johnson was called out on strikes.
Then, Parker allowed the first run of the game.
David Lough doubled to Center, bringing in Salvatore Perez.
In the 3rd inning, I headed over to LF to go hang out with Rick Gold for an inning or so. He was in town for the homestand and planning on attending BallhawkFest the next day, so I thought I would stop by and chat for a little bit.
Right after I left, this happened…
Yep. Omar, Anson, and a few other people did a live interview on the Royals TV broadcast.
Everyone got pictures with him.
This is a close-up shot of the back of the T-Shirt.
Jarrod Parker pitched a scoreless 4th, despite a single and walk.
I came back in the 4th inning, around the time that my mom and sister showed up!
Why were they so late? My sister had soccer tryouts that ended around 7. She went home, changed into her A’s gear, and she and my mom immediately took BART out to Oakland so they could catch at least part of the game.
FYI, here is Rick. He’s in the new BP hat with the green jacket- right in the middle of the picture.
James Shields, who tossed me a ball last year when the Rays were in town, was on the mound for the Royals.
On the 4th pitch of the bottom of the 4th, Brandon Moss singled to right field.
But he tried to stretch it into a double…
Out or safe?
Throughout the game, they showed bacon facts on the scoreboard.
Omar Gutierez’s son, known as The Champ took lots of pictures during the game!
He’s one awesome kid!
And he had BACON MINTS!!!
The other Omar G, Omar Gonzalez was very excited!
Coco Crispy Bacon!!!
Jorge was getting into the action, despite his sleepiness.
Daniel and Keith were chilling in the front row on the other side of the section.
Ross was taking lots of pictures.
If you guessed 1500 BC, you are correct!
The scoreboard routinely showed this for the entire game.
Through the top of the 6th, the A’s had allowed only that 3rd inning run.
Ready for more bacon trivia? What percentage of men ranked bacon as their favorite smell?
More bacon facts and trivia. BACON CURES HANGOVERS!!!
Omar had these three signs at this game.
Everyone was getting into the spirit of Bacon Friday!
Daric Barton stepped to the plate for the A’s in the 7th, but he was called out on strikes…
But it wasn’t before Josh Donaldson hit a game-tying home run to left field!
Bob Melvin really wanted to score a few more runs.
Did you know there is a world record for bacon-eating?
Doolittle pitched a scoreless 8th
Adam Rosales stepped to the plate to lead off the A’s half of the 8th.
On a 1-1 pitch, he hammered a ball to left field to put the A’s ahead 2-1!
Rosie did his usual sprint around the bases.
RUN ROSIE RUN!
This meant it was time for Grant Balfour to get loose in the bullpen.
I don’t know what it is, but security hates sections 148 and 149 this year. They had a huge problem with a lot of people on Friday.
Everyone was excited that the A’s had taken the lead!
In the top of the 9th, it was time for Grant Balfour to come in to close the game out…
This meant it was time to RAGE!!!
After getting 2 quick outs, Eric Hosmer stepped to the plate!
And struck him out swinging! Everyone was happy!
Slowly, we all filed out.
We all met up in the concourse after the game, I handed out some more cookies, and Ralliney had someone take this picture of us.
Wow! It was nice to to have any pressures of ballhawking, and for those like me who don’t care about streaks or such, I would highly recommend that you go to a game and purposely not ballhawk. Very relaxing!
Thanks for reading!
- 9th Game this Year
- 0 Balls at this Game
- 8 balls in 7 MLB games this season = 1.14 Ball Per Game
- 23 Balls in 9 Games this season = 2.55 Balls Per Game
- 36 Lifetime MLB Baseballs
- 66 Total Balls
Nick Badders is a unofficial reporter for MLB.com. He writes the blog, 7000 Coliseum Way, and you can follow him on Twitter @nickbatters or his blog @7000ColiseumWay. You can also LIKE his blog on Facebook or follow him @nickbatters or his blog @7000ColiseumWay on Instagram. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.baco