Free admission to an A’s game next season could reveal an ugly truth

When the A’s announced today that their April 17 home game against the White Sox will have free admission, it sounded like a cool idea but also popped this question in my mind: Would the stadium even be filled for this game?

Columnist Ray Ratto (link above in tweet) shared those exact thoughts.

The idea of a free game is great as it really allows all those people who may never have considered going to a game an incentive to go to a game without the cost of paying for a ticket. I don’t know how the logistics are for parking or concessions, but I will assume that prices for those will remain.

But still, a free game is a pretty nifty novelty. And it would leave people to believe that the stadium will be full for the game since the cost of entry is free. However, it could reveal that the fans or the city don’t have enough people to show up to a free game.

This could be troubling for an organization that desires to build a new stadium in the city. Also, it will lead to many different speculations as to why the stadium isn’t filled — especially for a season that is only a few weeks old.

Do people not care enough? Is the team unappealing? Is the stadium too old?

There are a lot of factors. This might be the A’s trying to find out those answers by doing this promotion.

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Indians, please don’t take away my Athletics’ 20-game win streak record

Scott Hatteberg celebrates his walk-off homer which gave the A’s their 20th consecutive win on 9/4/02.

My friend texted me the other day and asked me how I felt about the Cleveland Indians challenging the Oakland Athletics’ American League record of 20 straight wins set back in 2002.

It was a scenario I was very well aware of anytime a team reaches double digits in a winning streak. Many teams since 2002 have reached that plateau but no team has come close to eclipsing the record set by my favorite team. Until the Indians.

On Monday night, the Indians dominated the toothless Detroit Tigers 11-0 to win their 19th game in a row. One more today and they tie the A’s for the American League record.

The Indians are my favorite to win the World Series this year. I have a soft spot for the team and since high school, I adopted them as my second favorite baseball team. My friend also wants to see them win it all this year. And that’s what I hope is the end result for the team this year.

But please, Indians, don’t win 20 games in a row.

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A’s wearing old road cap for first time since 2013

This was beautiful to see.

I understand why the A’s switched their road caps but with the gray tops, this previous cap just works so well. The simplicity of the two colors works. I wish they would bring it back. It is one of my favorite caps in the team’s history.

Cubs give Steve Bartman a World Series ring and I don’t get it

Do I need to be a Cubs fan to understand this?

The Cubs today announced they have given Steve Bartman a World Series ring. Bartman as you know was a goat for the team’s 2003 World Series dreams being dashed with his attempt to catch a foul ball. It’s a shame what happened to him in the years since.

Here is the release from the team:

“On behalf of the entire Chicago Cubs organization, we are honored to present a 2016 World Series Championship Ring to Mr. Steve Bartman. We hope this provides closure on an unfortunate chapter of the story that has perpetuated throughout our quest to win a long-awaited World Series. While no gesture can fully lift the public burden he has endured for more than a decade, we felt it was important Steve knows he has been and continues to be fully embraced by this organization. After all he has sacrificed, we are proud to recognize Steve Bartman with this gift today.”

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Being an A’s fan is tough

I know how this goes. The A’s trade away players because they can’t keep them for financial reasons. It’s a cycle that continues over and over. It hurts seeing fan favorites go. But also it’s so commonplace that it is just normal.

The only way the A’s can win is if they get more money or they catch lightning in a bottle. Sean Doolittle was part of that bottled lightning from 2012-14 where the A’s were serious contenders for the championship. But that time has come and gone and now keeping any player with any trade value would be foolish.

And once again we have to see what’s next for the A’s. Will this new core catch lightning in a bottle again or will this be another lost season?

Zack Hample’s beef with Clayton Kershaw is stupid because of his faulty logic

Notorious ballhawk Zack Hample, who is known as a major baseball collector, was unhappy yesterday. Forget the fact that he has collected thousands of baseballs, known to have shoved children to get a ball and going to games he wasn’t allowed to attend, this was something that made me laugh.

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Homer Simpson goes into the Baseball Hall of Fame and humorless people are upset

Homer with some of his former teammates: Steve Sax, Wade Boggs and Ozzie Smith. (Photo: Milo Stewart, Jr.)

Today, Homer Simpson was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

As a tribute to the infamous softball episode in which Homer and his team of MLB ringers defeated Shelbyville’s power plant, the Hall of Fame decided to bestow this induction honor to the legendary television dad. The episiode (“Homer at the Bat”) is considered to be one of the episodes in history. In fact, I consider it their best episode ever.

This “induction” is all about fun. It’s not a serious move but a way to have some humor and honor a television icon and the 25th anniversary of the episode.

But there are some people who don’t understand humor. Take a look at some comments regarding the induction from this post.

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