May 2011

Michael Jackson Themed Fireworks Playlist

We were asked on the @ticketservices Twitter feed for the playlist from the Saturday, May 28 Michael Jackson themed fireworks show. Our pleasure to supply.  

Wanna Be Startin’ Something

Billie Jean

The Way You Make Me Feel

Black or White 

Man in the Mirror

PYT (Pretty Young Thing)

Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough

Bad

This photo was taken from the third deck on a tripod. The photographer was dancing during the photo shoot.

Bell Biv DeVoe Tossing Ceremonial First Pitches on May 29

The Ticket Operations Department has a line drawn through it. People under 30-years-old and people 30-and-over. Those in the former aren’t familiar with Bell Biv DeVoe. Those in the latter are coming to work on their off day to see the first pitch. BBD, members of New Edition (also featuring Bobby Brown plus others), hit makers of such New Jack Swing hits “Poison” and “Gangsta,” are scheduled to throw out the ceremonial first pitches on Sunday, May 29 before the A’s host the Baltimore Orioles.   

Younger colleagues understood the fascination a little better when it was revealed that Michael “Biv” Bivins found and produced the chart-topping foursome Boys II Men. In the song “Motown Philly” Michael Bivins has two speaking interludes and all three BBD members appear in the video as part of the East Coast Family. “BBD” is even mentioned a few times in the song.

So now, our slightly younger friends, are you excited for Bell Biv DeVoe tossing the ceremonial first pitches on Sunday, May 29? The 30-and-over crowd couldn’t be more so. See you at the Coliseum about 12:45 p.m. on Sunday!

The Burger Shack Opens Tonight

The Burger Shack opens tonight at the Oakland Coliseum. The establishment is located on the first level concourse behind Section 132. A lunchtime sampling of the menu by ticket sales and services employees put nothing but smiles on people’s faces. Cheeseburgers, French Fries, and Texas Grilled Cheese sandwiches stuffed those smiling faces. The Burger Shack will be open at tonight’s game and throughout the season. Tell them Ticket Services sent you. That won’t get you anything special, but it’ll be fun to say regardless.    

Gates open at 5:35 p.m. tonight.

First pitch is 7:05 p.m. vs. the Burgermore Baltimore Orioles

Twitter Updates

While those of us in the Ticket Operations Department are most fond of the @ticketservices Twitter handle – your official Oakland A’s Twitter feed for ticket information – the A’s have a few other official Twitter feeds, most notably @Athletics and @OaklandAs. This week you may notice a gravitation toward @Athletics and away from @OaklandAs. We’ve done this for two main reasons. First, Major League Baseball created @Athletics as an RSS feed a couple years ago, providing news updates on the Oakland A’s. @OaklandAs was also created a couple years ago as a more personalized form of communication. Some news, some giveaways, mostly general communication with fans. The hash tag “Athletics” (ie: #Athletics) is far and away more popular than #OaklandAs (apostrophes just don’t work well with Twitter hash tags). The second reason for the switch was fan confusion. Both @Athletics and @OaklandAs were deemed the “official” Twitter handle of the Oakland A’s. But @Athletics got more publication recognition because it falls in line with the rest of club handles (ie: @Angels, @Mariners, @Rangers, etc). @DodgertownUSA is doing the same by switching to @Dodgers. For these reasons we decided to make the switch to just one all encompassing main handle: @Athletics. That’s not to say that @ticketservices is going anywhere. It’s the granddaddy of all A’s front office Twitter feeds, celebrating the third anniversary of its first tweet on June 25. So follow us on Twitter. And check out more Tweeters to follow, including many Oakland A’s players, at oaklandathletics.com/connect.

A’s Emails: New and Improved

Are you signed up to receive A’s emails? If you have been for a while you might have noticed some changes this season. And if you’re not signed up, get on board and check out what you’re missing.

In past seasons, the Monday email was titled Ticket Guide and the look was a little different. This season, the Ticket Weekly: Your Official Source for Athletics Tickets is more simple, contains less clutter, and is a handy tool for upcoming games, series, ticket offers, and special discounts.

The most notable changes to A’s email, however, is The Trumpet. Formally A’s Fastball, we renamed the bi-weekly email, sent shortly before each homestand, to something that was more relevant to the A’s. We went through many rounds of potential titles. Some were OK, some just awful. When “The Trumpet” was suggested it was easily the best choice without having any negative connotations (“The Trunk” comes to mind). Elephants “trumpet” when they speak and to trumpet something is to announce or call attention. Perfect. Our elephant logo and mascot tied in with the name of our newsletter was solidified. And in the process of the name change, we’ve also tried to make the text within The Trumpet less business, more jovial. The lead area is a short form editorial on what’s happening or coming soon. The blurbs about ticket offers or player appearances are often meant to be witty (but not always, we know). Check out a recent edition of The Trumpet on a webpage.

All fans can sign up for The Trumpet and other A’s emails at oaklandathletics.com. We’d love to bombard you with information!