Category: school

4/22/12 at the Oakland Coliseum

Ok… I have no clue what its name is. MLB.com says The Coliseum, the A’s are contractly obligated to call it the O.co Coliseum on broadcasts and real A’s fans call it the Oakland Coliseum. Unless it officially changes, I will be calling it the Oakland Coliseum.

So today was a special day. Not only was today Earth Day, but it was also Little League Day. My school district was also doing a fundraiser where you would buy tickets through the schools and money goes back to support the athletic programs in the district. Its a great cause.

So everyone in the district sits together and my seat was section 126, row 35, seat 2. I was planning  on getting tickets for other games. I will get to that later.

We left Livermore at about 9:45 and arrived at the Coliseum around 10:15. We got out and went to the Box Office to buy tickets for May 11th against the Tigers, June 20th against the Dodgers, August 5th against the Blue Jays, and September 2nd against the Red Sox. After that, we went to the Livermore tailgate and I got a little food and played catch with my sister then headed into the Coliseum around 11:10.

I headed over to the Indians bullpen because Ubaldo Jimenez and soe other pitchers were playing catch. I asked Ubaldo for a ball and he said when he as done, he would. Then, the Little League parade started and the players were told not to throw balls into the crowd. So much for that ball.

After that, I walked around the stadium for a half hour or so looking for loose balls. I then headed over to the seat, which I purchased a ticket for right before the game. It was in section 127 (between the bullpen and tarp), first row aisle seat.

After this, my dad and I walked up to the bleachers to get a picture. We got a picture of me from the seat that wer calculated to be the farthest from home plate. The Plaza Reserved seats are actually farther, but you can’t access them from the other seats at the Coliseum.

The parade ended around 12:30 and Tyson Ross started to warm up, when he finished, he tossed me the ball!

Shorty after this, the A’s took the field and Braden Sweeney, who I have known for a long time, and is a Junior at Granada High School in Livermore sung the national anthem. He did a FANTASTIC JOB!

Tyson Ross pitched a great game for the A’s, as he got the win

On his birthday!

And for the record, it was INCREDIBLE to see Yoenis Cespedes play in person.

The game was pretty calm for the most part. In the bottom of the 2nd, a foul ball was hit toward the bullpen and the ball boy scooped it up and gave it to the lady behind me. Then, in the bottom of the 4th, Kurt Suzuki came up and hit a the ball off the tarp and it rolled right to me.

I leaned over the railing and grabbed it! My first ever game ball and foul ball, as well as #2 on the day! Here I am right after I caught the ball

After that, the game was very calm. No more foul balls came very near me, but somebody a few rows in front of my parents caught a ball. My parents and sister were sitting with other people from Livermore a section behind me and to my right.

Throughout the game, Jordan Norberto was throwing Starbursts and bubble gum into the crowd. He also gave the lady who got the foul ball a pack of sunflower seeds. He is a great guy.

As for the rest off the game, I didn’t focus on balls, so that some little kids could get them.

After the game, I asked Rick Rodríguez, who signed my ticket before the game for a ball. He obliged and gave me ball #3 on the day.

I headed outside and got a picture with my snags outside the Coliseum. It was a very good day!

BALLHAWKING STATS:
• 3 balls in 2 Major League games this season = 1.5 ball per game.
• 4 ball in 3 baseball games this season = 1.33 balls per game.
• 1 Lifetime Game Ball
• 1 Lifetime Foul Ball
• 3 balls at this game
• 8 Lifetime Major League baseballs
• 9 Lifetime baseballs

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.

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Los Angeles Days 1-3: CASL

Ok, so as many of you know, I was in LA for a week on spring break and with my leadership class for a conference.  On Thursday, I got up at 4:30 am and no, I didn’t watch the A’s game. I headed to school, where we got in cars and drove down to Costa Mesa, which is right next to Anaheim. The 6.5 hour car drive was not fun, trust me.
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We made one stop on our way down and arrived around noon. After we checked in, we went to a meeting , then we listened to key note speaker Brodie Kaster. He was a great dancer and a funny guy. After some workshops, we checked into our rooms, which were pretty awesome.
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One cool thing about our rooms was that If we walked outside onto the balcony, we could see and hear Occupy LA protests.
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After dinner, we had more workshops and a dance. There were arcade games outside the room and it was all pretty cool.
The next day after breakfast, we had presentations from other students at the conference, then listened to some speakers about leadership. After we had lunch, we went to a place called Speed Zone, which had mini golf, go karts, and an arcade, where we got unlimited games.
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On the drive there, we drove past Angel Stadium
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And the Honda Center
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When we got back from Speed Zone, we listened to another Key Note Speaker, this one Justin Boudreau. He was a really cool and funny guy. After that, we had elections for freshman director, and unfortunately, the candidate from our school was not elected.
On the last morning, after breakfast, we went to another workshop and then we learned about TOMS shoes and had another school meeting, then we went to listen to a final Key Note Speaker. Albert Mensah grew up in Ghana and it was great to hear his story. We also accepted an Outstanding Activities Program Award, which basically means I have an awesome leadership class. After that, my parents picked me up and we drove to our hotel from there.

We got settled into our room and went to dinner, swam in the pool, very relaxing. The next day, we headed off to Disneyland, which I will talk about in my next blog entry.

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.

Pictures of the Day

Ok so I want to try something new… uploading a few pictures to this blog that are completely random, weird, different, ect… but here is the first batch of pictures of the day…
So all of the pictures for today’s installment all came from the blog/website Getting Blanked. Really great website. I love it. Go check it out.

Heading "north" with the team? More like heading West Northwest, am I right?

Things like this will get old when the Orioles stop providing two per week.

CC Sabathia had a busy off-season of making money and getting tattooed.

Skinny guys in a fat man's pants. Royals performance art.


Ok. I guess that’s all for now. I will try to find 4 more pictures for tommorrow…
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.