Category: Free Swag

2/16/13 at the Stockton Arena

Sorry this post is up late guys!

It’s time for more hockey!

If you remember, a couple of months ago, I went to my first ever Stockton Thunder game.

This game was between the Stockton Thunder, the ECHL affiliate of the Edmonton Oilers and the San Francisco Bulls, the ECHL affilaiate of my San Jose Sharks!thunder_bulls

Last year, the Thunder were an affiliate of the Sharks, but I guess this year, it’s the Bulls!

Of course, I’m a Sharks fan, but for me, the Stockton Thunder are my favorite Minor League hockey team!

Are you ready for an exciting story about tickets?

*Due to the President’s Day Holiday, I had a 4-day-Weekend*

Do you remember my uncle? I went to this A’s game with him.

Well his birthday was this past Wednesday, and as a present, I thought it would be cool to take him to a hockey game, since I know he is a big sports guy.

Given the fact that he is in a wheelchair and visually disabled, my dad and I attempted to order a wheelchair accessible seat with 2 companion seats from the Thunder website.

Before that, however, we called the Thunder, who connected us to Ticketmaster.
We tried to go through the automated machine to get tickets and after that din’t work, we were on hold for 10 or so minutes before we actually got to talk to a real person, who was unable to help us.

At this point my dad submitted the request for for the 3 seats online. He then soon got an email back saying that they had 2 open where we requested, but they had to have a 3rd seat in the back of the section.

Yeah… Awesome…

At this point, my dad called the ticket office, where he was helped by a ticket person.

He got off the phone and told me he had gotten seats 8,9, and 10… ON THE GLASS?

How awesome is that???

Up until the game started, I made a point to often pull out my phone and make quick video updates. I put them all together to make this video…

So my *Awesome* dad and I left the house around 4:00 PM to pick up my uncle and head out to Stockton for the 7:30 game.

We quickly stopped for gas, picked up my uncle, and we were on our way to Stockton!

Right next door to the Stockton Arena is Banner Island Ballpark, home of the Stockton Ports!

After the 45-minute car ride, we pulled into the parking lot across the street from the arena, and after seeing only 20 or so people in line, we decided to walk around the area a little bit.

We walked past this table set up for Military Appreciation nightIMG_1403

This is where we were at this point

I got a few good pictures of the ArenaIMG_1406IMG_1415

My dad and uncle headed closer to the water, but I immediately headed over to Banner Island Ballpark, home of the Stockton Ports, where I was able to get this photo IMG_1421

I then took a picture at a different angle to capture the amazing sunset

I had to get a picture of myself as well!

This was the scene behind the stadiumIMG_1416

Yeah. And I wonder how whenever I go there, I don’t get 20 balls every game!

I then went over to meet them at the far side of the marina, where we started to walk back towards Banner Island Ballpark, as my uncle wanted to go check it out.IMG_1434

On our way over, we found this cool thing.

Then from the same area, I was able to get a few more pictures of the sunset over the marina

From here, we decided to head back and get in lineIMG_1436

We got in line at about 6:00, so we still had a half-hour until the doors opened

So my dad went to go pick up our tickets!

This is the ticket office areaIMG_1465

The line was quickly getting *very* longIMG_1461

Soon enough, it was 6:30, and we headed inside, where we were handed these snazzy Thunder hats

We walked into the entrance that said floor access only, where we found our seats! As soon as we walked in, I took a picture of the curtains we had walked through

The view from our seats

If you can come up with ANY view that is better than that, let me know!

I decided that I wanted to walk around and check out the full concourse, so I headed up these stairsIMG_1472IMG_1473

And I walked along the upper concourse areaIMG_1474IMG_1476IMG_1477IMG_1478

I soon found myself in what seemed to be a larger concourse area

This was how I got thereIMG_1483

You know how baseball stadiums have speed pitch? Well at the Stockton Arena, they have a similar thing, but you hit a puck into holes in a screen and it records your speed!

This was my view of the ice!

