After Yoenis Cespedes won the Home Run Derby, the A’s announced that for every Friday home game for the rest of the season, the gates would be opening 2.5 hours early, rather than the 2 hours early for Saturday and Sunday, or the 1.5 hours early for Monday-Friday, so that A’s fans could see Yoenis take BP.
Well my mom and I walked to the bus stop, leaving the house around 1:40. Of course, the bus was running late, so we missed the BART train that we wanted to take, but we ended up getting to the Coliseum at 3:30, 1 hour before the gates were supposed to open. Already there were Ryan and Ralliney, then we were soon joined by Wiggi, Adam, and other people.
I was walking around the Coliseum for a bit, when I noticed the fireworks for the post-game fireworks show being set up.
There were probably about 20 people in line when the gates opened at 4:25.
Since Will was not here again, I once again ran the banners to the bleachers. When I got inside, Brandon Moss was hitting.
A’s BP was underway, and I was excited!
As soon as my mom got in, I took off for LF, since I knew a majority of the balls hit in A’s BP would go that way. The first group also included Coco Crisp.
As well as Josh Donaldson.
My first ball of the day was hit by Josh, fielded by A.J. Griffin, and tossed to me.
Right after that, the pitchers began running.
The next group had Yoenis Cespedes, as well as Josh Reddick.
Yoenis lined a ball to Dan Ortero, who then tossed it to me, for my 2nd ball on the day.
The 3rd group had Seth Smith included in it.
I was still in Left Field at this point, because 1 ball had been hit into RF all BP, and it had been misjudged by Ryan, so I figured that I had a better shot in LF. There had been very few balls hit into the stands, so I was relying on tossups.
However, Yoenis Cespedes put on quite a show, launching multiple balls into the 2nd deck.
Chris Young hit a couple balls into the LF BBQ Terrace.
And Nate Frieman also put on a show.
He hit a ball that landed about 20 feet to my right, but I got a late jump on it, plus there was a guy positioned perfectly to make the catch. The ball. however, tipped off his glove, landing in the row of seats behind him. I rushed over to get it, but he picked it up a second before I did.
That was pretty much it for A’s BP. As the A’s finished hitting, the Texas pitchers began throwing.
Rangers BP flat out sucked. I spent all of it in LF, and over all of Texas BP, 1 ball was into the bleachers, and it was as Geovany Soto HR caught on the fly by Ryan.
I did get a toss-up from Matt Garza, but nobody else tossed anything up.
I headed back to RF after BP.
Ralliney was wearing a jersey of A’s bullpen catcher Casey Chavez, which I thought was great.
Spencer, one of the regulars in RF, was celebrating his birthday, so somebody baked green and yellow cupcakes. They were AMAZING!
We were all just goofing around and having a good time.
I was sitting on the end of 149, in the first row. To my right was Satoshi, with his ever-awesome hat.
He also got this picture of me, wearing his A’s mask.
The game got underway, and in the 2nd inning, I saw this on the scoreboard.
Then I looked over to the Texas bullpen.
As for the game itself, I didn’t get any pictures, but the A’s scored 2 runs in the 1st, on a Brandon Moss RBI double, then the Rangers scored 2 runs of their own in the 2nd, on a Nelson Cruz 2-Run homer.
The Rangers scored 2 runs in each the 3rd and 4th innings as well, then after an A’s run in the 4th, the Rangers were ahead 6-3.
Around the 6th or 7th inning, this guy tried starting the wave.
And eventually the wave did start, much to the displeasure of everyone in Right Field, especially Daniel.
In the 7th inning, I saw these people come up behind the right field fence.
One of those people- Ian Sagabaen, aka Greatest Sign Maker!
What was he doing down there? Well he had this sign.
Between the 7th and 8th innings, they all went out onto the field.
It was the 1st ever Saag’s Hall of Fame Race!
Rollie (Yellow Jersey), Rickey (Green Jersey), and Eck (White Jersey) started at the LF corner, and ran around the field, past the infield, towards this setup in the RF corner.
Ian had made a sign for each of the players, or runners, and he was holding the one for Rollie!
It was a great time!
They came down the home stretch, with Rickey in the lead.
And the winner was… The GREATEST of All Time!
They then exited the field.
And posed for a picture behind the fence.
I think everyone enjoyed it a whole lot!
After the wave had finished, the score was 8-3, and it stayed that way for the rest of the game, as the A’s dropped to the Rangers, 8-3.
This was my last game in Oakland until the next home stand, as I will be coming to one of the games where Zack Hample would be in town, on August 15th!
- 23rd Game this Year (17th MLB Game)
- 3 Balls at this Game
- 23 balls in 17 MLB games this season = 1.36 Balls Per Game
- 70 Balls this season
- 51 Lifetime MLB Baseballs
- 113 Lifetime Baseballs
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