Bleacher Gatherings #1

A couple of entries ago, you guys said that you would want me to blog about any Oakland Bleacher gatherings that I go to, and I have two to talk about in this entry!

First off, towards the end of October, there was a Bleacher Barbecue at Mosswood Park in Oakland. It was the first of the off-season events, and it was a great time!

When we got there, Will took a picture of me, my sister, and my dad.

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AWWWWWWW!

I spent about a half hour talking to people before I engaged in some wiffle ball with Samuel.

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He has some good movement on his pitches!

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I got quite a few solid hits off of him, but he was fooling me quite a bit!
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Thanks to Will for this photo!

When I took the mound, I was focusing on my knuckleball, but it did go wild a few times!

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After some food, catch, and wiffle ball, I headed over to join in with the softball game.

I forget who was on what teams, but my I can remember that my team had me, Rick Arens,and  Mike Davie. The other team had Jorge if I am not mistaken…

Ross and Samuel didn’t play, but they did come out to watch!

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As did Will and Vanessa!

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Keith Salminen was on the other team as well. He is the man behind A’s Fan Radio.

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And let me tell you right now… He can hit!

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Rick was putting some good balls into play.

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As was Jorge.

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I’m not sure who this is… But he was BOMBING it. I’d say he was hitting it at least 300-350 feet. It was impressive!

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Jorge was also muscling some balls up.

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Keith’s younger brother, David also hit a few home runs, he was hitting it far as well!
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If I remember correctly, Jorge hit a home run at some point.

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This guy was hitting it far as well.

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If I am not mistaken, I went 4-7 on the day, with 3 singles and a double, 1 run scored, and 5 RBIs.s

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I also played second base, making some gold-glove worthy plays if I do say so myself.

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Will took those two photos of me.

That is more or less it! My team won on a walk-off grand slam, so that was pretty epic. I think the score was 54-53. I ate some more food, socialize a bit more, then we decided it was time to head home. It was a great time!

Next… Bleacher Bowling #3…

Every other week, members of the Right and Left Field bleachers join up for Pizza and Bowling! I was unable to make the 2 held in November, but thankfully the gathering on December 2nd I was able to attend! Usually, 2o or so bleacher members gather at Porky’s Pizza Palace for a couple of hours, then head off to Manor Bowl for some bowling fun!

The event “started” at 7:30pm, but my dad, sister, and I got there around 7:45ish. I didn’t get any pictures of the pizza eating or anything of that nature, but if you must know, I got a cheese pizza with bacon. It was amazing.

Around 9:15, we headed to go bowling down the street at Manor Bowl.

We had lanes 1-5. In lane 1 was Cara Miller and her family. Lane 2 was Will and Shane Roe. Lane 3 was Ryan, Omar Gonazlez, Vanessa, and Myself. Lane 4 was Wiggi, my dad, my sister, Christain Gin, and Karl Goldthrope.. I forget who was in Lane 5. There were also a lot of people just hanging out and watching!

My dad finished 2nd in his group of 5.

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And Omar finished 2nd both times in our lane.

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He can put some CRAZY spin on the ball!

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Vanessa and I were in a constant battle for 3rd place.

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And Ryan was just blowing everyone away. He is a very good bowler! Omar gave him a little run for his money, but Ryan came out on top!IMG_7455

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Will has an interesting bowling style.

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That involves a dance every time he gets a strike or spare.

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See?

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It’s fun to watch!

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He was taking some silly pictures with Vanessa when it wasn’t his turn.

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This is the picture that was being taken.

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Thanks to Will for that photo!

I was doing okay…

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I had quite a few gutter balls…

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But I did have a couple of spares I think.

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I feel like the ball I was using was too heavy…

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Here’s a great photo of my dad and sister, as taken by Will!

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Here’s a photo Will got of my sister

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Will also took the last 3 photos of me. Thanks!

Like I mentioned, Omar was on his game!

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Going into the last frame, this was the score of my dad and sister’s game.

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In his last game, Will decided to bowl like this…

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He didn’t do great, but he actually did get a strike!
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But like I mentioned, Ryan was the best out of everyone there!IMG_7985We left around 10pm or so, but it was a great time!

Whenever there are any more bleacher gatherings, I will be sure to get lots of pictures and post blog entries about them!

I *may* have another entry up tomorrow. If not, it will be up next weekend! A couple of weeks ago, I went to a Stockton Thunder game with my dad. Since you guys want me to blog about it, I will!

Thanks for reading!

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Nick Badders is a blogger for MLB.com. He writes the blog, 7000 Coliseum Way, and you can follow him on Twitter @nickbatters. You can also LIKE his blog on Facebook. This blog entry was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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