I quickly found my dad and uncleIMG_1485

They had these booths set up along the concourse areaIMG_1486IMG_1488

I decided it was time to head back down to the lower concourseIMG_1492

Here it is!IMG_1493

Their team store is called the “Fan Attic”

I kept going along the concourseIMG_1496IMG_1499

To find this guyIMG_1497

From here, I headed back to my seat, where I found the Bulls and Thunder were warming upIMG_1521IMG_1529IMG_1546

Soon enough, the players cleared the ice, with no pucks tossed into the crowd

In the first period, the Thunder scored two goals within the span of a minute, just 6 minutes into the game, ending the first period with the Thunder ahead 2-0! IMG_1628IMG_1648

Other than that, the first period was quiet.



The first intermission started off with a 10-minute tribute to the fallen soldiers from the Stockton area. Great video.

In the second period, just a minute in, the Thunder scored their 3rd goal of the night, followed by a fourth goal less than two minutes later! IMG_1620

In the second intermission, they held the Chuck a Puck, where you can buy foam pucks and throw them onto the ice. If you land it in a certain spot, you have the chance to win a prize! I bought two and both of them were really close to landing on the mat!


After that, I went up and met a reader, named Austin! I didn’t get the chance to get a picture with him (Stupid Me, Right?), but I did talk to him for a solid 10-15 minutes! He is a Giants fan that is slightly younger than me and ballhawks mostly in Stockton at Banner Island Ballpark, but he often goes to MLB stadiums as well!

The third period was VERY exciting!


This is why…




Yep. Halfway through the period, after a hard hit, both teams broke out into a huge fight, which sent 8 guys to the locker room.

As for the rest of the game…


Neither team scored, giving Thunder goalie Oliver Roy his 5th ECHL shutout, with the final score being 4-0.

After the game, due to numerous requests on Twitter, I decided to go behind the penalty box to try and score a puck!20130309-105518.jpg

I was unsuccessful, but came close several times!


From there, the three of us headed home.

I had an absolute blast!

Again, I apologize for taking so long to get this entry out but TONIGHT (3/9/13) I will be going back to the Stockton Arena for yet ANOTHER game! I seriously CANNOT wait for the baseball season to start!

300x50_mlblogs_top100 Nick Badders is a unofficial reporter for He writes the blog, 7000 Coliseum Way, and you can follow him on Twitter @nickbatters or his blog @7000ColiseumWay. You can also LIKE his blog on Facebook or follow him @nickbatters or his blog @7000ColiseumWay on Instagram. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Mail Time! #23

Sorry for not having posted in a while! I’ve been so busy, plus I haven’t gotten too many packages these past few weeks

Today, I have 3 Fan Packs to show you.

The first of these is from the Miami Marlins20130304-235858.jpg

I first pulled out a 2013 pocket schedule20130304-235904.jpg

Followed by a letter20130304-235910.jpg

And a paper printout roster20130304-235916.jpg

I next found this logo sticker20130304-235922.jpg

And brochures as to how to get a Marlins license plate20130304-235928.jpg

And join the Marlins Fan Club (Which is actually a pretty cool deal if you ask me! I *might* get it)20130304-235937.jpg

After that, I pulled out these three player photo cards20130304-235943.jpg

Lastly, I pulled out this magnetic schedule. I love the Marlins new logo (AND HR Thingy), and I love bright colors- So I loved this magnetic schedule.20130304-235949.jpg

The next Fan Pack is from the Nebraska Corn Huskers20130304-235957.jpg

Inside, I found 2 football stickers20130305-000018.jpg

A baseball pocket schedule20130305-000023.jpg

And two LARGE posters20130305-000029.jpg20130305-000534.jpg

The final fan pack I have will BLOW YOU AWAY

I now know why the Houston Astros can’t afford any good players. They put all of their money into fan packs for their Minor-A Team. Here is the BOX that the Tri-City Valley Cats sent me20130305-000542

On the top, I found this team photo20130305-000549.jpg

A 2013 wall calendar20130305-000555.jpg

I then pulled out this card20130305-000601.jpg

And this sticker20130305-000607.jpg

The next item I pulled out was this small box (2 inches wide for reference)20130305-000612.jpg

I opened it up and BAM! I found this miniature replica NYPL Championship trophy!20130305-000618.jpg

This was the final item I pulled out of the box. A bobblehead box????20130305-000624.jpg

I opened it up to find this!20130305-000630.jpg

A Derek Jeter bobblehead?? How cool is that!?!?!

