5/30/14 at the Oakland Coliseum

The night before, I expressed interest in attending this game with one of my parents. Neither of them were up for it, however my mom told me that I could go on my own if I wanted to. AWESOME!

This was the first time that I had ever gone to a game by myself and I was excited!

My dad picked me up from school at 3:05 and after grabbing some food and changing clothes at home, he dropped me off at BART, which got me to the Coliseum just after 4:10, 20 minutes before the scheduled gate opening time.

Eventually, they did open the gates, and they opened them 5 MINUTES EARLY, at 4:25. Shortly after getting into the right field bleachers, I called out to newly acquired first baseman Kyle Blanks for a ball, however he tossed it to Adam.

After the first group finished, I had no balls, however lefties Josh Reddick and power hitting Brandon Moss were in the next group. On one of Moss’ first pitches, he drove a ball deep into the right field seats. I didn’t think it would land in the seats at first, so I got there a bit late, but when I did, I grabbed the ball perfectly off the carom for ball #1 on the day. It did come at an expense, though, as I slipped a little bit when I caught the ball, scraping up both knees.

When Brandon stepped into the cage the next time around, he drilled a ball right at me that rather than catching on the fly, I let drop in the seat right in front of me, where I picked it up for ball #2. Not sure what I was thinking there.
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Moments later, Josh Reddick drilled a ball right at me, but I misjudged it and it flew 2 feet over my outstretched glove and bounced back onto the field, which was a bit frustrating. Now here comes the story as to how I got ball #3…

I was wearing my Casey Chavez jersey at this game. For those that don’t know, Casey is the brother of former Athletic Eric Chavez and the A’s bullpen catcher. I purchased the jersey at FanFest this past year and wore it on Opening Day. He jogged out to right field at around 5:00, so BP was just over halfway done. I turned around my jersey and called out to him, and he pointed up to me and nodded.

About 10 minutes later, I called out to Dan Ortero for a ball. He saw my jersey and called Casey over. Dan then proceeded to toss me the ball. I don’t quite know what happened next. The ball was falling a bit short, so I had to lean over a bit more than normal to try and make the catch. I am not sure if the ball hit off the palm, heel, or tip of my glove, but to put it simply, I dropped the ball. It was in an awkward position to catch from the beginning, but it was a ball that I should have caught, and I will make no excuses about it.

The look Dan Ortero had on his face was that of sheer disappointment. He and Casey both started yelling at me, then Casey told me to give him 10 good pushups. I was confused at this point and I thought he was joking, but it turned out he was dead serious. His reasoning? When he drops or misses a ball, he has to do 10 pushups, and I was wearing his jersey, so why shouldn’t I have to, since I was technically him.

I caved in and did 10 quick pushups and he tossed me the ball, but first, he made me promise to never drop a ball again. Well it certainly made a good story for this blog, right?

Here are the three balls I got during A’s BP…

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The A’s took a bit of extended batting practice this time, finishing up around 5:30. I spent about 15 minutes in right field before moving to left field. Nothing was being into into the right field seats and all of the Angels players and coaches that were in the outfield did not toss anything up.

I went to left field because Albert Pujols had hit a couple of balls out there, but as soon as I got to left field, things went dead. Nobody considered tossing anything up and nobody hit anything out. Angels BP ended around 6:20 and I headed back to right field with the three balls pictured above.

I really enjoyed being by myself for a change. It felt nice to not have to worry about anyone except for yourself at a game and to be able to focus on doing my own thing.

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There was a giveaway for this game! A Josh Donaldson head-on-a-stick… I had to take a selfie with it.

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Since I don’t have any photos of the game, I’ll spare you the details of the game, however I’ll show you this picture I took at the start of the game.

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When Sean Doolittle came into the game in the 9th inning, it was time to do the Doo! Metalica’s “For Whom the Bell Tolls” came on and everyone started headbanging! Satoshi brought this mask with him and wore it while he was headbanging. He was kind enough to let me take a photo with it on!

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For the ninth inning, I stuck my hat on the mask and propped it up with three flags, in a tripod sort of method. I had to take anther selfie… I know, I know!20140601-002846-1726873.jpg

The A’s won 9-5… It was a good game and I had a good time. Thanks for reading!

Remember, I’m publishing a new blog entry every day!  If you click on the game title, it will take you to a link that WILL NOT GO LIVE UNTIL THE ENTRY IS PUBLISHED. If you click on the game title before it is published, you will be given a page that says “The page you were looking for was not found.” You’ll be able to check out the game entry once it is published. Check out the list to find out when my next game entry will be!

