Like I usually do, I have to thank my dad. He bought the tickets for these games and was willing to take me and a friend there, really awesome!
Fresh off a double-dip, I wake up at 9:00 am to get ready to go 80’s day at the O.co Coliseum. This game, it was going to be just me, my dad, and my friend Ryan. Ryan is cool. He is a Dodgers, A’s, Raiders, and Lakers fan. He’s co sool that on Tuesday, he and his mom are taking me to the Giants-Dodgers game in SF on tuesday. I can’t wait. Will blog about it after.
Well, we got to the Coliseum at 11:10, 10 minutes after it opened, and yes we all got our bobbleheads, and they are awesome. Well this is what we saw (I was already down there with Ryan and our friend Chris who randomly showed up)
And by the time I was done taking that picture, nobody was on the field, so I kinda had nothing to do so i talked with Chris and Ryan.
That’s Me on the left, Chris in the Middle, and Ryan on the Right.
Then, Chris left because, well I don’t know, but he kinda just walked away so I fet it was time for me to help Ryan snag his first MLB baseball. I had been there the day before for 7 hours so I figured they would recognize me, and clearly they did give me the cold shoulder. Especially Angels bullpen catcher Tom Gregorio and bullpen coach Steve Soliz. Weather I yelled, asked politely, or just asked. They ignored me. When Tom went to play catch with starting Catcher Bobby Wilson, I asked for the bal, but no, he put it in his bag.
Then, they left, just dissapeared into the bullpen dugout. Then, some random people sprinted out of the gate with Stomper, the A’s mascot in the “Smiling Chevron Car” and those people were throwing bead necklaces and baseballs into the crowd.
Yeah, number 44 cause that’s Hank Aaron’s number, MC goes with it too.
And that first inning. The A’s kept hitting, they hit, and hit, Conner Jackson hot a Grand slam and they kept hitting. & runs beforethey got an out! *-run first inning. Wow! I finally figured out where the A’s offense has been in 2011… The 1980’s jerseys. Duh! Well, after that, nothing much honestly really happened.
Now, there was this one guy that kept warming up for the Angels, his name is Michael Kohn. Everybody thought his name was David Cone. They really did. This guy satrted yelling that David Kone is throwing like a girl, that he’s never warmed up before, that he could hit him, blah, blah, blah. Then, I turned around and yelled at him, “It’s pronounced KOHN!” That shut him up for the rest of the game. Especially after Dick Callahan sid “May I have your attention please. Ladies and gentlemen, now comming in to pitch for the Los Angeles Angels of Aneheim, Michael Kohn” I turned around and looked at that guy and he slumped in his seat. So funny.
Then, this guy got mad at another guy for his kids wearing Giants jerseys and hats to the A’s game. Then they kept cussing. Stuff that I shouldn’t type. And I will leave it at that.
Once the game was over, with a 9-1 A’s win. Ryan and I headed over to the A’s dugout to get autogrphs. By the time we got there, no players were there. We went back to our seats and looked around to see If anyone had left a bobblehead onh accident. We looked for about 20 minutes. No luck.
Well on Tuesday, July 19th, I’m going to the Giants vs. Dodgers game in SF with Ryan. Will take pics, try to snag some balls, blog, ect, ect.
Double-dip at the Coliseum? Heck yeah! Saturday’s doubleheader was awesome! 2 games, one ticket, 35 minutes in between games.
My entire family went to this game, all four of us. We left our house around 11ish and were at the Coliseum at about 11:40. We got inside and went straight to our seats. and I don’t mean to brag, but they were pretty awesome.
Now that wall that you might be able to see on the left side is the wall that I kept leaning over to try to get balls. I love that wall. My seat was just barey out of the view from that shot. And we were in perfect ball snagging territory. I mean awesome! The bullpen was down and to our left and the outfield was was to our right. Jered Weaver was pitching for the Angels in the first game and was warming up with Jeff Mathis an hour or so before the game.