Wow… This was one of my best ever Mail Time entries, would you agree?

Thanks for reading!

300x50_mlblogs_top100 Nick Badders is a unofficial reporter for He writes the blog, 7000 Coliseum Way, and you can follow him on Twitter @nickbatters or his blog @7000ColiseumWay. You can also LIKE his blog on Facebook or follow him @nickbatters or his blog @7000ColiseumWay on Instagram. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Mail Time! #21

Last weekend, I got two envelope, each on Friday and Saturday!

On Friday, I came home from school to find an envelope from the PawSox. You might remember they sent me this envelope a few weeks ago20130209-144954.jpg

I found a paper schedule20130209-145001.jpg

And 2 really awesome looking pocket schedules!20130209-145007.jpg

The 2nd envelope on Friday was from the San Diego Chargers20130209-145021.jpg

I frist pulled out these two pieces of paper20130209-145028.jpg20130209-145033.jpg

Followed by this team photo20130209-145042.jpg

And this small sticker sheet20130209-145048.jpg

On Saturday, I got envelopes from the Vancouver Canucks and Boston Bruins

Here is the envelope from the Canucks20130209-145115.jpg

I got a letter from them20130209-145121.jpg

Along with a sticker20130209-145127.jpg

And these 5 player cards!20130209-145135.jpg

This is what they all looked like on the back20130209-145143.jpg

Here is the envelope that I got from the Boston Bruins20130209-145149.jpg

I pulled out this funny bumper sticker20130209-145155.jpg

And this bottle opener20130209-145201.jpg20130209-145215.jpg

Along with these two wristbands20130209-145221.jpg

And this large magnetic schedule for the shortened season!20130209-145226.jpg

Finally, I pulled out a paper schedule as well20130209-145233.jpg

How cool is that!?

Well I know I have appreciated the amount of mail picking up, which allows for more entries for you guys!

Thanks for reading!

Nick Badders is a unofficial reporter for He writes the blog, 7000 Coliseum Way, and you can follow him on Twitter @nickbatters or his blog @7000ColiseumWay. You can also LIKE his blog on Facebook or follow him @nickbatters or his blog @7000ColiseumWay on Instagram. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.300x50_mlblogs_top100

Mail Time! #20

Wow. The mail just keeps coming in!

Last Thursday, I got 2 more Fan Packs in the mail.

The first envelope I got was from the Buffalo Sabres20130209-145827.jpg

I found a letter20130209-145835.jpg

A pocket schedule20130209-145842.jpg

A player card20130209-145857.jpg

A bookmark20130209-145904.jpg

And lastly this window decal!20130209-145911.jpg

The second Fan Pack I got on Thursday was from the Los Angeles Dodgers20130209-145918.jpg

I found this sticker decal20130209-145925.jpg

A key chain and temporary tattoo20130209-145931.jpg

Two 2013 pocket schedules20130209-145938.jpg

And this cool Clayton Kershaw oversized card20130209-145945.jpg20130209-145951.jpg

I then pulled out this Dodgers Stadium tour pamphlet20130209-145959.jpg

Lastly, I pulled out this issue of the Dodgers magazine20130209-150005.jpg

That’s all I have for now! Check back in 2 days for another Fan Pack post!

Thanks for reading!

Nick Badders is a unofficial reporter for He writes the blog, 7000 Coliseum Way, and you can follow him on Twitter @nickbatters or his blog @7000ColiseumWay. You can also LIKE his blog on Facebook or follow him @nickbatters or his blog @7000ColiseumWay on Instagram. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.300x50_mlblogs_top100

Mail Time! #19

Last Wednesday, I got 3 Fan Packs in the mail!

The first one was from the Indianapolis Indians20130206-195022.jpg

Inside, I found one pocket schedule20130206-195029.jpg

The second envelope was from the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes20130206-195037.jpg

I pulled out a pocket schedule20130206-195050.jpg

And baseball cards of their two mascots20130206-195109.jpg20130206-195116.jpg20130206-195857.jpg20130206-195103.jpg

My final envelope was from the Oklahoma City Thunder20130206-195152.jpg

The first item I pulled out was this card20130206-195201.jpg

I opened it up to find there was a handwritten note inside. How cool is that?20130206-195206.jpg

I then pulled out these two patches20130206-195212.jpg

And this temporary tattoo20130206-195217.jpg

Followed by this pocket schedule20130206-195223.jpg

Then this wristband20130206-195228.jpg

Lastly, I pulled out this game program20130206-195237.jpg

Cool stuff!