  • Sunday, June 22nd: 6/13/14 at the Oakland Coliseum

BALLHAWKING STATS:

  • 11th game this year (7th MLB Game)
  • 3 balls at this game
  • 7 balls in 7 MLB games this season = 1 Ball Per Game
  • 27 baseball this season
  • 75 Lifetime MLB Baseballs
  • 190 Lifetime Baseballs

Note that I have 190 MLB Balls… My goal was to get 10 at the next game I went to to have an even 200. Stay tuned to find how how that went!

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Nick Badders is a blogger for MLB.com. He writes the blog, 7000 Coliseum Way, and you can follow him on Twitter @RFNick149. You can also LIKE his blog on Facebook. This blog entry was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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5/11/14 at the Oakland Coliseum

Would you like to know what makes my mom better than any other mother out there? She ASKED to spend Mother’s Day at the Coliseum! She, Pascale and I arrived at the Coliseum around 9:30 or 10, with my grandmother, uncle, and dad planning on showing up closer to game time.

Everyone was in a good mood when we got to Gate MM! Will showed off his “Bess Bow” shirt, which you can purchase from Perfect Game Gear if you are interested. If you want to know the back story behind the design, ask Bess Frankoff or Jamey Van Dyke on Twitter!

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Bryanne was in a great mood!

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Daniel was rocking his new jersey, which is customized with his Twitter handle on the back (give him a follow!).

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And of course, Will LOVED my big glove.

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Yes. The big glove was making an appearance at this game. And yes, I fully intended to use it.

I headed straight to the Nationals bullpen down the right field line as soon as they started warming up.
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Unfortunately, the Nationals pitchers were not using the pink-laced Mother’s Day balls. They were using regular MLB balls.
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I know the lacing looks pink, but you’ll have to take my word that it is red.

About 45 minutes after the gates opened, I still had no balls to show for it, despite my Nationals hat, so I decided to break out the big glove. And what do you know? Ross Detwiler hooked me up when he saw it!

After all of the pitchers had left, a few others came out, including Drew Storen, who tossed me a ball once he was done. I promptly handed it to a young boy next to me that was at his first ever baseball game. He was able to get it signed, too!

The Nats then did something amazing. THEY TOOK INFIELD!!!!!!!

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And this guy kind of just chilled on the ground.

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After Nationals infield practice, I had my sister take this picture of me for the Scavenger Hunt.

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Because it was Mother’s Day, this game was also Breast Cancer Awareness Day.

And that meant that the ice cream stand had pink ice cream helmets!

Gio Gonzalez was on the mound for Washington.

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His opponent this afternoon was Scott Kazmir, who has had a very good season for Oakland.

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Kazmir had a very good game, but I’ll get to that later on.IMG_7706

As he usually is, Josh Reddick was in right field.

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In the first inning, Josh Donaldson drew a 2-out walk.

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Yoenis Cespeedes then singled to center field.

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And Derek Norris stepped to the plate.

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He hit a 3-run home run! Aftre an Alberto Callaspo single, Brandon Moss singled as well!

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Nick Punto then singled in Callaspo to give the A’s an early 4-0 lead.

Even though he struck out to end the inning, Josh Reddick was feeling good.

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And Kazmir was still dueling.

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Craig Gentry singled to lead off the bottom of the second.

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Two outs later, Yoenis Cespedes walked and Derek Norris smashed ANOTHER 3-run home run, this time putting the A’s ahead 7-0!

I thought this was a cool picture of Josh Donaldson.

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Remember how I said the Kazmir was dealing? In 7 innings, he allowed 4 hits and no runs, while striking out 4 Nats hitters.

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And before the 7th inning, Dennis Eckersley ONCE AGAIN lost the Hall of Fame Race…

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Like the night before, Jerry Blevins once again warmed up for the Nationals.

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And he actaully came in! However, he allowed 2 runs on 2 hits.

Nick Punto doubled in Alberto Callaspo and Brandon Moss to make it 9-0 A’s.
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Good times! All 9 runs we scored were off of former A’s players.IMG_8603

Newly acquired reliever Joe Savery pitched a scoreless 8th, only allowing 1 hit.

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With the game at 9-0, Jim Johnson came into the game.

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He allowed one run on two hits with a strikeout.

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And the A’s won 9-1. Yay! I got two balls and a pink ice cream helmet. Good times. Thanks for reading, everyone.

Remember, I’m publishing a new blog entry every day!  If you click on the game title, it will take you to a link that WILL NOT GO LIVE UNTIL THE ENTRY IS PUBLISHED. If you click on the game title before it is published, you will be given a page that says “The page you were looking for was not found.” You’ll be able to check out the game entry once it is published. Check out the list to find out when my next game entry will be!

