4/10/09 at the Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum

You guys asked for it, so here it is! This is the first of hopefully many throwback entries from games that I went to before I started ballhawking and blogging.

Given that this is the first installment of my throwback entries, I thought it would be appropriate to start with the A’s Home Opener from 2009 against the Seattle Mariners. Unfortunately, unlike Zack Hample, I haven’t ever kept a journal, so I will be writing these entries from my memory, pictures, and box scores.

Friday, April 1oth, 2009

This was supposed to be the A’s 5th game of the season. On April 8th, young pitcher Nick Adenhart had just tossed 6 scoreless innings for the Angels against Oakland in LA. However, shortly after midnight on April 9th,  Nick and two others were killed by a suspected drunk driver. The crash occurred just hours after he had completed the game. Rightfully so, the A’s and Angels postponed their Thursday game. So, the Friday game was Oakland’s 4th game of the season.

This was not the only event being honored at this game. On March 21st, 2009, four veteran members of the Oakland Police Department were killed in a shooting. Members of the OPD lined up around the infield for the lineup introductions as well as the national anthem.

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Members of the OPD also presented the large flag in center field.

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Every player on both teams wore a special OPD hat during pre-game introductions and 4 baseballs and 4 OPD hats were laid on the mound for a moment of silence.

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After the ceremony and player introductions, the players finished stretching and getting loose before game time.

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Starting for the Mariners was Australian-born pitcher Ryan Rowland-Smith, one of Todd Cook’s favorite players!

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This picture shows the proximity of our seats to the field. We were pretty close to the field!
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If you click on the picture above, you can zoom in and I believe you can see Will and Wiggi with their flags in right field. Cool!

On the mound for Oakland, making his Major League debut was Brett Anderson!
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He had a rough outing, giving up 5 runs on 7 hits and 2 walks, in 6 innings, to go along with only 2 strikeouts.

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In the picture above, take note of who is playing first base. That’s Nomar Garciaparra!

Endy Chavez was the Mariners leadoff hitter.

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Ichiro was out with an injury, so guess who was starting in right field? It was Ken Griffey Jr! Another Todd Cook favorite!
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The A’s leadoff hitter was Ryan Sweeney.

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Matt Holiday was hitting cleanup for Oakland in this game.
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And Jack Cust was in right.

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I think this was the only game where I got to see “The Kid” play.IMG_9022

You might remember my friend Sal from this game in 2012. He was with my dad and I for this game!

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The Mariners went on to win 5-4, mostly because of Seattle’s 5-run 2nd inning. The A’s scored single runs in the 1st and 2nd, along with 2 runs in the 6th, but were unable to come back after the big inning. Brett Anderson took the loss in his MLB debut, with Chris Jakubauskas taking the loss. I will, however give you the box score from the game, and I will do this for every throwback entry I write.

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I hope you guys enjoyed this entry. Go ahead and vote for which game I should write about next! I’ll add more games as we progress through the offseason!

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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