Thanks for reading!

Check back in 2 days for another Fan Pack entry!

Nick Badders is a unofficial reporter for He writes the blog, 7000 Coliseum Way, and you can follow him on Twitter @nickbatters or his blog @7000ColiseumWay. You can also LIKE his blog on Facebook or follow him @nickbatters or his blog @7000ColiseumWay on Instagram. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.300x50_mlblogs_top100

1/27/13 at A’s FanFest

Wow. This was a truly incredible day!

Last year, A’s FanFest was the same weekend, on Sunday, January 29th. It was a lot fo fun and you can read about it here!

It started off at 6am, when I woke up and slowly got ready, with the rest of my family out of bed by 6:45. We were out of the house and on our way to Oakland at 7:20, getting there around 7:50, where I found about 6 lines, each with 20-50 people. I got in the shortest line, which was to the far right. My dad and sister shortly arrived from the parking lot, with folding camping chairs and blankets, as we had a 1.5 hour wait in front of us.

Like I mentioned in this entry, the event was taking place mainly at the Oracle Arena.

My sister and I decided to wander around a little, so we headed towards the Coliseum, where people were waiting anxiously in line for single-game tickets, like I did last year.

We then headed past Gate A and up the ramp towards the BART Plaza.

Along our way, I got a couple of photos of signs like these.

When we got to the BART Plaza, I saw an electronic sign that was flashing “FAN FEST SOLD OUT. SINGLE GAME TICKETS ON SALE AT 9AM.”

When we got over by B and C gate, I took note of the parking lot.

The day before, there had been a supercross event at the Coliseum, so they have been unable to hold FanFest there. All of the semi-trucks were still parked in the lot.

We eventually made our way back, at which point I decided to sit in one of the chairs and relax.

My dad got a couple more good photos of me.

The lines behind us grew much longer.

And this guy’s hat attracted more and more attention!

Around 8:45, this was the scene.

At this point, my dad and I left the line, bringing the chairs and stuff back to the car, as we headed to go pick up our media credentials for BlogFest!

On our way pack to the car, the line had gotten pretty long!

At 9am, we picked up our passes. This is what my press pass looked like. How cool is that?

We made our way back towards the Arena, where we still had 25 minutes to wait in line.

At 9:30am, the lines started to move, and people were brought in. I would say there were 20 or so people in front of me in line.

It felt like a mad dash to get to the bleachers! I ran inside the barricaded area between the Coliseum and Arena, and ran inside, up an escalator, and got in a very short line for the Authenticated Memorabilia stand, which quickly grew VERY long. I’m sure you are wondering what the big deal was.

This was the scene before I was let in.

As soon as you walked in, to the right, there was a table, with game-worn batting helmets and hats, each was $40.

In the center, there was another table with the $40 helmets.

In the right of this picture, you see people crowding around the coveted jerseys table. BP/Spring Training jerseys were $30 each, Bob Melvin/Josh Reddick/Brandon McCarthy jerseys were $200 each, and all other jerseys were $100 each. In the center, you should see a table with plastic bags, that inside contained dugout jackets that were each $100!

There was also this table, with game-used bats for $100.

And to it’s left, there were champagne bottle from the Playoff clinching and AL West clinching clubhouse celebrations for $30 each.

Along with these items, there were signed aprons from MUG Root Beer float day for $20, DVDs commemorating the 2002 20-game win streak for $20, and bases for $100.

Game-used pants were $10 each, and I would say they had about 7 different styles, mostly from throwback games.

There were also 2 tubs of game-used baseballs, which I thought nothing of. I later saw people with lots of different commemorative balls, which I think would have been cool to have!