  • Friday, June 20th: 5/25/14 at John Thurman Field (Beyond the Outfield Fence)
  • Saturday, June 21st: 5/30/14 at the Oakland Coliseum
  • Sunday, June 22nd: 6/13/14 at the Oakland Coliseum

BALLHAWKING STATS:

  • 9th game this year (6th MLB Game)
  • 2 balls at this game
  • 4 ball in 6 MLB games this season = 0.67 Balls Per Game
  • 19 baseball this season
  • 72 Lifetime MLB Baseballs
  • 182 Lifetime Baseballs

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Nick Badders is a blogger for MLB.com. He writes the blog, 7000 Coliseum Way, and you can follow him on Twitter @RFNick149. You can also LIKE his blog on Facebook. This blog entry was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

5/10/14 at the Oakland Coliseum

After a horrible month of April and start to May, I was hoping to get on track ballhawking on this beautiful Saturday evening in Oakland.

This game was once again myself and my dad and the NATIONALS were in town. Yeah! A’s BP was taking place when the gates opened. Thankfully, it was a Saturday game, so the A’s were still taking BP when gates open.

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Daric Barton didn’t hit any out.

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But Brandon Moss DID. And he crushed them!

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He hit a ball more or less directly at me. However, I misjudged it and it flew over my head. Thankfully, someone deserving got it. You might have heard of him… It was none other than Rick Gold! He was in town for his one Oakland homestand of the season.

After 15 or 20 minutes, the A’s left and the Nationals started BP. Guess who is with the Nats? Former Atheltic Jerry Blevins!

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Left Field wasn’t too crowded when Washington BP got underway. 
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Nobody on the Nationals really hit it out. It was kind of lame.IMG_4876

However, I did get one ball and it was from Craig Stammen.
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He kind of just tossed a ball up, not really intending it for anyone and I grabbed it after it bounced into an empty seat.

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Like I mentioned, BP was nothing special. Rick ended up catching a ball off the bat of Ian Desmond and a few others landed in the seats, but it was nothing special.
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These were the four main guys that patrolled left field during Nats BP. Note that former Athletic Gio Gonzalez was with them. It was great to see Gio back at the Coliseum!

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Not many guys tossed balls up either, I was very lucky to have gotten one. Most of BP was just this…

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… and this.

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One thing tat my dad caught during BP, but I saw later in the game was this make-shift sun shade that the right field camera operator made for himself.
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Eventually, everyone jogged off the field.

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And the cage was pulled off the field.

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I had talked with Rick on and off throughout BP, but after batting practice, Rick and I spent about 20 minutes catching up and talking ballhawking and baseball and such.

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And then I got a photo with Rick for the MyGameBalls.com Photo Scavenger Hunt.

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It was nice to visit left field for a while!
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On the mound for Oakland was Sonny Gray.
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Tanner Roark was on the bump for the Nationals.

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This game was “Journey Night.” The post-game fireworks were to the music of the band Journey. A few members played the national anthem and one threw out the first pitch.
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Both starting pitchers were very good in this game. Roark pitched 7 2/3 innings, allowing just 2 hits.

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Sonny Gray pitched 7 innings and allowed 6 hits.IMG_5905
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Now it is time for me to share with you some of my favorite photos from the game…
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Why is a giant Dennis Eckersley standing behind the left field wall? Because of the Hall of Fame Mascot race!
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Despite taking an early lead, Eck did not do well…

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He finished last…

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By a lot…

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What a disappointment!

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Like I mentioned, Tanner Roark pitched a great game for the Nationals! The only run he allowed was a John Jaso home run in the 3rd inning.

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At one point in the game, Jerry Blevins got loose in the bullpen, but he never came into this game.

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Josh Reddick led of the 8th with a single for Oakland, but he was unable to score and the game was 3-1 in favor of the Nationals going into the 9th inning.

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Sean Doolittle came on to pitch for Oakland, which meant it was time to headbang!

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Doolittle pitched a 1-2-3 9th to send the game to the bottom half of the inning to give the A’s the chance to push some runs across the plate.

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After John Jaso singled, Jed Lowrie ripped a double to left field to score Jaso and bring the A’s within 1.

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Josh Donaldson then singled to center field to score Lowrie and tie the game at 3-3 with NO OUTS.
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Despite the fact that there was a runner on base with no outs, Brandon Moss, Yoenis Cespedes, and Josh Reddick were all unable to push across JD, sending the game into extras.

Doolittle came back on for the 10th inning, once again getting Washington in order 1-2-3.

