Most of the time I try to tailor my column to encompass the season ticket holder experience of fans of every team through my experience of it as an A’s fan but this past week was so strange that it’s going to be all about the my week going to A’s games. In all my years of having tickets and going to games I have never encountered a week, especially an opening week, that played out quite like this. Whatever bizarre thing could happen did happen.
First of all I live in Northern California. It has not rained since September (there was a rain delay at an A’s game so I remember) and everyone is worried about a drought. So, the week leading up to Opening Day it rained. Thunder, lightening, small funnel clouds, tornado warnings, the whole deal – this stuff never happens in NorCal,at least not often. The last time the A’s had a game completely rained out was in 1998.
Opening Night went great with the exception of having that freezing feeling that you can feel in your bones. It was literally bone chilling cold which most of you will laugh at because it was only in the upper 30’s, lower 40’s. So it was cold but there was not a whole lot of rain. A’s lost but that is typical – finally! – one thing that was normal during the week. The A’s have lost their last ten Opening Day games. True story. But we’ve been the the play-offs three times in the past nine years so I kind of look at it as batting .300!
The Tuesday the game was rained out but at least we were aware of this prior to heading out to the O,Co Coliseum in Oakland. I live about 30 minutes outside of Oakland, 20 minutes on a good day. Anyway, Wednesday there was sun and there was something else highly unusual, a double header to make up for Tuesday’s game. I went to the day game on Wednesday but didn’t stay for the night game. The A’s went 1-1 which was fine with me. That left us at 1-2 after three days of the week. Could be worse but our supposedly awesome new closer acquired during the off season from the Baltimore Orioles blew the games both Monday and Wednesday night. He did not pitch in the day game we won! Coincidence? Maybe or maybe I am just cynical.
Thursday was seemingly fine. It had poured most of the night at least in the far East Bay where I reside. Surely, the A’s grounds crew had read the weather report, right? Nope. Not in the least. The field was too soggy to play on because they did not cover it Wednesday night! That’s crazy. I have never heard of that happening before. Of course we were notified of a delay on the apps on our phones but it was just a postponement. So my mom and I headed out to what ended up being a packed game. The parking lot was full because the Golden State Warriors (who I LOVE) were, of course, having a game the same night as the A’s. Lovely. So we had to pay $20 to park in the overflow lot only to get to the actual lot and have the parking attendant yelling “The game has been cancelled!” We really could not believe it. It was such a shock that we kept walking towards the Coliseum until I received a text from my STH neighbor, Jason, saying the game was cancelled. That, I believed. Game over. It sucked!
It was a special game for us fans too! We had worked so hard to elect Eric Sogard as the Face of MLB only to be the runner up but this game was for him. The team was giving out their yearly pet calendar with Sogard from the front (Thank you again to whoever left one on my doorstep that night!) and some pretty cool tee shirts too! Not as great as my shirt from @PerfectGameGear but they were cool! I was totally “nerded out” and filled with Nerd Power, everybody was. I am so sure that we would have won that night. It was such a bummer and strange occurrence. Two rain outs in one week?! That;s just crazy! So bizarre, so bizarre! Seriously.
Friday, Saturday, Sunday were actually good days. The A’s took 2-3 from Seattle and survived their first week of the season coming out at a .500 clip. Works for me. Friday, I should note, ended in a walk-off homer run in the 12th inning by our fearless leader, beloved by all Oakland Athletics fan, Coco Crisp! We needed that after all that happened all week. The week went by not at all as planned. It was weird and different but at the same time it meant that baseball is back … and it wasn’t all bad because going to a ballgame is never bad!!
So y’all have a good week now! The A’s are on a road trip to Minnesota, Seattle and Los Angeles (actually it’s Anaheim, so annoying!) so I won’t have much to report or smile about next week but I already have an idea I am working on so I hope you will be back to read it!! lol! I am not sure what to say to end this this week’s edition of 2014: Life as a MLB Season Ticket Holder.
So I will be random and simply say SMILE because NERD POWER is AWESOME! xx ~ Jen