So I was surfing through pictures that my ad took at A’s games is the past few years, and decided to share some.
Legoo with 2007?
Lets look at 2008:
Now a look at 2009, where I have a few more pictures:
So yeah… thats it… if you want to see 2011 pics, you can read the blog entries. Comment in the comment section below or on Facebook or Twittr and tell me what you think…
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. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
Like always, thanks to my mom and dad for being willing to take my sister and I to an A’s game on their *anniversery* Pretty awesome. (And yes, they did get to got to dinner after)
Pretty Hacking awesome. My family showed up at the Coliseum at 11:20 and we immediately got in line because I wanted that jersey. Really bad. Now for the record, any more pictures that I show for the rest of this entry were taken by my dad. He is a good picture taker. (Yes, I know photographer is the term)
So, I did get a Suzuki jersey so, I was happy. Now, when we got to our seats, Rich Harden was warming up, along with Andrew Bailey, Brian Fuentes, and a few others. I was really hoping to get a ball cause, well you know. I want more balls.
All of these people were playing with baseballs. There was no BP today, which sucked. I had to rely on balls from players. I knew all the players faces, and nobody tossed me a ball. Ugh. Then, rich Harden started a bullpen session in the bullpen, so I went over there to try to get a ball
Then, he stopped for a minute and ran over to the LF bleachers. Some guy in the LF bleachers tossed Gio Gonzalez a box of fricking TWINKIES! He just tossed then on to the field, Gio caught them, and took them to the bullpen. After that, I really didn’t know what to say. Well, actually I did. And it goes like this: “Gio! Could I have a ball?” But, no, no ball, after that “Gio can you sign my ticket?” Well that, he did.
Then, I went to go get a program and when I came back, nobody was on the field; the out came Brandon McCarthy in the gold jersey. Yes! He started warming up with Casey Chavez, the A’s bullpen catcher, and Eric Chavez’s brother.
And despite I was the only one in my section who knew they actually were, they ignored me once they were done. No ball for Nick. The, Kurt Suzuki jogged out of the A’s dugout and headed toward the bullpen. He got a round of applause because it was his jersey day. He went to the bullpen to warm up with Brandon.
After that, I really don’t know what so say. I mean, the Twins score three runs. Jim Theme hit his 597th career home run.
That was cool. Then, the A’s scored 7 runs. It started with Jemile weeks beating the throw at first on what should have been a routine groundball out
No seriously. I was having a great time.
Then, Andrew bailey came to close out the game in the top of the ninth, even though it was not a save situation.
*Score: A’s 7 – Twins 3
*Autographs: 1- Gio Gonzalez
*Giveaway: 1- Gold Jersey
*Balls: 0 :,,,,,,(
*Overall- Goodday game wise, cool giveaway, I got an autograph,, but 2 games in a a row with no ball…
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First of all, I want to thank my dad for a) taking time off of work to do this with me; b) buying tickets for thr Doubleheader; c) waiting out the rain delay; and d) being generally awesome in supporting me in this.
I left my house at 5:00 to be there for the 7:05 game, despite all the rain in the Bay Area. My dad and I got tickets for another game and then entered the Coliseum. I mean the O.co Coliseum, sorry. And it was a Free Parking Tuesday. Sorry, I mean Chevy Freey Parking Tuesday…
The tarp was on the field and it was 6:15. Thing were not looking good for me and my dad. Nobody was on the field except for the groundscrew, so no chance toget any ball or autographs. I headed to hte team store to get a 2011 A’s yearbook, this was my first A’s game of the year, and then went back to check on the field. Still, a tarp.
Still tarped on. I went to get a burger from thsi awesome place at the coliseum called the Burger Shack. Best double cheeeseburger ever! (Other than In-n-Out, of course!) I watched from the LF foul pole. Then, off for the fish n chips for my dad. By that time, it was 6:45 and the game stars in 20 minutes. We went to sit in some random seats adn watched them start to take off the tarp:
Then we spent 75 Minutes listening to 2 men siting a few rows behind us yell at the groundskeepers for not doing their job and how they were fired and a bunch of other crap. THe groundskeepers were doing 3 main things: 1) shoveling water out of the outfield; 2)spreading dry dirt on the infield and mixing it in with the wet dirt; and 3)standing next to the tarp for no good reason, as seen in the picture above.
Finally the game started at 8:17 or something like that and the first batter of the game, Emilio Bonifacio singled, and it was the ONLY hit the Marlins got in the entire game! Because of my seats, I was in a horrible ballhawking spot. Then, I realized in about the second inning that there were about 7 foul balls that had landed in the section 2 sections away. Of course no more foul balls came to us there for the rest of the game.
In the bottom of the the 7th, some kind man came up to my dad and I and asked if we wanted to sit in the first row right behind the A’s dugout. He was some awesome old guy that was leaving. My dad and I took the tickets and SCORE! We sat behind the dugout for the rest of the game.
Our view was amazing, we were sitting on the aisle and I was pounding on the top of the dugout. Gio was pitching amazing and yeah. After the A’s finished warming up in the top of the 8th, and Tye Waller threw me a warm-up ball.My first ball of the day! I was just so glad that I didn’t get shut out and got at least one ball.