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Alberto Callaspso singled to lead off the bottom of the 10th for Oakland.

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After Eric Sogard failed to lay a bunt down, Daric Barton flied out…

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This brought John Jaso to the plate…

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On the first pitch of his at-bat, Jaso ripped a double to right-center that ALMOST was a home run.
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Pinch runner Nick Punto came around to score.

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And it was an Athletics victory!

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This game was huge for me. After several rough games ballhawking-wise, it felt good to get back into the swing of things and snag a ball. Thanks for reading!

Remember, I’m publishing a new blog entry every day!  If you click on the game title, it will take you to a link that WILL NOT GO LIVE UNTIL THE ENTRY IS PUBLISHED. If you click on the game title before it is published, you will be given a page that says “The page you were looking for was not found.” You’ll be able to check out the game entry once it is published. Check out the list to find out when my next game entry will be!

  • Thursday, June 19th: 5/11/14 at the Oakland Coliseum
  • Friday, June 20th: 5/25/14 at John Thurman Field (Beyond the Outfield Fence)
  • Saturday, June 21st: 5/30/14 at the Oakland Coliseum
  • Sunday, June 22nd: 6/13/14 at the Oakland Coliseum

BALLHAWKING STATS:

  • 8th game this year (5th MLB Game)
  • 1 ball at this game
  • 2 ball in 5 MLB games this season = 0.4 Balls Per Game
  • 17 baseball this season
  • 70 Lifetime MLB Baseballs
  • 180 Lifetime Baseballs

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Nick Badders is a blogger for MLB.com. He writes the blog, 7000 Coliseum Way, and you can follow him on Twitter @RFNick149. You can also LIKE his blog on Facebook. This blog entry was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

4/22/14 and 5/5/14 at the Oakland Coliseum

I have two days to share with you in this blog entry. Both are days of of very frustrating batting practice.

Since there is not much to tell about either game and I don’t have many pictures from either game, I figured I would combine them into one small entry, since I don’t want to bore you with all of the details. I had originally chosen these two games because I thought they would be great games to ballhawk at. When I chose my 24 games back in December, I wanted to only get games that would be good for ballhawking, so I made sure to include them in my list. Ready? They both sucked in terms of ballhawking. It was horrible. Simply put, I was shut out both times.

Let’s start off with the Tuesday, April 22nd game. I had been planning on going to the game the day before as well, but my high school team had a game the day before, so my mom and sister went to the A’s game in my place.

My mom and I got to the Coliseum about 45 minutes before the gates opened. And to top it all off, gates did not open until 5:42, 7 minutes after the scheduled 5:35 opening.

Once the gates FINALLY opened, I ran out to the right field bleachers and threw on my Rangers stuff. Over the course of BP, I saw one (1) ball go over the fence in the 15 minutes of BP that took place after the stadium opened. That one ball just got over the wall in right-center, flying way under the right field bleachers.

Even though I had my Rangers stuff on, it did not do any good. The idea of wearing the visiting team’s gear is to catch their attention when they are scanning the crowd to toss a ball up. On this day, the Rangers players did not once think about tossing a ball up at any point during BP anywhere in the stadium. And trust me, I was keeping an eye out, because the second I saw one player toss a ball up, I was running over there to get him to toss me a ball.

Anyway, BP ended just before 6pm, 15 minutes earlier than it usually does for visitors in Oakland. After BP came to a close, I picked up a new scarf for myself. Here is one side, that says BLEACHER DIE HARDS, with RF on one side and LF on the other.

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This is the other side. Why does it say STAY? Because the A’s need to stAy in Oakland!

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You may wonder whose #55 jersey I am wearing. In fact, Will was wearing the same jersey on this fine Tuesday. It’s Rich Thompson, who pitched in one game for Oakland back in 2012.

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I won’t share a lot of pictures from this game with you, simply because there are not a lot. Here is one, featuring starter Tommy Milone.

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In 6 innings, he allowed 5 hits and 3 runs, while walking 4 batters and striking out 1.IMG_8590

I don’t know why, but I kind of liked this picture of A’s second baseman Eric Sogard.

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Ryan Cook came into the game in the 7th for the Athletics. His entrance song is A Warrior’s Call by Volbeat. So of course, Ben Christensen had to let his hair down for a bit.

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As did Wiggi!

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Despite the loss and blown save in the 9th by Luke Gregerson, it was a fun night!

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Now on to May 5th… I don’t have the pictures that my dad took on his camera, but I do have a few shots from my phone, so I wanted to make sure to share them with you.

