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.
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.
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.
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?
This is a big deal. The upper deck tarps, which have been an eyesore for so long, are finally coming off. Half of the proceeds of the $15 tickets will benefit a local charity as well. CLICK HERE FOR THE VIDEO ANNOUNCEMENT.
As the A’s are working toward embracing their Oakland roots, this is another step for the fans. It already will be tough getting fans to the games and this will make the stadium look even more empty at times. But also this is the right step in terms of mending the relationship between the team and the city. The fans should love this and I think this is a good thing. Let’s see how it unfolds.
Does this mean that the A’s are going to get better with Lew Wolff selling his property rights? I don’t know. It’s a good idea but maybe it does change up how money is spent on the team.
I don’t know what exactly will change for the team. Obviously the biggest thing for the team is the product on the field and the team’s future home park. Let’s see where this goes.
I am going to miss Coco Crisp. He was one of the rare modern Oakland A’s players that stuck around for over five years. He was the rare kind that embodied the city and was beloved by fans. He wasn’t great all the time and he had his flaws, but he was so essential to so many great moments during his time with the team. Even though the A’s didn’t win a championship during that time, he brought some great moments for Oakland.
I had interviewed him on the phone in January 2010 and he was a great guy to talk to. Here is part of the interview. Continue reading