I volunteered to help run a curling clinic this afternoon, and because I was on that side of the Bay anyway, when it was over I headed over to O.co Coliseum (possibly the most terrible stadium name ever) to catch the second home game of the Oakland A’s season… because in Oakland, the seats are always cheap and plentiful. (Today: $10 from a scalper for tickets that are $16 face.)
And why are A’s tickets so cheap? Well, because they tend to trade away players once they start to get expensive (see awesome jersey for Player To Be Named Later I spotted while leaving the game) and because the team’s not that good. Which they mostly proved by going down 7-0 after the top of the 4th inning.
But then, a funny thing happened… those scrappy little Moneyball players started to crawl their way back. First with a manufactured sac fly run in the bottom of the 4th and then a solo shot from Jemile Weeks in the bottom of the 5th. (Weeks is really fun to watch by the way… some big pocketed team will probably snatch him up in a few years, sadly.) Then they scored two in the 6th off a Kurt Suzuki double that nearly cleared the wall in left and got every one cheering, but they were still down 8-4. In the 7th Yoenis Cespedes launched a three run bomb to deep center to bring the A’s within one and the crowd — all half-dozen or so that were left — went nuts. I briefly thought about how amazing it would be if the A’s could actually come back and win…
… but they didn’t. Of course they didn’t. The only remaining highlight after the Cespedes homerun was the bunch of balloons that first floated out of the stadium at the end of the 7th and then apparently lost buoyancy as they came back into view in the 9th. They floated around awhile, nearly landing in center field prompting an usher to run out and jump in the air manically trying to grab them. Eventually they floated over to the left field seats where another usher retrieved them. And so ended the balloon drama… and more or less the game.