Originally, I was going to go to this game with my mom. However, she was feeling under the weather, so I went with my dad. We got free tickets to this game as a bonus for locking in our season tickets back in December a couple of sections to the right of the Mariners dugout. I didn’t come close to anything during BP except for this ball.

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It was a BP home run hit by the Mariners that I was hoping someone would grab and toss me. When a groundskeeper walked by, I politely called out to him, asking for the ball but he told me that he couldn’t throw it that high, despite the fact that I saw HIM throw someone in LF a ball just minuets earlier. So… I got shut out for BP.

I then joined up with my dad and we got some dinner. Then, we went to our seats, where we enjoyed the first two innings. I then used the MLB At the Ballpark App to upgrade our seats at a cheap price to the 4th row behind the Mariners dugout.

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That was our view for the last 7 innings. You’d think it would be the perfect spot to get a 3rd out ball, right? Well after every inning, the Mariners player who recorded the 3rd out would toss the ball to Robinson Cano and he would find the smallest kid to give the ball to. I guess I’m not a small kid anymore.

So I had a hard time getting a 3rd out ball. In the 9th, I turned my attention to getting an umpire view and avoiding the shutout.
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It almost worked. However, the umpire gave a ball to someone else. I then went back behind the dugout to get this picture,

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I then saw a random stadium employee with a ball in his hand. I asked him for the ball and we made eye contact and he nodded at me. He then scanned the dugout and flipped the ball to someone 50 feet to my right. Dang…

What a frustrating start to the ballhawking year, huh?

Remember, I’m publishing a new blog entry every day! Check out the list to find out when my next game entry will be!

  • Monday, June 16th: 4/26/14 at Banner Island Ballpark (Beyond the Outfield Fence)
  • Tuesday, June 17th: 5/4/14 at Banner Island Ballpark (Beyond the Outfield Fence)
  • Wednesday, June 18th: 5/10/14 at the Oakland Coliseum
  • Thursday, June 19th: 5/11/14 at the Oakland Coliseum
  • Friday, June 20th: 5/25/14 at John Thurman Field (Beyond the Outfield Fence)
  • Saturday, June 21st: 5/30/14 at the Oakland Coliseum
  • Sunday, June 22nd: 6/13/14 at the Oakland Coliseum
  • 4th and 7th games this year (3rd and 4th MLB Games)
  • 0 balls at this game
  • 1 ball in 4 MLB games this season = 0.25 Balls Per Game
  • 1 baseball this season
  • 69 Lifetime MLB Baseballs
  • 179 Lifetime Baseballs

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Nick Badders is a blogger for MLB.com. He writes the blog, 7000 Coliseum Way, and you can follow him on Twitter @RFNick149. You can also LIKE his blog on Facebook. This blog entry was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

4/4/14 and 4/6/14 at the Oakland Coliseum

Wow… This is my first entry in a LONG time. I apologize for not publishing any entries in May. I’ve been focusing on school for the past month and a half, so I have not had time to publish, much less write any blog entries. However, I’ll have a new blog entry every day for the next 9 days after today, either here or over at Beyond the Outfield Fence.  Here is what the schedule looks like for the upcoming week.

  • Friday, June 13th (today): 4/4/14 and 4/6/14 at the Oakland Coliseum
  • Saturday, June 14th: 4/12/14 at Banner Island Ballpark (Beyond the Outfield Fence)
  • Sunday, June 15th: 4/22/14 and 5/5/14 at the Oakland Coliseum
  • Monday, June 16th: 4/26/14 at Banner Island Ballpark (Beyond the Outfield Fence)
  • Tuesday, June 17th: 5/4/14 at Banner Island Ballpark (Beyond the Outfield Fence)
  • Wednesday, June 18th: 5/10/14 at the Oakland Coliseum
  • Thursday, June 19th: 5/11/14 at the Oakland Coliseum
  • Friday, June 20th: 5/25/14 at John Thurman Field (Beyond the Outfield Fence)
  • Saturday, June 21st: 5/30/14 at the Oakland Coliseum
  • Sunday, June 22nd: 6/13/14 at the Oakland Coliseum

However, I will be out of town from Sunday the 15th to Saturday the 21st. I won’t be active online during that time period, whether it be replying to comments here or staying busy on social media… I’ll get all caught up on the 22nd, don’t worry! STILL… PLEASE comment on the entries and let me know what you think. I’ll be having them automatically post at 12pm PST (noon) each day, so make sure to check back every day for a new entry!

Let’s get to the games now, shall we? This entry does not feature any games that will go into my ballhawking stats. I wanted to share two games with you that I did not ballhawk at that will show you more stadium life than anything else.

First off, I want to share the exasperating experience that is April 4th. It was the first Friday home game of the year, and the A’s were once again opening gates at 4:30 on Fridays to let fans in for A’s BP.

