June 16, 2007

This Weekend: Oakland A's Marathon

Ahhh... the ebb and flow of being a partial season ticket holder. Owning tickets to approximately 40 Oakland A's games through the season means periods where we won't visit the Coliseum to catch a game for the better part of two weeks, followed by spurts where we are seemingly there every evening. And if I tack on any extra games with friends of coworkers, it just gets that much more crazy. This weekend, if correctly executed, I could be cheering on the A's run in the division race every day from Friday through Monday.

Last night, we saw the A's deliver a pounding to the visiting St. Louis Cardinals. After the appreciative ovation given to the team's manager Tony LaRussa, who rose to stardom during his tenure as the A's manager in the late 1980s to 1990s, the A's were out for blood. Despite falling behind early 3-0, the team showed a rare offensive surge, scoring six in the third inning, six more in the seventh inning, and two more runs in the fourth and fifth to wrap up a score more likely at a Raiders/Rams football game: 14-3. (Of course, nobody would expect Oakland to win that one)

The baseball fun continues with a 6:05 game this evening with a friend from Athletics Nation, a 1:05 game Sunday on Father's Day, and in a special treat, a group of us from the office will be back to the Coliseum on Monday night to see the A's take on the Cincinnati Reds, making it four games in four days.

Some have asked me if it ever gets boring or repetitive to see the same players at the same place from the same seats, day after day. The answer is clearly, no. While as a fan, I can get frustrated by seeing the same storylines, such as the A's not scoring enough runs or misusing the bullpen, the truth is that every game is different, and every game starts with the slate clear, and both teams have a chance to win. Even if the A's fall behind, I know that we could be on the verge of seeing a late-inning comeback or a tragic heartbreaker. I've seen both, and it's all part of being a fan.

Starting at 6 tonight, you can find us in our usual seats: Section 114, Row 28, Seats 5 and 6. Go A's!