44 home games completed, 37 more to go. Believe it or not fans, but we are more than halfway through the season. How does time fly so quickly? Non-baseball fans lament the season’s length, stuffed with a game count that’s well into the triple digits. But for a true baseball fan — and I know you’ll agree with me — there’s no such thing as too many games. Judging by the effort you all make to catch Fall League games and Cactus League games, I think a lot of us wouldn’t mind a bit if we could watch some sort of baseball year-round.
While the team has their own kinks to work out in the second half of the season (let’s try to find some hot bats and an error-less defense), one thing that has impressed me over the first half is how our fans have turned out and represented the green and gold. From the dedicated families showing up on school nights to the elderly couple sticking it out through the rain to our Left Field and Right Field (aka Matsuiland — see the photo to the left when the gang let me hold the letter “A”. I was so honored!) bleacher crews, we have some of the best fans in major league baseball. Fans, thanks for making the first half of the season so memorable. Even though I don’t want the season to end, I’m already looking forward to the second half and the next homestand.
Coco and his hair, circa April 2011
Diana posting the starting pitcher’s strikeout count
Interviewing some cute A’s fans with serious player crushes!
Danny surprised his girlfriend Michelle and asked her to prom on Diamond Vision. She said yes!
A 2-year old A’s fan doing the “Kurt Suzuki.” Adorable!
Our oldest A’s fan: “One hundred and one and still having fun!”
It’s hard to believe the 1st half of the season had 4 rain delays
A’s fans braving the cold and the wet
Spring showers brough gorgeous sunsets
Diamond Vision cameraman Jon waiting out a drizzle
Stomper with singer/songwriter Brett Dennen performing “Take me out to the Ballgame”
Suzuki’s wife had her baby in April 2011 and Kurt went on a hitting streak!
Scout Day with the A’s (and yes, that is my REAL Girl Scout vest!)
Our cute little A’s
Unique at the A’s: Live dot racing!
Cute A’s family after winning a copy of the MLB2K11 video game
Bel Biv Devoe at the A’s!
Everyone loves fleece blanket give-away night
Cinco de Mayo 2011
Steve with his mustache inspiration, Raleigh Fingers
Sargeant Stomper on Salute to Armed Forces Day
Sweeeeep! Nothing was more satisfying than sweeping the Giants. Go A’s!!
Florence and Dale celebrate their 45th wedding anniversary with the A’s
Some of the members of this year’s fantastic Herd
Love how our A’s fans show their spirit!
Moments after Chuck proposed to Jen on Diamond Vision. She said yes!!!
Matsui fans are just *waiting* for Godzilla to hit his 500th career homerun