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However, it started POURING rain just before 4:30 and not only did they cancel BP, but they pushed back gate openings until 5pm. So, we got to stand in the rain for 1/2 an hour. When we got inside, this was the scene.

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It had finally stopped raining, however it was still a little wet, and as you can see above, it was very windy.

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There was nothing much to do until the A’s pitchers started playing catch down the LF line.

I didn’t get any balls there, but I did get a few pitchers to sign my flag, including Sonny Gray.IMG_3101

I then spotted the Mariners warming up down the RF line, so I made a beeline for the right field corner, where I met up with Danny Farquhar. I’ve told this story many times before here, but I’ll do it again as a refresher. At FanFest 2013, I bought a Green Danny Farquhar jersey. He never actaully played with the A’s.

I held up the jersey after he finished throwing and he LOVED it!

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I loved how excited he was over personally, my favorite jersey. He genuinely seemed surprised, but happy. We talked for about 5 minutes, mostly about jerseys.

I then headed back to the bleachers where I relaxed with my mom and sister for a while. Around 6:30, the tarp was still on the field, which confused me, because it had stopped raining right before 5. Then, around 7pm, it was announced that the game time was going to be postponed due to field conditions. Around 7:30, they announced that the game was officially postponed.

The night before, the A’s had consulted with a “weather expert” or something like that who told them that it wasn’t supposed to rain overnight, so they could leave the tarp off and dry out the field. Well it rained a lot overnight and I guess it was too soggy to play.

Given that I didn’t snag a ball and there was technically no game played, I am not counting April 4th in my ballhawking stats.

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Now, I want to share with you the game I attended on April 6th.

When my family renewed our season tickets back in December, we were given some early bird perks. One of them included a DEEPLY discounted luxury suite. Given that my birthday is in mid-April and my 16th birthday was coming up, my parents decided to splurge and get the suite for me and some friends. THANK YOU MOM AND DAD!

I chose this game because the A’s had an off day on my actual birthday and the weekend games closest to my birthday would be a mess due to giveaways and such. Well the group met up at BART and we took the train to the Coliseum.

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It felt weird being at the stadium so “late,” as we were getting there at a normal time (around 12:20 for the 1:05 game)

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This was the food setup. Hotdogs, nachos, drinks, popcorn, salad, peanuts; the basics.

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We were lucky enough to get the suite in dead-center, where there are no bleacher seats.

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See? This was the view to the left and right.

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It was neat to see the stadium from a different perspective.

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Sonny Gray was on the mound for Oakland in the Sunday afternoon game against the Mariners.

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I won’t share many details from the game, mostly because it was so long ago, however I will share some pictures with you, like these ones of Josh Donaldson.

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And this one of reliever Luke Gregerson…

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I was debating bringing my flag with me, to wave out the front window, but I decided with this instead.

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Yes, that is a very big glove. It’s the same one that Zack Hample, Rick Sporcic, and Spencer Sanborn have. No, I don’t know where it was ordered from. It was a Christmas gift from my parents. Aren’t they the best?

I really like this picture of me… I discovered it as I was writing this entry and thought it was really cool.

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Jim Johnson pitched the ninth for Oakland and he actaully did fairly well.

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The A’s won!

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Our group stayed to watch the little kids run the bases, which was a lot of fun!

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Then we took BART home. It was a good day!

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Thanks for reading, everyone! Remember, check back here to find out when my next entry will be posted. Remember… noon every day for the next week. Go A’s!

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Nick Badders is a blogger for MLB.com. He writes the blog, 7000 Coliseum Way, and you can follow him on Twitter @RFNick149. You can also LIKE his blog on Facebook. This blog entry was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

4/2/14 at the Oakland Coliseum

Well… I promised a new entry for the past few days. I’ve been really busy and haven’t had time to post. Sorry!

Rain, rain GO AWAY! We had tickets to the A’s game on April 1st. But it rained. A lot. My mom, sister and I got to the stadium around 5pm on Tuesday. They postponed the game right before the gates opened. It was moved to 6pm the next day.

There was a game scheduled for 12:35 on Wednesday as well, so it was technically a day-night doubleheader! My mom and I decided to go to just the second game. A few hours before the game started, I found a great deal on StubHub for some AMAZING seats. so, I bought them and my mom and I went to the game!

We got to the Coliseum around 4:20. Eventually, the two of us headed to the Season Ticket Holder gate, where we entered the stadium. Because of the previosu game, gates did not open until 5pm, but it was still a good time! Here is the view from our seats…

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We were RIGHT above the Diamond Level seats. Pretty cool! From there, my mom and I decided to wander around the stadium a bit. The Coliseum changed food providers over the offseason, so the two of us wanted to check out what else there was. We more or less just walked around for a while.

