December 2009

Today is Early Bird Deadline Day

You ever look at a date on a calendar and think, “That’s so far away.”? Sometimes it feels like that day will never come. Then – BAM – that date has arrived and all of a sudden have to get your wife a birthday gift. Today might be one of those days. Friday, December 18 – today – is the Early Bird deadline day. We know, it came fast. But by renewing in full today you will receive 2 FREE Field Infield tickets ($70 value). Accounts renewing tickets of at least $1,500 will receive a deeply discounted 18 person luxury suite for only $200 ($1600 value). See complete details about Early Bird Benefits.  

If you’re not interested in Early Bird benefits, but still want to renew your tickets the A’s now offer an online Payment Plan. You can renew your plan in three installments. Pay one-third today and additional one-third payments of the total will be spread out over the next three months. To pay in full or participate in the payment plan, visit your My A’s Tickets account.

Our smiling Ticket Services crew is standing by on phones to help you with your renewal. Don’t leave you or your wife hanging.


 


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Contact A’s Ticket Services at (510) 568-5600 or tickets@oaklandathletics.com 

The Saltine Challenge

Ticket Services Representative Adam has been claiming for months that “The Saltine Challenge” is impossible. He spelled it out as seven crackers in one mouth at the same time. No water to help swallow. To begin Early Bird Deadline week Catherine sat snacking on some saltines. Travis had to take the challenge. Under the watchful eyes of the office, and fair officiating by Adam, Travis shoved seven stacked crackers into his month- Scooby Doo style- and proceeded to munch. “Like eating sawdust,” he wrote on a post-it note while unable to speak. In about 75 seconds he was in the clear. A high-five and an inflated sense of self worth later, Travis got back to work with a big bottle of water. Moti, visiting from Premium Seating down the hall, missed the challenge. “Let me know if you do it again,” said Moti. Travis isn’t so sure he’ll be trying that challenge again anytime soon.

 

*Note: A quick online search revealed that “The Saltine Challenge” is actually eating six of the crackers in 60 seconds without liquid. A bit different from the completed challenge. Says A’s Ticket Services, “Bring it on.”      

Special Caravan Event with Rajai & Brad

 

 


zagaris.davis.jpgIt was an unseasonably chilly early December evening when A’s Season Ticket Holders mingled with Rajai Davis, Brad Ziegler, and A’s Front Office Staff- including your Ticket Services Staff favorites- at Pyramid Alehouse in Walnut Creek. While it was cold outside, inside the attendees enjoyed dinner, a meet and greet with the players, autograph and photo opportunities, and a question & answer session MC’d by A’s broadcaster Ray Fosse. The Season Ticket Holders, all randomly selected, received party favors: new baseballs perfect for autographs, trading cards, and raffle tickets, where lucky winners received prizes such as game used bats, autographed baseballs, and an authentic Mark Ellis jersey. In the spirit of the season, each attendee brought one new unopened toy to the event as the A’s teamed with California Police Youth Charities in support of their annual toy drive.

 

 

 

Some of our favorite quotes from the Q&A session:

 

Rajai Davis on stealing bases:

“You know what’s fun is I look around at other teams and their catchers and I say, ‘okay I got you, I got you, I got you’.”

 

Brad Ziegler on switching to the submarine delivery:

“One of my minor league coaches actually suggested it to me. At first I was reluctant because I felt like going to a side arm delivery was sort of a last ditch effort for a struggling pitcher to stay competitive and at their best level. And I was pitching very well at the time. But once I started seeing the results I was getting I had to stick with it.”

 

Rajai on his mindset as a basestealer:

“It’s great to get on base and just have the confidence to know that I’m going to steal this bag and no matter what I’m not going to get out. A lot of times my coaches will give me the green light. Although sometimes I have a red light and occasionally happen to run that red light. As long as I don’t get caught, then everything is okay.”

 

Brad on making pitching adjustments:

“Making adjustments is something you have to do throughout your career from game to game and inning to inning. I even have to make adjustments during a single at bat. If I come inside to hitter and he turns on it foul, then I know if I come back inside I need to change something whether it be turning up the heat or changing the location.”

 

We particularly enjoyed one entertaining exchange between Ray Fosse and Brad Ziegler when talking about changing the pace of the game as a reliever:

Fosse: “A pitcher once told me you either want to throw faster or slower than what everyone else is throwing. And this guy (points to Brad) throws slower.”

(Audience laughs)

Ziegler: “Just to set the record straight, at a game in Anaheim this year I was clocked at 91MPH.”

(Audience applauds)

 

As the A’s staff, we enjoy opportunities to connect to our loyal fans on a more personal level at events such as these. And we should note, the players were amazing with everyone in attendance, showing full desire to be accommodating and involved. Interested in attending an event such as this in the future? As an A’s Season Ticket Holder today you never know when we may randomly select your account to partake in events such as these. We wish you a very happy and healthy Holiday season!

 

 


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