I grabbed this program that was sitting by the bin of balls

In the end, I purchased a #31 nameless batting practice jersey ($30), which I knew must have been worn my Kirk Sarloos, because he was #31 when the A’s wore this style of jersey.20130127-201208.jpg20130127-201213.jpg

I also got a game-used batting helmet ($40)20130127-201202.jpg

Pair of game-used throwback pants ($10)20130127-201222.jpg20130127-201227.jpg

This Root Beer float day apron, signed by David Justice ($20)20130127-201235.jpg

And these COOL knee savers, with the #8 on them, so I will assume that they were Kurt Suzuki’s ($10)20130127-201242.jpg

I got those 5 items, spending $110. How cool is that??

From there, my family and I walked around the upper concourse area, where my dad peeked in on the court area and snapped a few really cool pictures!

We quickly stopped at the Kids Club table, where my sister purchased a kids club kit and got an autograph voucher.

From there, we headed down to the lower concourse, where I was looking for anything free.

I grabbed these 5 soft balls at a Sport Clips table

Along with a few other freebies

At the Sport Clips table, they were giving free hair cuts, which I thought was kind of cool! IMG_1070

We stopped at the Stockton Ports table, where I got a bunch of free stuff!

4 of these Baseball cards

And 4 of these bookmarks:

4 of these team photos

And these two items as well!

After that, we stopped at the Athletics Magazine table, where I signed up for a 2013 subscription, and was given this free magazine from 2012!

From here, we headed outside.IMG_1072

We decided to get in line for the clubhouse tours! We entered at the Employee Entrance

And were ready to head down this long ramp
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The only reason they couldn’t hold it in the Coliseum was because of the Motercross event the day before. There were a bunch of dirt mounds on the field.

We walked through the concourse a little, then down a few more ramos, before we got to this signIMG_1111

We then walked down this tunnel

We eventually got to what seemed like the area near the clubhouse.

We walked past the Umpire’s room

And saw this sign

There were a few more signs like that along the hallway like these

We then walked past the weight room

And took a look inside

We kept going, walking past theses signs

Finally, we were right accross the way from the clubhouse, in the hallway with lots of cool memorabilia

We walked past Steve Vucinich’s office. “Vuch” is the A’s equipment manager

We finally got inside, and I took another pictures of this sign

This is how the clubhouse was laid out

Ariel Prieto, Yoenis Cespedes’ interpretor, as a locker right next to Cespedes

Jim Miller, Travis Blackley, and Dallas Braden all have lockers next to each other

Last year, Mike Gallego, Eric Sogard, and Tommy Milone greeted people in the clubhouse. This year, it was new bullpen coach Darren Bush. Here is the thing… NOBODY recognized him! Except for me, that is!

I immediately approached him, and he was very excited to see that someone had recognized him. I felt bad for him! Darren is a great guy, and I have a feeling I will be getting a few balls from him in 2013! IMG_1164

We left the clubhouse at headed out get autographs, since the autograph coupons we had received upon entry were for session #1, which was supposed to end soon. There were 3 autograph stations outside, in the area between the Coliseum and Arena. There were signs above each station with the people signing at each table.

The line for Cespedes and Taylor was way too long, so we got in line for Josh Donaldson and Ray Fosse. We got in line and stood there for about 5 minutes, before we were next in line.

I got both Josh Donaldson and Ray Fosse to sign both sides of the bill of a souvineer french fry helmet that I got at a game in 2012

This was the scene behind the autograph lines

Cespedes and Taylor were both busy signing

My dad was accidentally given 2 autograph coupons for session 1, so he gave his second one to me, so that I could get two more autographs!

I got in line to get Tommy Milone and Pat Neshek to sign the souvenir helmet as well

After we got autographs, we headed to the under level of the Arena. I saw a line where you could take a picture with Sal Bando and Billy North, along with the *4* A’s World Series trophies.IMG_1214

I was just standing next to the line watching the “action” when it got to a point that nobody was moving forward. Apparently Ray Fosse was scheduled next for the photos and *Everyone* in line was waiting for him. The volunteer that was controlling the line yelled out that anyone that wanted a photo with Billy North and Sal Bando, along with the trophies, could go to the front of the line.

I put everything with my parents, since they didn’t want a picture, and I jumped right to the front of the line. Oh Yeah!EPSON MFP image

We then headed to the main level, where we got some food and checked out the Sacramento River Cats table.

I picked up this wristband at the stand

After we got our food and sat down, I realized that it was time for my dad and I to head off to BlogFest.

