2nd game in 2 days! Let’s go!
I was thankful that I wouldn’t have to wake up early this time. Today, I woke up around 8am. Our family got out of the house by 9am and we were in Oakland by 9:30!
Once we arrived, I was shocked by all of the cars. I then realized it was LITTLE LEAGUE DAY. At this point, I was almost positive I was going to get shut out, so I set my goal for the day at 1 ball. I headed up from Parking Lot B to gate MM, where I set my stuff down.
Once my dad got in line, my mom, sister, and I headed down to Gate D, so that we could buy extra tickets for upcoming games. We got tickets for Root Beer Float Day (Where I don’t plan on ballhawking), as well as extra tickets for a few games in July.
I did a lot of walking back and forth between MM and the car, as I kept forgetting various things, but around 10:30, I was in line for good!
During the half hour leading up to the time the gates opened, this very cute kid kept everyone entertained with his dancing. I posted this picture on Facebook and the next day, Will tweeted it to his mom. I then got a Tweet from her, thanking me and my dad for the picture. Go ahead and give her a follow on Twitter!
10 minutes before the gates opened, this was the scene in line. It was Coco Crisp Cereal Bowl day for the first 5,000 kids 14 and under. (Yes I did end up getting one)
Will and I were ready to run in! As you can see, I’m wearing the 2013 A’s Memorial Day hat, which I had picked up after the game the day before.
I actually wasn’t going to be sitting in the bleachers for this game. My high school team (Who I have mentioned before) had an amazing season come to an end, and to celebrate, one of the dads rented out the Right Field BBQ Terrace for the team!
This was going to be a fun day!
I knew it would be hard to snag a ball, so I got to work early, heading over to where the White Sox were playing catch.
No luck in the first 10 minutes. Promptly at 11:15, the Little League Day Parade started. The A’s have Little Leaguers parade around the warning track. In all, I would say it took 30 minutes to get everyone through.
Over the course of the parade, players were not allowed to throw balls into the stands, instead giving them to the deserving kids walking around the field.
After a certain point, I just gave up and headed over to the BBQ terrace to get some food before the game started.
Eventually, the parade ended (Around 11:45) and I ran over to where the A’s were warming up.
During the 10 minutes I was there, I should have gotten 1 ball. I called out to Casey Chavez, the A’s bullpen catcher, after he was done working with Grant Balfour. He went to toss the ball to me, and shortly before it hit my glove, a *Large* man in a Giants hat and jersey swatted the ball away, as it hit the ground. He then started laughing and said “You’re an A’s fan, you don’t deserve a ball!”
And people wonder why I hate Giants fans…
Chavez saw the whole thing unfold. He went over, picked up the ball, looked up and the man, and put the ball in the ball bag. Cool…
This was pretty much the setup. There were 2 sections that had about 45 seats in them, along with 3 benches that seat about 9 people each.
There was also a table full of desserts, chips, and other things! I took full advantage of the unlimited burgers and hot dogs, along with the free water and soda!
I was sitting on the asile of the section closest to the foul pole. I pointed out where my family was sitting to everyone.
Around this time, it was 12:15, and Ryan Cook was STILL signing autographs. He is a class act.
This was a view from the table that had all the foods. You can see the grill and beverage stand on the right side.
Now the game itself..
We were all enjoying watching the White Sox warm up.
We were all yelling at the White Sox players along the foul line.
He has a funky delivery too!
I was sitting to the left of these three guys (L-R: Logan, Zak, and Craig)
Oh, and it was HOT!
Oh and this car randomly drove around the warning track.
Chris Sale warmed up in the bullpen.
Like Pat Neshek, he is fun to take pictures of!
It felt weird seeing these guys from a different angle.
Yoenis Cespedes was one of the last guys that was warming up on the field before the first pitch.
I interacted with the RF Bleacher guys throughout the game.
There was a time where they started chanting “BAD-DERS! BAD-DERS! BAD-DERS! BAD-DERS!” I felt loved.
Every Sunday, the A’s have Little Leaguers take the field for the National Anthem with the A’s.
It always looks cool to see the team lined up along during the National Anthem.
Jarrod Parker was starting today for the A’s.
But the White Sox were unable to capitalize.
The A’s went 1-2-3 in their half of the first.
The White Sox were unable to do anything either, as Jarrod Parker set them down in order.
Josh Donaldson grounded out to start off the inning.
And Nate Freiman singled.
But again, the A’s were unable to do anything with him, as the 2nd inning ended in a 0-0 tie.
The first 2 White Sox hitters in the 3rd inning flew out to Coco Crisp.
Again, the White Sox didn’t score any runs.
Derek Norris struck out in the 3rd inning.
And Adam Rosales singled.
But Jed Lowrie grounded out to end the inning.
The White Sox had a walk and double, but were not able to open the game in the 4th inning.
After Yoenis Cespedes was hit by a pitch, Josh Donaldson struck out.
And Nate Freiman popped out.
The game remained scoreless after 4 innings.
Everyone in the first row had their feet up on the ad right in front of us.
In the 6th, Josh Donaldson was able to connect, but he flied out, however it did bring in Coco Crisp, as he tagged up to come in and score.
A lot of people stood behind the seats and talked.
Afre Jerry Blevins recorded one out Bob Melvin put in Ryan Cook.
Who struck out Casper Wells to end the White Sox half of the 7th inning.
One of the dads, Rick Flayler, was the one who organized this entire thing for the team.
We were all enjoying the game.
Before the 7th inning stretch, Rick told the crowd a bit about our team.
Then we all sang Take Me Out to the Ballgame!
The A’s went quickly and quietly in the 7th, keeping the game at 1-0.
Ryan Cook came out to pitch the 8th as well.
And once again, Chicago was set down 1-2-3.
Coco Crisp had a 1-out single in the 8th.
And he preceded to score on a Jed Lowrie single, then error by the White Sox center fielder.
This stretched the A’s lead to 2-0!
With 1 out in the bottom of the 8th, when Coco Crisp stepped to the plate, I headed out to the RF bleachers so that I would be able to rage. I sat down in my seat on the 1st pitch of the Jed Lowrie at bat, and on the 3rd pitch, he lined a screaming foul ball right down the line. It hit about 3 feet to where I had been sitting in the BBQ Terrace!!! WHAT. THE. HECK?????
Will, the inventor of the rage, had his usual Hulk gloves with him.
Everyone was raging!!!
This meant Grant Balfour was in!!!
The White Sox had a lead off single, but Balfour settled down to retire the next 3 guys.
And it was an A’s win!
My dad got a picture of the team.
So that foul ball that I should have gotten if I had actually been in my seat? It ended up here:
Also, prior to the game, I had noticed this ball.
After the game, it was time for Kids Run the Bases.
And no, I didn’t participate…
So we left…
Thanks for reading!!
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