By now, most of you have probably heard a little something about “Bacon Tuesday” last week at the Oakland Coliseum. It was magical. And it represented one of the best parts of baseball: the chance for fun interactions between fans and players. In this case, the crew in the Right Field Bleachers were celebrating a player from *another* team: Jeff Francoeur from the Kansas City Royals. Click this link to check out my live, in-game interview with the organizers behind Bacon Tuesday.
Our dedicated A’s fans in the RF Bleachers even created t-shirts for the whole crew to wear (photo at left). Rumor has it, that Francoeur himself even donned a shirt after the game! As a thank you to the fans for their enthusiasm on Tuesday night, Francoeur arranged for the delivery of twenty personal pizzas and a signed bat at the start of the game on Wednesday morning. While I haven’t had the chance to meet Francoeur in person, I admire his attitude and perspective on the game. Here’s a quote he gave to the Associated Press after last week’s festivities:
“Baseball is fun. We can take it too serious sometimes,” Francoeur said before the game. “This is something more than just baseball. That right-field section are here every game, they cheer for every (A’s player). They are diehards. I just enjoy them out there. It’s a lot of fun. You don’t get to build relationships like that every day.”
Later in the game, I met up again with the RF Bleacher crew for the 7th Inning Stretch. Here’s a link to my second chat with Omar about what’s in store for “Bacon Tuesday 2013.” Notice how it’s gotten progressively wetter and those bacon strips, soggier and soggier. On a night like last Tuesday, the rain didn’t seem to matter. Honestly. We were all having too much fun!
The final component to the success of “Bacon Tuesday” was the mutual enthusiasm from the Diamond Vision crew (the team that’s responsible for the big screen, scoreboard and stadium entertainment in general). Hats off to Jeremy Wesler-Buck for creating such fun scoreboard messages so quickly! All of a sudden, cap caper was sponsored by Jeff Francoeur, and strips of bacon seemed to appear between every inning! I especially love this screen (photo below, courtesy of Jeremy) that hints to more fun times next year.
It’s really hard to believe, but the 2010 season is starting to wind down. I hate to be the one to break the bad news, but I’m just wondering how the last four and a half months disappeared so quickly?!? To me, Spring Training feels like last week. And Dallas Braden’s perfect game could have been yesterday.
So here are the facts, fans: starting today, Monday, August 16, there are only three more homestands and twenty-three more home games left in the 2010 campaign. We’ve only got about a quarter of the season to go, and you know it’s going to go by in a green and gold blur!
Because of this sad news, I urge you and your friends and family to make these next few homestands count! I know summertime is busy with vacations, camp,
parties and the like, but procrastinators, it’s time to start making
A’s baseball a priority. Click here to visit the A’s website so you can pick up your tickets today!
In my opinion, there are a lot of factors that have made this season zip by (at least in comparison to last year). For starters, the team has been playing well and we all know it’s a lot more fun to watch a winning team. Instead of dreading upcoming series, we’ve been looking forward to them, thus the schedule appears to fly by.
Also, it doesn’t take a meteorologist to tell you that this summer has been positively Arctic. Where are those bright, sunny days and warm evenings? It’s been feeling a lot more like earlier May than mid-August. Yet another reason why it’s hard to believe the season is coming to a close.
So fans, get out your green and gold, make those homemade signs and come on out to the Coliseum for the remaining days of A’s baseball in 2010. I can’t wait to see you there!
The moment we’ve all been waiting for is upon us: OPENING DAY! Despite the gloomy Bay Area weather and head-scratching roster moves, there are a lot of reasons to be excited for tonight’s season opener vs. the Seattle Mariners, and in fact, the entire 2010 season. Here’s what I’m most looking forward to:
- A healthy team. How great to have Chavy back in the lineup and Duke on the mound?! Of course, the Coco Crisp and Michael Wuertz injury news is disappointing, but we’ve got to expect and anticipate hiccups like these along the way.
- New fan favorites. Kevin Kouzmanoff, Jake Fox and Adam Rosales to name a few…
- Fresh, young talent. After watching Chris Carter and Michael Taylor at Spring Training, I’m optimistic for what’s coming down the pipeline. I have a feeling we’ll be seeing these two in the Coliseum before the All Star break.
- FANS. It’s people like you who make the A’s fan experience as special as it is. From our die-hard, 81-gamers to our youngins’ out to see Stomper, it’s you the team is playing for and you who makes my job so meaningful.
And speaking of fans, here are 2 pictures I snapped at Saturday’s game vs. the Giants that just make me smile! It’s going to be a great season everyone — I can’t wait to spend it with you at the Oakland Coliseum!
I was at the Coliseum earlier this week to meet with the folks from Diamond Vision and couldn’t help but snap this photo of our pristine, gorgeous field. The Oakland A’s grounds crew is one of the finest in the league, but the field never looks better than now, before it’s even been played on. Here are some other photos from the Coliseum to show off where they placed Rickey Henderson’s retired #24 and one of the other banners at the stadium. See you tomorrow, fans!
Tuesday. It’s a day of the week that sort of gets lost in the middle. It doesn’t get the cheeky moniker like Wednesday “Hump Day,” nor is it a precursor to Friday. Yup, Tuesdays can be pretty ordinary…unless you’re an A’s fan!
Here’s why: During select Tuesday home games this year (and there will be close to a dozen of them), Chevy is presenting FREE PARKING in the Coliseum lot. That’s a savings of almost $20…and admit it, sometimes parking is the make-it-or-break-it factor when deciding to go to a game.
The deal gets even better for Chevy drivers. Bring your keys to the box office and you’ll score a nice savings on Field Level tickets.
Here’s a video that explains a bit more.
And here’s a photo from my birthday tailgate last August to show how fun the Oakland Coliseum parking lot can be for a party! Green and yellow balloons, flowers and yummy treats was the best way to kick off the pre-game celebration!
Whether for the Mariners, Angels or Rangers, we’ll see you out here at the Coliseum for free parking, a sweet tailgate and of course, and A’s win!!