We left my mom and sister at the Q&A session and headed off to drop off some stuff at our car before heading to meet up.

If you don’t remember what BlogFest is, just click here to read what I wrote a few weeks ago about it!

I got to the meeting spot at about 12:40.

There were lots of other bloggers there as well, including people from A’s Farm, BeanBall, Athletics Nation,, A’s Fan Radio, and many more!

We walked into the Oracle Arena, down some stairs, through a few tunnels, into the underbellies of the Oracle Arena, and we arrived here!

When we got into the room, I set up in the back corner of the room with my phone and laptop IMG_1246

This was the setup in the room20130206-213717.jpg

This was the sight from the side of the room

The back

We had about 15 minutes to prep before Adam, who coordinated this event, brought in 2012 AL Manager of the year Bob Melvin!IMG_1255IMG_1264

After Melvin, PR Director Bob Rose came in and talked to us for a little bit, while Adam went to get Assistant GM David Forst.

Adam soon showed up with David Forst!

Once we finished up with David Forst, Adam went to get Mike Gallego, the A’s 3rd base coach, who had some great stories to tell!

I’m sure you are wondering what those 3 guys said…

Here is the deal. I have an audio recording of all 3 interviews. Right now, I am working to transcribe all 45 minutes of interviews, and publish IT ALL in a separate blog entry, with analysis of what they said.

It is taking a long time to get everything together, so hopefully, I will get everything up within the next week!

We left the press conference room with everyone else and headed back up to meet up with my mom and sister.

My dad had to leave to go pick up my grandmother and uncle, as we would be driving them out of town after FanFest, so I was alone with my mom and sister.

If you remember from this entry, then you know that in the mail, my family was invited to a special season ticket holder photo meet-and-greet session. The line was getting long, so my mom got in line, while my sister and I decided to wander around.

We headed upstairs to the Memorabilia sale that I had visited earlier, and prices had drastically decreased!

Jackets, baseballs, bats, helmets, and Spring Training jerseys had sold out, however game-worn jerseys were $40, Game-worn hats and pants were $5 each, champagne bottles from the 2012 clubhouse celebrations were $15 each, DVDs from the 2002 season were $5 each and aprons from MUG Root Beer float day were $5 each.

I first grabbed a 2002 DVD for $520130206-213818.jpg

Then this pair of pants for $5, so that I would have matching home and road pairs.20130206-213828.jpg20130206-213837.jpg

I then went over to take a look at the hats. $5 for a hat is a great price alone, but these are 59fifty hats that are usually $40 with tax. Then consider the fact that they are game-worn!

They only had road and 2012 BP hats left, and since I already have a 2012 BP hat, I searched through all the road hats, and found 2 in my size (7 3/8).

I got this one20130206-213731.jpg

That had Tye Waller’s #46 written on the inside20130206-213740.jpg

This hat is special for me because Tye Waller tossed me my first ever baseball.

The second hat I picked up was this one20130206-213749.jpg

It had a #37 written on the inside, with a MLB Authentication sticker20130206-213758.jpg

I looked it up through MLB’s authentication program, and check it out!

Ron Romanick, the A’s pitching coach in 2011!

Can you guess what I did?20130206-220228.jpg

Yay!! “Official” Certificate printed out from the website!

After making this $20 purchase (No, my sister did not ask for anything), we headed back down to wait in line with my mom. The line was moving VERY quickly!IMG_1372

We got to the front of the line, to find YOENIS CESPEDES was taking pictures with group #4 of season ticket holders!IMG_1373

I really wish my dad could have been there with us. It was very, very awesome!

After this, we headed back upstairs, since my sister and I both had received special autograph coupons that allowed us each to get another autograph.

I handed mine and the souvenir helmet that I had previously gotten signed to my mom and she and my sister got in line for Eric Sogard’s autograph.

I headed back to the memorabilia sale to look around. All they had left were jerseys, DVDs, pants, and a few hats. They were desperate to get rid of everything! Hats were still $5, and those were swooped up quickly. DVDs were still $5, and there were A LOT of those left over.

However, they had A LOT of pants left, and there was a lady walking around yelling “PANTS ARE $1 EACH!”