The game ended and the A’s won 1-0. Good day. I stayed around to see if I could get an more balls or get Kur Suzuki’s autograph, he was doing a postgame interview with Comcast SportsNet California. It was so cool, we could hear Kurt Talking, answering questions and it was awesome.
Then the ushers got mad at us for still being there and made us leave. Overall, good day!
The Oakland Athletics swept the Baltimore Orioles today and got their season-high 4th win in the row.
The A’s got 10 hits for the 4th day in a row and DeJesus was the only starter that didn’t get a hit. Willingham cashed in with 4 RBIs, so he now has 35, tied for 12th in the Majors, 6th in the AL. Josh also hit a three-run home run, his 9th home run, tied for 10th in the AL, 20th in the majors. Moscoso pitched 5 inning, allowing 4 earned runs, and one strikeout. Crsip stole his 16th base of the year in the 7th inning. The bullpen was solid, allowing only 2 hits in 4 inning. Andrew Bailey made his first apperance in 2011, fresh off the DL. He had a 1-2-3 seventh inning. Balfour got his 11th hold and Fuentes sealed the game with his 11th save of the season.
Here are the stats for today’s game:
HR: Willingham (9, 5th inning off Britton, 2 on, 2 out).
TB: Crisp; Barton; Jackson, C; Willingham 5; Suzuki, K; Ellis; Kouzmanoff 2; Pennington.
RBI: Willingham 4 (35), Jackson, C (13), Barton (13).
2-out RBI: Jackson, C; Willingham 3.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: DeJesus; Jackson, C 4.
Team RISP: 3-for-8.
Team LOB: 9.
SB: Crisp (16, 2nd base off Accardo/Wieters).
2B: Hardy (6, Moscoso).
TB: Pie; Guerrero; Wieters; Hardy 3; Reynolds, Ma.
RBI: Pie (5), Reimold (7), Markakis (16), Guerrero (22).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Reynolds, Ma 2; Wieters; Andino.
Team RISP: 1-for-6.
Team LOB: 5.
SB: Reynolds, Ma (3, 2nd base off Breslow/Suzuki, K).
W: Moscoso (2-0, 3.27)
L: Britton (5-3, 2.93)
SV: Fuentes (11)
Here is Tom Green’s summary of the game:
For the first time all season, the A’s swept a three-game series. They have Josh Willingham to thank for that.
Willingham drove in four runs, including a three-run go-ahead home run, as the A’s downed the Orioles, 6-4, to complete the sweep.
Willingham’s fifth-inning blast, his ninth of the season, capped a four-run inning that saw the A’s rally from a 4-1 deficit and climb back to .500 on the season. Fittingly, like the A’s did all weekend, Willingham’s round-tripper came with two outs and when the A’s needed it the most, as Baltimore had put up a four-spot on the board in the top of the inning.
Starter Guillermo Moscoso, making his second start for the injured Tyson Ross, cruised through the first four innings on 40 pitches, but stalled in the fifth, when the Orioles sent eight men to the plate. Moscoso (2-0) gave up back-to-back singles to lead off the inning before Robert Andino reached on a fielder’s choice that baffled the A’s. Andino laid down a bunt and the A’s attempted to get the lead runner out at third, but he was called safe — prompting an argument from A’s manager Bob Geren.
As a result, Moscoso found himself in a bases-loaded jam with no outs. One at-bat later, Felix Pie hit a fly ball to right-center field and a diving Coco Crisp couldn’t come up with the ball, resulting in a run. Moscoso then gave up a bases-loaded walk before surrendering consecutive RBI groundouts and eventually escaping the inning.
But once again, the A’s found timely hitting, as they recorded double-digit hits for the fourth straight game and all four of their runs in the fifth came with two down. The lead was good enough to put Moscoso in line for the win before handing the game over to the bullpen, which tossed four scoreless innings — including one from two-time All-Star closer Andrew Bailey, who made his first appearance of the season after being sidelined with a right forearm injury.
May 29th, 1:05 PT
G. Moscoso (1-0, 0.00) Moscoso filled in well for the injured Tyson Ross on Tuesday. He tossed six shutout innings and allowed only three hits as he helped the A’s snap a six-game skid as well as notch a win in his first outing of the season.
1. Crisp, CF
2. Barton, 1B
3. Jackson, LF
4. Willingham, DH
5. Suzuki, C
6. DeJesus, RF
7. Ellis, 2B
8. Kouzmanoff, 3B
9. Pennington, SS
Z. Britton (5-2, 2.35)- Britton received his third straight no-decision on Tuesday night against the Royals. After battling for six innings, the southpaw gave up three earned runs on nine hits, but received just two runs of support.
1. Pie, LF
2. Jones, CF
3. Markakis, RF
4. Guerrero, DH
5. Wieters, C
6. Scott, 1B
7. Hardy, SS
8. Reynolds, 3B
9. Andino, 2B
-The A’s are going for the sweep of the Orioles today
-The A’s are 19-4 when they score four or more runs in a game, 7-23 when they score less than 4 runs, lets score 4 runs!
-Moscoso can get the win for the A’s
-Geren should get tossed in the first inning just so the A’s win the game
-Put Fuentes in if it is a save situation, not with the bases loaded, bottom nine, tied 3-3!
-Bailey is off the DL, Cramer to AAA, expect to see Bailey sometime in the game
-The A’s are great in day baseball- let’s win!