It had been 11 games since the A’s won at AT&T Park. It feels good to get that off our back! (By the way, the Giants haven’t won at the Coliseum since June of 2009). A’s fans would have wanted the sweep but Friday’s game slipped away just beyond an incredible comeback and Ryan Vogelsang was in top form on Saturday. We’ll look forward to extending the Giants’ losing streak at the Coliseum when they visit June 22-24. Tonight marks Albert Pujols’ first game at the Coliseum in a dreaded Angels’ uniform and the Yankees make their first visit this weekend. The A’s are playing good ball and need your support! For tickets this week, click HERE.
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After months and months of negotiation and preparation, the A’s are happy to announce a new, major benefit to owning season tickets: the Season Ticket Holder entrance! Our ticket office has worked hard to bring it to fruition, and couldn’t be more excited to offer it to our loyal Season Ticket Holders. Please visit the information page HERE to read more and check out this rendering of what the entrance may look like:
An interesting part of having an office at the Coliseum is seeing the many different ‘facelifts’ it receives throughout the year. From football field to monster truck park, soccer field, concert venue and of course it looks best as a baseball field. Right now our poor field is naked but the grounds crew is currently laying sod and getting it dressed for Opening Night: Friday, April 6th.
We got a sneak peek of one of the prime giveaways of the 2012 season: the Rollie Fingers bobblehead. Saturday, April 21st will be a memorable day not just because of the giveaway but because we’re honoring the 40th anniversary of the 1972 World Series Oakland A’s team. Mark your calendars for the April 21st game at 6:05PM vs. Cleveland and keep an eye out for more details on the reunion. In the meantime, enjoy these photos of the Rollie bobblehead!
With Opening Night almost two months away, our stadium crew is finishing up a couple touch-ups to our field before we get the season started. Here’s a list of changes:
- Rolling hills in foul territory on each side of the field; making it more difficult to catch those foul ball pop-ups.
- Giant dirt hills up the middle, making double plays virtually impossible.
- Leaving an unmanned tractor in left field, just to mix it up.
- Completely removing the center field wall, putting the big green wall in play. This means home runs to center field must fly 513 feet.
Just kidding! The Coliseum is hosting a supercross event soon. But wouldn’t it be fun to watch a baseball game on this field?
The A’s have certainly been busy this offseason; acquiring multiple teams’ top prospects from around the league. And with the re-signing of Coco Crisp in CF, the A’s hold onto a fantastic defender and speedy leadoff man (led the AL in steals last year). But what do the baseball experts think of the A’s offseason? Jim Bowden, former Reds’ and Nationals’ GM, writes his blog “The GM’s Office” for ESPN and ranked Billy Beane tops in the league for ‘GM’s who helped their teams long-term.’ Read Bowden’s analysis of the A’s offseason moves and long-term future here.
After a three-year hiatus, A’s FanFest is back! Mark your calendars for January 29th from 10AM-2PM. During the 2012 season we’re honoring the 1972 World Series team and the 20-win streak team from 2002. It’s an honor to have players from both of those teams along with a cast of current A’s players and coaches at FanFest. A’s fans of all ages will get a chance to interact with their favorite A’s from past and present. The event will be indoors at the Oracle Arena, right next to the Coliseum. Here are some other features this year:
- Free Autographs
- Free Q&A Sessions
- Free pictures with the four A’s World Series trophies
- Memorabilia sale to benefit the A’s Community Fund
- Free Parking
FanFest tickets are only $8 for adults and $5 for kids under 14. For more information or to purchase 2012 FanFest tickets, please click HERE. Current A’s Season Ticket Holders can request complimentary tickets by submitting their RSVP HERE. This also marks the first day of individual tickets going on sale at the A’s Box Office. Tickets will go on sale at 10AM. See you out here on January 29th!
Our Community Relations Department work tirelessly throughout the holiday season to promote holiday spirit and bring happiness to those in need. One way we’re helping this year is our “Angel Tree” in our reception office, benefiting a local single parent and children facility. Each staff member is invited to take an Angel from the tree (which includes the gift/wish of the parent/child). The entire front office is excited to come together, give back to a great cause and deliver a sleigh-sized bag of gifts to deserving families!
Second baseman and rookie standout Jemile Weeks was in town and was kind enough to stop by the front office! It was great having him around; he brought fun and excitement to what would have been a normal Thursday in December. He even stopped by the sales office and made a few calls to some current and prospective Season Ticket Holders! Check out the video HERE.
A work station is much like a human mind. It’s often full of tools for a craft, contains multiple ways to communicate internally and externally, and, if cluttered, can really slow the work process. A’s Ticket Services Representative John Austin has found fascination with the desk of fellow Rep, Andrew Bleaken. John regularly documents Andrew’s desk in the hilarious blog “What’s On Andrew’s Desk?,” where an intrigued reader can see an amazing assortment of wayward autographed baseballs, be reminded to download their own Drexel men’s basketball schedule, and learn how many mini cardboard boxes can fit on Andrew’s desk.
“When it was first shown to me I was really caught off guard,” says Bleaken, a 26-year-old Philadelphian now living in the east bay. Bleaken has an array of items, but new items simply seem to appear on his desk. Clearly this needed to be shared. So why did Austin start the blog? “To document… let’s see… I don’t know. It’s funny.”
Bleaken has a good spirit about the online project. “I feel a little honored that someone would take the time to document my items of flair.”
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