WHAAAAA? I immediately ran over and picked up 3 more pairs of throwback pants- the 3 pairs that they had laying out that I hadn’t already picked up.20130206-213903.jpg20130206-213913.jpg20130206-213920.jpg20130206-213928.jpg20130206-213937.jpg20130206-213945.jpg

Then, I took a look at the game-used jerseys that they had lying out. They were…. *$20* each!

I looked at each jersey, and since there was only one in my size, I immediately grabbed it!20130206-220212.jpg20130206-220221.jpg

A #63 Danny Farquhar green jersey! How cool is that?

Who is Danny Farquhar you might ask?

“He was traded to the Oakland Athletics from the Toronto Blue Jays along with Trystan Magnuson for outfielder Rajai Davis after the 2010 season.
On April 18, 2011, Farquhar was traded to the Blue Jays in exchange for reliever David Purcey.
Farquhar made his major league debut on September 13, 2011, against the Boston Red Sox. He pitched 0.2 innings and allowed three earned runs on three hits, while walking two with no strikeouts. Farquhar was later optioned back to New Hampshire. On June 2, 2012, the Blue Jays designated Farquhar for assignment after claiming Chris Schwinden off waivers from the New York Mets.
On June 9, 2012 the Oakland Athletics claimed Faquhar off waivers from the Toronto Blue Jays. After making five appearances in the minor leagues for the Sacramento River Cats, the Athletics waived him to select the contract of A. J. Griffin.”

*He never played a game for Oakland, just the AAA River Cats
*He was in the A’s organization twice
*He was waived for a guy that I saw make his MLB debut.


Here was my final haul of stuff that I picked up at the memorabilia sale. Great deals, neat stuff, AWESOME!20130206-213955.jpg

I talked with a few people, and before I knew it, my mom and sister came back.

Here is the helmet that I got signed

At this point, we headed out and met up with my dad, grandma, and uncle and headed out of Oakland.

This was an amazing day, and I had some once-in-a-lifetime opportunities! I met great people, got great deals, and had a great time!

This event put me just one step closer to Opening Day!

For me, I am looking forward to an exciting season as an A’s fan and season ticket holder!

Later that night, I went on BlogTalkRadio with RF Bleacher regular Will MacNeil to talk about the RF Bleachers and our experiences at FanFest. You can listen to that broadcast here.

Nick Badders is a unofficial reporter for He writes the blog, 7000 Coliseum Way, and you can follow him on Twitter @nickbatters or his blog @7000ColiseumWay. You can also LIKE his blog on Facebook or follow him @nickbatters or his blog @7000ColiseumWay on Instagram. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.300x50_mlblogs_top100

Mail Time! #18

I apologize for not having many entries up lately!

I have gotten a lot of mail this past week and decided to share it all with you!

On Saturday, I got a second Fan Pack from the Reds. I didn’t even email them or amnything. I just got a second one!20130206-191837.jpg

I pulled out this letter20130206-191847.jpg

Followed by a 2013 pocket schedule20130206-191856.jpg

These Stickers20130206-191956.jpg

And these three mascot baseball cards20130206-191911.jpg20130206-191920.jpg



I then pulled out a Reds rally towel20130206-192003.jpg

And a Barry Larkin commemorative print20130206-192010.jpg20130206-192017.jpg

Finally, I pulled out this20130206-192025.jpg

I took it out, and opened it up to find this!20130206-192031.jpg20130206-192039.jpg

How cool is that?

So far, I would say my favorite stuff has to be from the Reds!

This past monday, I got two small envelopes. One was from the Houston Astros. I specifically emailed them again, as I had heard that they updated the fan packs.20130206-192047.jpg

There were 2 pocket schedules20130206-192055.jpg

This logo card20130206-192105.jpg20130206-192113.jpg

And a sticker!20130206-192133.jpg

The 2nd envelope that I got on Monday was from the Carolina Hurricanes20130206-192142.jpg

I got this letter20130206-192155.jpg

And these two cards20130206-192200.jpg20130206-192207.jpg

Followed up by these stickers and tatoos.20130206-192214.jpg

That’s all for this entry! I’ll try and have another Mail Time entry up this weekend, followed up by FanFest and BlogFest entries within the next week!

Thanks for reading!

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