8/13/13 at the Oakland Coliseum

I had a hard time deciding wether or not to go to this game. In the end, I decided to go.

This will be one of my shortest entries, since nothing much happened.

My mom, sister, and I got to the Coliseum around 5. The gates opened at 5:30, and I ran inside, where the Astros were well into Batting Practice.

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I headed straight to left field. It didn’t really matter. BP sucked. It really did.

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Oh, and did I mention how ugly the field was? The Oakland Raiders had played in the Coliseum a few days before, and it certainly wasn’t invisible.

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Back to Batting Practice. One ball was hit into the seats in all 30 minutes of Astros BP. It was hit into foul territory too. None of the players or coaches were tossing anything up. None of them even considered tossing any balls up. Not a single person that I am aware of in LF got a ball.

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I headed to RF for the tail end of BP, hoping someone there was a bit nicer, as I didn’t want to get shut out. Almost immediately after I got to Right Field, the field emptied.

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The only toss-up that I saw on Tuesday was after BP ended. And guess who caught the ball? MY SISTER! Yep, my sister got a ball tossed to her!

From what she told me, a lot of players were trying to toss balls to the Right Field BBQ Terrace, but the players were either not tossing it far enough, or the people couldn’t catch them. Proof?

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Yeah. A security guard ended up picking them up.

One of them clearly had an MLB logo.
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I couldn’t tell about the other one.

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That was it for the pre-game. To the game…

Do you remember back in May when the A’s were in Cleveland and this happened?

The umpire that made the decision to uphold the call was Angel Hernandez. A’s fans have hated him ever since.

Guess who the first base umpire was today?

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Oh boy did we give him crap. For the entire game, we did not stop screaming at him. We got into several ANGEL SUCKS! chants.

After the first half-inning, we spent the inning break chanting ANGEL SUCKS! He then got into a staredown with the right field bleachers. It was quite a scene.

Here was my view for the game.

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He enjoyed the dot race in the 4th inning.

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One of the pitchers in the bullpen spent some time chatting with the people in the first row.

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As for the game… The Astros scored 2 runs in the 2nd and 3rd inning, as well as a single run in the 4th, which the A’s countered with a run of their own. At this point, the A’s were losing the ASTROS after 4 innings, and Josh Reddick was not impressed.

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Then, our camera battery died, as we forgot to bring extras.

The A’s scored 3 more runs in the 8th on a Josh Reddick single, followed by a Yoenis Cespedes home run, bringing it to a 1-run game.

After Seth Smith grounded out in the top of the 9th, Stephen Vogt walked, which was followed by an Eric Sogard flyout,

Then, Chris Young stepped to the plate. On the 2nd pitch of the at bat, on a 0-1 pitch, he lined a pitch down the left field line. From where I was sitting, it looked like the Yoenis Cespedes HR in the 8th inning, and I though it was a walk-off. However, that was not the case.

What do you think? It was called foul, then Young struck out on the next pitch to end the game.

After looking at the replay, the ball definitely was on the foul side of the foul pole, however it looked like it changed directions after just barely hitting the foul pole. So it really could go either way. If the ball had been just an inch to either direction, it would have been clear, but unfortunately that was not the case.

That’s all for this entry. BP sucked. Frustrating game.

BALLHAWKING STATS:

  • 28th Game this Year (18th MLB Game)
  • 0 Balls at this Game
  • 23 balls in 18 MLB games this season = 1.28 Balls Per Game
  • 93 Balls this season
  • 51 Lifetime MLB Baseballs
  • 136 Lifetime Baseballs

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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.

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