For this game, my friend Ryan would be joining my dad and I. You might remember Ryan from this game. Or this game. I picked Ryan up from his house around 9:20 and from there, we headed to the Coliseum.
Today was a throwback Thursday, so every fan got a fee bag of peanuts and a scorecard. The A’s are amazing! (Sarcasm maybe?) We got to the Coliseum at got in line at gate C. My dad stayed in line while Ryan and I walked over to gate D to see how long the line was there. There was nobody there! We got in line and waited for my dad.
The gates opened at 11:05 and Ryan and I ran for the Dodgers bullpen, where the some players were warming up. I changed into my Dodgers gear and headed down. I had many interesting experiences there. I was told by 4 Dodgers pitchers that they are not allowed to give out balls from the bullpen, and all 4 of them tossed someone else a ball within 5 minutes of me asking.
It started with Aaron Harang, who was signing autographs. I got him to sign my ticket and after, I asked him if he would be able to toss me one of the cool commemorative balls. He said he would love to, but the bullpen balls have to stay in the bullpen. I got to talking to him about commemorative balls while everyone was screaming for his autograph.
Then he eventually walked away and said he would try to get one from the dugout from me. Then Tony Gwynn Jr. came over and I asked him for a Dodgers 50th anniversary ball, which I saw under the bullpen roof. I figured that since he was a position player, he wouldn’t know. But he said he wasn’t allowed to “hand them out.” I didn’t even get his autograph.
Then Chris Capuano came along and I asked him for a ball and with a laugh said “What is thrown in the bullpen stays in the bullpen.” So I asked him for the softball in his hand. I guess not.
My last hope was their catching coach Steve Yeager. He had the same answer as everyone else. Great.
And when we got back, some more great pictures
I was unable to get a ball from any player warming up, so I settled in my seat to see Derek Norris making his MLB debut. He joins Andrew Carigan, Bret Anderson, and Aaron Cunningham as the only players I have seen make their MLB debut in person.
The A’s scored their first run when Jonny Gomes scored on a sac fly from Brandon Inge in the 2nd inning. The Dodgers scored their lone run in the 5th on a single from Juan Rivera. In the 6th inning, I went and got an ice cream helmet, which I finished in ten minutes.
In the bottom of the ninth inning, Coco Crisp walked and advanced to second on a passed ball. Jemile Weeks went to bunt Coco to third, but got to first on a miscommunication by Juan Uribe and Josh Lindblom.
As I walked up the steps, I turned around to see the security guard on the field pick up the ball and toss it into the seats. I raced down to grab the ball, but someone grabbed it before me. Dangit! The A’s still won!
Keep scrolling for pictures of Cespedes’ Walk-off celebration
• 0 balls at this game
• 4 balls in 5 Major League games this season = 0.8 ball per game.
• 7 balls in 8 baseball games this season = 0.875 ball per game.
• 9 Lifetime Major League baseballs
• 12 total balls
My next game is tomorrow (Sunday) at the Coliseum against the Giants… wish me luck!
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Here are the reults from my last 3 polls:
What was my first mile time in PE?
7:27 75% (3 votes) Correct!!!
9:00 0% (0 votes)
6:06 0% (0 votes)
12:35 25% (1 votes)
Total Votes: 4
Who should I get an A’s jersey for?
Brandon Allen 40% (2 votes)
Josh Willingham 20% (1 votes)
Jemile Weeks 20% (1 votes)
Gio Gonzalez 20% (1 votes)
Anthony Recker 0% (0 votes)
Total Votes: 5
… and what color should the jersey be?
Gold 60% (3 votes)
White 40% (2 votes)
Total Votes: 5
Well, yeah, I am predicting. This is what I think the standing will look like com October:
3. White Sox
1. Red Sox
3. Blue Jays
* Wild Card
AL MVP: Adrian Gonzalez (BOS)
AL Cy Young: Justin Verlander (DET)
AL ROY: Jemile Weeks (OAK)
AL Manager of the Year: Manny Acta (CLE)
NL MVP: Matt Kemp (LAD)
NL Cy Young: Clayton Kershaw (LAD)
NL ROY: Craig Kimbrel (ATL)
NL Manager of the Year: Kirk Gibson (AZ)
In an ALCS rematch, the Rangers will take the series in 5 but the Rangers win due to the lack of a number 2 starter for the Yankees.
And in a 2007 ALCS rematch, the Red Sox will take the series in 4 games due to the stellar offense from the Red Sox.
In an NLCS rematch, the Phillies prove to be too strong for the Giants and take the series in 3 – sweeping the Giants.
And the Brewers continue their hot streak and amazing pitching to overtake the Brewers in 5 games.
The Rangers and Red Sox battle it out in a battle of power, the Red Sox take the series in 7, advancing to the fall classic.
The Pitching-strong Brewers will battle head-to-head with the Phillies, and in a surprise upset, Fielder, Braun, Weeks, and Grienke beat the Phillies in 7 games to advance to the fall classic.
The Red Sox and Brewers will battle hard, both teams with lots of power, but the Brewers pitching will beat Josh Beckett and the Red Sox in 6 games.
And there you have it, folks. Those are my predictions. Yeah, so, um. At the end of the playoffs, you people can comment on any of my posts and let me know how wrong I got everything.