The A’s collected the first regular season win of 2010 last night. A 10 inning walk-off single by Mark Ellis lifted the A’s to victory behind a 7 inning, 10 strikeout no decision performance by starting pitcher (and Stockton’s own) Dallas Braden. At 1-1 on the season the A’s are poised to strike at the AL West Division leading Texas Rangers (1-0). OK, yeah, we know it’s early. We also know Season Ticket Holders love to see wins. While the team on the field looks good, so does the team in the Ticket Services Office. You’ll see some new faces in the office should you visit us on game day. Some familiar faces too. Every face with a smile and desire to help you.
While we enjoy the face-to-face interaction, we realize you’re at the ballpark to see the baseball game. We want to remind you of the ticket policies and services we have in place to make being an A’s Season Ticket Holder more advantageous than ever.
Have a question about when/where/how to exchange one of your Season Tickets for another game? The 2010 Season Ticket Holder Policies will provide an answer.
Speaking of exchanging tickets, by now you’ve heard that we are the first Major League Baseball team to offer exchange and credit return of you Season Tickets online. Visit the Ticket Exchange form, but only use if you actually want to exchange or return tickets. Trust us, it works.
The always faithful My A’s Tickets allows Season Ticket Holders to transfer tickets to a friend or tolerable in-law.
Yep, you can purchase Discount Parking Passes throughout the season. Save your money on most Tuesdays though. Remember, it’s Free Parking Tuesdays in 2010.
In addition to the Ticket Services Office we are still available by phone at (510) 568-5600 and email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We don’t intend to automate a good handshake.
Hard to believe the Spring Training season has just one week remaining. Over the past few weeks the A’s have played some great baseball, upping the ante in the American League West. Since we’re mostly focused off the field perhaps you’d take a stroll with us around Phoenix Muni and even on a road game?
Triplets Sela, Ari, and Alex, better known to fans as TripleFire!, jam outside the main entrance to Phoenix Muni as guests enter. You can see them play again this Friday, March 27 around 6pm as the A’s host the Padres at Muni for a rare 7:05pm night game.
Inside the ballpark a couple of the newest A’s take batting practice. Nomar Garciaparra and Orlando Cabrera fist bump when they exchange spots in the cage.
Chicago Cubs Hall of Fame pitcher Ferguson Jenkins visits with Los Angeles Dodgers Manager Joe Torre in the visiting dugout prior to the game. Jenkins later signs autographs on the concourse for donations to his charitable fund. Joe Torre signs copies of his new book for Jenkins’ fund.
Glen, A’s fan of the game, tosses the ceremonial first pitch. Steee-rike!
Visiting the A’s on a road game, we watch Mark Ellis take a pitch inside for a ball at the Indians’ ballpark in Goodyear.
In the seats we spark up the conversation with friendly A’s fans. Sue and Tom from the Bay Area share some of their experiences at Spring Training.
Tom tell us, “Our trip to see the A’s in Arizona is our first robin of the spring — we try never to miss it. We love the associations and friendships we’re building — and the instant camaraderie a team jersey supplies with friend and baseball foe. We stopped at a restaurant in Palm Springs and immediately struck up a conversation with some young guys in Dodger Blue — the common language of baseball made the introductions automatic and the friendly exchange irresistible. Or the Rockies fan at the motel who came over to tell us what a steal we got in Matt Holliday. We also enjoy the head start we get on seeing the team’s prospects — “the young talent” as Sue says – because the stats alone just can’t substitute for seeing them ‘live.'” Thanks Tom and Sue! We’ll see you in Oakland.
And speaking of die-hard fans. Who should we find in left field? The Oakland Left Field Bleacher Crew. With flags and all. Thanks for A’s love folks.
See you back in Oakland before we all know it. First game at the Coliseum is Saturday, April 4 @ 1:05pm. The Giants visit for the annual Bay Bridge Series.
The home opener is a Friday night game! Pretty sweet, no? The Mariners come to town on Friday, April 10. Game time at 7:05pm.
Finally, this will eventually be a separate blog entry, the A’s host a free event on Sunday, April 5 from 11am to 3pm. Fan Appreciation Workout Day features the full A’s 25-man roster before the team departs to Anaheim to start the season. Parking and entry are complimentary to all fans. A great way to jump into the A’s baseball season.
One of our favorite topics of discussion with Season Ticket Holders relates to the season ticket stock. Ticket plans paid in full by the February deadline received commemorative ticket stock in bound booklets. A’s Season Ticket Holders will notice that, for the first time, each game is unique by game date helping to commemorate 40 years of Oakland Athletics baseball in the Bay Area. A full-season ticket book has 80 unique tickets.
Savvy Season Ticket Holders may also notice that some of the photos are not random. For example:
- Players are featured on their bobblehead giveaway dates. Most recently Dick Williams on July 27.
- Our replica jersey promotional dates coincide with the player featured on the ticket. For example, Vida Blue is featured June 22 and Dave Stewart is featured on July 13.
- Player birthdays are also celebrated: Frank Thomas on May 27.
An interesting tidbit about Mark Ellis: He was featured on our May 7 ticket vs. Baltimore. Mark hit his first career walk-off home run in the 10th inning, winning the game for Oakland 6-5 and preserving a three game sweep of the Orioles. Are we clairvoyant in the A’s Ticket Services Office? Short answer: Yes.
Some of our office favorite tickets this season…
Josh most enjoys the May 24 ticket. A huge Stew fan growing up in Ohio, Josh wound up working for his favorite team.
Adam likes the jubilation on catcher Ray Fosse’s face on June 28. Now an A’s broadcaster, we enjoy Ray for more than just his athletic prowess.
Catherine and Travis think the July 26 ticket with MC Hammer and Rickey Henderson is most amusing. Travis lobbied for the photo to be used on the ticket stock for the historical uniqueness and Travis’ penchant for wearing “Hammer pants.”
David is happy to celebrate Vida Blue’s 1970 no hitter to the day on the September 21 ticket. It is also the final home game of the regular season and a fond farewell.