Now the reason I bother to show that picture is because when he was done warming up with Weaver, he tossed the ball to me. I was decked out in my A’s stuff, my gold jersey, stars and stripes hat, and green and gold bead necklaces. There were plently of other fans, most of them in Angels gear, but because I was the only youngster(ish) I got the ball. 1 down, a lot more to go (I hope)
What really pissed me off was that nobody was warming up on the field and it was 40 minutes before the game time.
Do you see anyone in that picture? No. I mean, it is a doubleheader and all, and a day game after a night game, so I can’t expect batting practice, but still, player at least might want top get ready or something like that.
And yeah, that is the picture before with a self-drawn red circle done in Photoshop. And yes, I don’t draw very well on the computer. But that is just about where the ball was sitting. 15 minutes before the game started some ball boy noticed it, ran to go get it and put in in my glove. I guess he can’t throw or something like that.
Once the game started, everything was pretty boring, I mean, If the right fielder got a thrid out ball, bam flip to me. A foul ball down the right field line, bam, me. Foul ball pulled by a lefty, bam I catch it. But no, the foul ball gods didn’t like me very much today.
There was one really exciting thing that happened for the A’s. For those of you that don’t know, Hedeki Matsui has 499 Home Runs combined between Japan and MLB. In the bottom of the 8th inning, with 1 out, Hedeki Matsui hit a line drive that looked like it was going to clear the wall and yellow line, and Bob Melvin thought it had.
An then a pinch runner (Ryan Sweeny) was put in to run for Matsui. After that, the game was pretty boring, msotly cause the A’s lost. Then I had 35 minutes before the second game started. I decided to go to other side of stadium to get some ice cream, but I guess everybody else wanted to get out of their seats. It took us 30 minutes to walk from our seats to the other side of the coliseum, and we never got any food. Of course, Rich Harden decided for the A’s to change from the home white jersey to the Green alternates. Ervin Santana and the Angels changed to the Alternete red tops.
Another thing, if you have never been to the Coliseum in Oakland, there are some people in the RF bleachers that hold up signs that spell out Matsuiland every time Hedeki Matsui comes up to bat, and now, use them to cover their heads when birds fly over. They are pretty awesome.
Other than that, most of the game was pretty humdrum, the Frozen Lemonade man completly avoided me during the second game and then, I realized that the game was tied. And then, the game went into extra innings. Then, Scott Sizemore cam up with runners on seond and third with two outs:
Scott Sizemore hit the ball in the Right-Center gap and yeah, the A’s won. Neighter outfielder threw the ball to me, they did something with it, no idea. But the A’s split the doubleheader. Overall, good day. On Sunday, I’m going to 80’s day with my dad and my friend Ryan . Looks like it should be a good day.
Sorry I havenn’t posted anything lately, for those of you who actually read this blog. I have purcahsed tickets for a few upcoming games and thought I should share.
Tuesday, June 28th, 2011
O.Co Coliseum- Oakland, California
Florida Marlins @ Oakland Athletics
Game time: 7:05 PT
The Marlins come to town for another Interleague series. Chevy Free Parking Tuesday as well. Free Parking, Interleague in Oakland. Win-Win. Will take pics, post blog entry regarding the game.
Saturday, July 16th, 2011
O.Co Coliseum- Oakland, California
Los Angeles Angels of Aneheim @ Oakland Athletics
Game time: 1:05 PT, TBD PT
The Angels are in Oakland and this is a special weekend. It’s 80’s weekend. Duh! I am going to the doubleheader on Satuday. How cool is that? I might also go to 80’s day with an MC Hammer Bobblehead. Stay Tuned..
I might also go to two or three more games.
August 13th in Oakland vs. the Rangers is a possibility.
I might also get to meet the beastly ballhawk Zack Hample in Oakland on September 2nd and maybe September 3rd in San Fran. If you want to know where he is headed, he recently updated his blog with info on his quest for 1,000 balls this year and all 30 MLB stadiums this year.
I will update more. Stay Tuned. So long from my house somewhere on the earth…