5/11/14 at the Oakland Coliseum

Would you like to know what makes my mom better than any other mother out there? She ASKED to spend Mother’s Day at the Coliseum! She, Pascale and I arrived at the Coliseum around 9:30 or 10, with my grandmother, uncle, and dad planning on showing up closer to game time.

Everyone was in a good mood when we got to Gate MM! Will showed off his “Bess Bow” shirt, which you can purchase from Perfect Game Gear if you are interested. If you want to know the back story behind the design, ask Bess Frankoff or Jamey Van Dyke on Twitter!

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Bryanne was in a great mood!

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Daniel was rocking his new jersey, which is customized with his Twitter handle on the back (give him a follow!).

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And of course, Will LOVED my big glove.

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Yes. The big glove was making an appearance at this game. And yes, I fully intended to use it.

I headed straight to the Nationals bullpen down the right field line as soon as they started warming up.
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Unfortunately, the Nationals pitchers were not using the pink-laced Mother’s Day balls. They were using regular MLB balls.
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I know the lacing looks pink, but you’ll have to take my word that it is red.

About 45 minutes after the gates opened, I still had no balls to show for it, despite my Nationals hat, so I decided to break out the big glove. And what do you know? Ross Detwiler hooked me up when he saw it!

After all of the pitchers had left, a few others came out, including Drew Storen, who tossed me a ball once he was done. I promptly handed it to a young boy next to me that was at his first ever baseball game. He was able to get it signed, too!

The Nats then did something amazing. THEY TOOK INFIELD!!!!!!!

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And this guy kind of just chilled on the ground.

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After Nationals infield practice, I had my sister take this picture of me for the Scavenger Hunt.

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Because it was Mother’s Day, this game was also Breast Cancer Awareness Day.

And that meant that the ice cream stand had pink ice cream helmets!

Gio Gonzalez was on the mound for Washington.

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His opponent this afternoon was Scott Kazmir, who has had a very good season for Oakland.

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Kazmir had a very good game, but I’ll get to that later on.IMG_7706

As he usually is, Josh Reddick was in right field.

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In the first inning, Josh Donaldson drew a 2-out walk.

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Yoenis Cespeedes then singled to center field.

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And Derek Norris stepped to the plate.

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He hit a 3-run home run! Aftre an Alberto Callaspo single, Brandon Moss singled as well!

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Nick Punto then singled in Callaspo to give the A’s an early 4-0 lead.

Even though he struck out to end the inning, Josh Reddick was feeling good.

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And Kazmir was still dueling.

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Craig Gentry singled to lead off the bottom of the second.

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Two outs later, Yoenis Cespedes walked and Derek Norris smashed ANOTHER 3-run home run, this time putting the A’s ahead 7-0!

I thought this was a cool picture of Josh Donaldson.

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Remember how I said the Kazmir was dealing? In 7 innings, he allowed 4 hits and no runs, while striking out 4 Nats hitters.

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And before the 7th inning, Dennis Eckersley ONCE AGAIN lost the Hall of Fame Race…

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Like the night before, Jerry Blevins once again warmed up for the Nationals.

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And he actaully came in! However, he allowed 2 runs on 2 hits.

Nick Punto doubled in Alberto Callaspo and Brandon Moss to make it 9-0 A’s.
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Good times! All 9 runs we scored were off of former A’s players.IMG_8603

Newly acquired reliever Joe Savery pitched a scoreless 8th, only allowing 1 hit.

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With the game at 9-0, Jim Johnson came into the game.

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He allowed one run on two hits with a strikeout.

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And the A’s won 9-1. Yay! I got two balls and a pink ice cream helmet. Good times. Thanks for reading, everyone.

Remember, I’m publishing a new blog entry every day!  If you click on the game title, it will take you to a link that WILL NOT GO LIVE UNTIL THE ENTRY IS PUBLISHED. If you click on the game title before it is published, you will be given a page that says “The page you were looking for was not found.” You’ll be able to check out the game entry once it is published. Check out the list to find out when my next game entry will be!

  • Friday, June 20th: 5/25/14 at John Thurman Field (Beyond the Outfield Fence)
  • Saturday, June 21st: 5/30/14 at the Oakland Coliseum
  • Sunday, June 22nd: 6/13/14 at the Oakland Coliseum

BALLHAWKING STATS:

  • 9th game this year (6th MLB Game)
  • 2 balls at this game
  • 4 ball in 6 MLB games this season = 0.67 Balls Per Game
  • 19 baseball this season
  • 72 Lifetime MLB Baseballs
  • 182 Lifetime Baseballs

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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 @RFNick149. 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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