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On our way to the right field bleachers, I decided to stop at the Authentic Memorabilia Stand, where they had locker name plates for $5 each. This one caught my eye, so I bought it!

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If you remember, I bought his jersey back in February at FanFest, so it’s cool that I have Mike Ekstrom’s jersey and locker nameplate!

It was already 5:45 at this point, so my mom and I headed back to our seats. We walked around some more, talked with some people, and got food

An A’s fan threw out the ceremonial first pitch.

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Dan Straily caught it and took a picture with her.

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Because we were so close to the field, I had fun taking photos like this.

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It was weird to see the bleachers from across the stadium.

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Here are the umpires and coaches meeting at home plate.
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On the mound for Oakland was Josh Lindblom, who we got in the trade with Craig Gentry for Michael Choice.

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Because the doubleheader was scheduled so suddenly, both teams were allowed to carry 26 players for this game. The A’s called up Lindblom so that the starting pitchers’ schedules would not be messed up.

Here are a couple of pictures I took of Josh Donaldson as he was standing on deck.

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I loved the chance to get up-close photos like this.

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The batter pictured above, Sam Fuld tripled to lead off the game.

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Donaldson fouled a ball back that shook the umpire up quite a bit.

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Jed Lowrie was starting at shortstop.
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And John Jaso was once again behind the plate.

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After every half inning, this guy would walk onto the field and hold up a red, yellow, blue, and green card, in that order. My guess is that it has something to do with the replay system.
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Josh Lindblom pitched fairly well, throwing 4 2/3 innings, allowing 5 hits and 2 runs, while striking out 2 Indians batters.

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Drew Pomeranz relieved him, finishing off the 5th inning and getting the first two outs of the 6th.

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Like I mentioned, I loved being able to get photos this close up!


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My mom commented on the fact that given that we sit in right field, we rarely get to see the front of Josh Reddick. For those of you wondering what he looks like, here you go!

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My mom also had a fun time taking pictures; she got some really good ones! I laughed at this one, especially.

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It looked like everyone in right field was having a great time!

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For my second straight game, the Indians challenged a call in the sixth inning. This time, it was on a tag play at second base.

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And this time the call was overturned in the Indians favor.

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After Drew Pomeranz struck out a batter, Luke Gregerson came in to pitch the rest of the inning.IMG_2829He got Ryan Raburn to fly out to Yoenis Cespedes on two pitches.
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He also pitched the 7th inning, where he walked a batter, allowed a single, and a run. This tied the game up at 3.

Like I mentioned earlier, my mom and I really enjoyed being able to take pictures much more up-close than we would from RF.

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I liked this picture a lot, for some reason.

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The A’s scored a run in the bottom of the 7th, so Sean Doolittle came on in the 8th to pitch for the A’s.

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He pitched a 1-2-3 inning, sending the game to the bottom of the 8th. The A’s were unable to score a run, sending the game to the 9th.

Who did the A’s call upon to close out the game? Their closer, of course! Jim Johnson entered the game for the ninth inning, hoping to earn his first save of the season. You may remember what happened last time he pitched. It was Opening Day. You can check out that blog entry here.

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Once again, he blew it. He allowed three runs and the A’s lost 6-4. Dang…

I had been chasing foul balls all game, but only came close to one. But, I didn’t get it. In the bottom of the 9th, I headed over to the umpire tunnel once again in hopes of avoiding the shutout. But, I had no luck. For the first time this season, I snagged no balls. It sucked, but the situation was out of my control. Oh well!

BALLHAWKING STATS:

  • 2nd game this year (2nd MLB Game)
  • 0 balls at this game
  • 1 ball in 2 MLB games this season = 0.5 Balls Per Game
  • 1 baseball this season
  • 69 Lifetime MLB Baseballs
  • 164 Lifetime Baseballs

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Nick Badders is a blogger for MLB.com. He writes the blog, 7000 Coliseum Way, and you can follow him on Twitter @RFNick149. You can also LIKE his blog on Facebook. This blog entry was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

3/31/14 at the Oakland Coliseum

Sorry Guys… I’ve been so busy, I haven’t gotten around to writing any blog entries. The next few blog entries will be REALLY short. Once I get back into the swing of things, I’ll start having longer entries. I’ll have a new blog entry every day for the rest of April, okay?

Opening Day… Is supposed to be a beautiful, sunny, perfect day, correct? WRONG!

