April 2009

Thanks for a FANtastic Day

With Fan Appreciation Workout Day coming to a close the live blogging also comes to an end. Thank you fans for attending today’s event. Don’t forget- as if you would- the A’s start the season in Anaheim tomorrow night and return home Friday for the first regular season home game of 2009. Go A’s!


A few photos follow from today’s Fan Appreciation Workout Day

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Kuiper talks with Holliday, Sweeney, and Giambi

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Crosby autographs a batting helmet for a fan

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In game host Kara Tsuboi interviews A’s fans

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A’s fans enjoy some sun down the LF line

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Robert Buan and Amy with the camera interview Bob Alejo, A’s Director of Strength and Conditioning

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Young fans lean over the dugout to get a better view of the team

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Stretching before catching, swinging, running, and throwing

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Buan talks to Tom about his visit from Atlanta

A’s Bench Coach Tye Waller talks with Ken Korach

(Photos copyright Travis LoDolce)

Robert in the Outfield

Robert Buan stabbs at a ball in the outfield, says CF Ryan Sweeney. Sweeneys ready for the season, but Buan could use a few more weeks of Spring Training until hes ready for the field. Good thing hes in the booth instead of on the field.

No way! Norway?

Kara Tsuboi found a fan here at Fan Appreciation Workout Day visiting from Norway. Thats a bit further than Atlanta, GA. Sorry Tom.

Practice Makes Perfect

The A’s are on the field stretching, hitting, and fielding. Robert Buan is in the outfield interviewing players. Ken Korach in foul territory with coaches. Tsuboi in the stands with fans. A good day to relax and enjoy.

Met a fan named Tom who flew in from Atlanta for this event. A previous Bay Area resident he and his now college age son began coming to games in the late 1990s. Now reitred in Atlanta he follows the team on television with occasional trips to see the team on the road and here in Oakland. Bought his daughter an Eric Chavez jersey so she can sport it throughout the southern USA.

A question for the fans, which new player do you think will make the biggest impact on the team this season? Will it be a hitter like Holliday, Nomar, Cabrera or our old friend Giambi? Could it be a pitcher like rookies Brett Anderson or Trevor Cahill? Would love to hear your thoughts?

More On Field Action

The main attraction a moment ago was Matt Holliday, Ryan Sweeney, and the late addition of Jason Giambi sitting down to speak with Kuiper. Giambi mentioned his penchant for using the word “dude” and how that goes over much better in California than it does in New York.

Bobby Crosby and a handful of other players still signing autographs on the edges of the field. A very nice, warm day at the ballpark. Anyone thrilled to have a Friday night game to open the home season? Date night, right?

Middle Infield

Kupier discusses the 2009 season with Mark Ellis, Nomar Garciaparra, and Orlando Cabrera.

Garciaparra notes what an honor it is to wear an A’s uniform.

Cabrera, “We’re here to take (the division).”

By-the-way, the guys donned the black cap and black jersey for the event.

Interactivity

The As new in-game personality Kara Tsuboi engages fans in queue for autographs. Two high school students from Albany attend almost 40 games between them each season. Expect to see Kara in the stands often this season. Dont be shy, say hi.

Live Blog: Fan Appreciation Workout Day

Good morning! Gates are open. Fans are inside and still comign for the Fan Appreciation Workout Day, a free event to all A’s baseball fans. Glen Kuiper is currently on the field holding an interview with Bob Geren, and tomorrow’s starting battery Dallas Braden and Kurt Suzuki. Kuiper asked the guys about nerves as they pretain to Opening Night. These guys seem excited to get the season started.

If you’re in the Bay Area and want to attend today’s event, activities will continue until 3pm. Parking and admission are free. Take BART to the Coliseum stop or visit us at the Oakland Coliseum, 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland, 94621.

 

Let The Games Begin! (And a Free Event too.)

“Spring has sprung.” You’ll find that line used a lot this time of year. It’s catchy and cute, even though not very original. It is honest. Spring Training, at least the out-of-state variety, is complete. Right about now the A’s are taking the field for the first of three Bay Bridge Series games. The culmination of the series is in Oakland on Saturday. 1:05 start. But there’s also a special event on Sunday. Fan Appreciation Workout Day is this Sunday, April 6. Parking and admission are free to all fans. Here’s the skinny:

The A’s are pleased to announce a FREE “Fan Appreciation Workout Day“, presented by Sports Gallery, which will take place onSunday, April 5at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. Fan Appreciation Workout Day will give fans a chance to preview the complete A’s roster as the team holds its final workout before Opening Day 2009.Admission is FREE, parking is FREE. Parking gates open at 8 a.m. The event takes place 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For more information click here. Enjoy an afternoon at the ballpark, check out the team, arrive early for a chance to receive an autograph voucher. 1,600 randomly distributed autograph vouchers will be handed out upon entry at the gates until gone. Q & A, photo areas, and more will continue throughout the event.

We’ll see you at the ballpark this weekend!

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Photo, as usual, by Travis LoDolce. Can you guess who’s hands those are?