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Well it rained. A lot (For Bay Area standards). However, that didn’t stop us, or for that matter a lot of A’s fans for coming out!

My mom, sister and I got to the Coliseum shortly after 3pm, when we got in line at Gate B with a few other people. Nothing exciting happened. The rain stopped for a bit, then picked up right when it was time for the gates to open…

Even though they were supposed to open at 5:05, it was closer to 5:10 when I finally got inside. I ran straight for the bleachers and set my stuff down with everyone else.
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The first picture of the entry was taken shortly after we got in. After 10 minutes, I saw the A’s pitchers playing catch down the left field line, so I decided to go take a look.

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Meanwhile, the grounds crew was sweeping water off the tarp and preparing the field for the game.

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After pitchers had finished warming up, they all did some running.

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I’m sure you are wondering if I snagged a ball while the pitchers were throwing. I did! After all of them had finished playing catch, I tried to get a ball, but had no luck. I decided to head over to the bullpen to try my luck with one of the pitchers when they were done throwing there. No luck.

After they all left, I saw bullpen coach Darren Bush walking towards me. I saw that he had a couple of balls in his hand with the 2014 OPENING DAY LOGO on them. I knew I had to get one. But, when I asked him for one, he said he had to save them and couldn’t give them away. I asked him if he could keep an eye out for one of the special logo balls, and he said he would try.

Anyway… I then spotted bullpen catcher Casey Chavez with a few balls in his hand. Given that it appeared that all of the pitchers had been using these balls, I hoped he had a few. If you remember, at A’s FanFest, I purchased a Casey Chavez gold jersey. I was wearing it at this game. So, I called out to him, telling him that he would like my jersey. He turned to me and I pointed to my back. He smiled and flipped me a ball. Here I am with it…


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Let’s take a closer look at that logo…

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SUCCESS! Even though the logo is worn out a bit, a commemorative ball is still a commemorative ball. I was VERY happy!

Eventually, players started coming out onto the field. John Jaso was back in the catchers gear after missing a large part of last season due to a concussion.
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Josh Reddick was starting in right field today.
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Daric Barton was at first.

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Josh Donaldson (4th-place MVP finisher) was at 3rd base.

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He was getting a lot of boos, but given that he was my first ever favorite player, I couldn’t do so.

On the mound for the A’s was Sonny Gray.
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In the top of the 6th inning, we got to see some “history.” Terry Francona asked for the umpires to use a challenge on a play at the plate. First time a call like that had been challenged in an MLB game. EVER.

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It felt good to be back out at the yard taking pictures like this.
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Or this, for example, when Sean Doolittle came into the game in the 8th. Sonny Gray pitched the first 6, Luke Gregerson pitched the 7th, and he pitched the 8th.
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At the time Doolittle entered, the score was tied 0-0, so it had been a tight game all night long.

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I thought this was a particularly cool picture that my dad took.

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The A’s made some noise in the bottom of the 8th. Daric Barton singled to lead off, then advanced to second on a wild pitch.
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Coco Crisp then walked, and the A’s had runners on first and second with one out.

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Josh Donaldson then singled to load the bases.
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However, Cody Allen was SOMEHOW able to get out of a one-out, bases loaded jam.

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Jed Lowrie struck out swinging and Brandon Moss grounded out to Swisher at first.

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8 innings. No runs scored. The A’s called upon newly acquired closer Jim Johnson to keep the game scoreless.

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He did the opposite of that.
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The first three batters of the inning all got on base, thanks to a walk, single, and hit batsman. With the bases loaded, Fernando Abad started to get hot in the bullpen.

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After this, I headed down behind home plate in hopes of getting an Opening Day commemorative umpire ball as soon as the game was over.

Long story short- it didn’t happen. The A’s lost on Opening Day for the zillionth time in a row. This time, it was a 2-0 shutout. Hey… At least I’d be back out at the game the next day? Or would I…

The next day, I was skimming through the game archive on MLB.tv and I saw this.

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Hey! That’s my flag! For those of you who didn’t already know, during the offseason, I purchased a custom flag to wave in the right field bleachers. And… on the first game of the season, I got some TV time! Cool stuff!

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BALLHAWKING STATS:

  • 1st game this year (1st MLB Game)
  • 1 ball at this game
  • 1 ball in 1 MLB games this season = 1 Ball Per Game
  • 1 baseball this season
  • 69 Lifetime MLB Baseballs
  • 164 Lifetime Baseballs

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Nick Badders is a blogger for MLB.com. He writes the blog, 7000 Coliseum Way, and you can follow him on Twitter @RFNick149. You can also LIKE his blog on Facebook. This blog entry was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.