Another Opening Day, another tough loss for the Oakland Athletics

Pennington did OK on defense, but was close to a homer in extra innings.

I can’t believe that I woke up from a three-hour sleep to catch the A’s-Mariners game. After all, it was Opening Day and the A’s are my love. But I knew that even though I had a lagging online stream, I could listen to the radio. I wouldn’t do this kind of stuff for any other team.

But here I am sitting in my kitchen listening to this game. The A’s were exactly what I thought they would be today. They would keep it close with a great pitching performance and the offense did produce. But it was the missed opportunities that cost them.

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Oakland Athletics in Japan – March 24: See the Sights

This makes me really jealous. Even though it sucks that the A’s aren’t here to start the season, this is still kind of cool and I wish I was a part of it.

Athletics in Japan: Opening Series 2012

As the team holds an afternoon workout at the Tokyo Dome, many A’s front office and family members head outside Tokyo for a day trip to the south-eastern area of Hakone.

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A ropeway travels up a mountain to get a better view.

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The Cotroneos pose for a photo at the top of the mountain. The fog behind them is actually steam, a result of volcanic activity.

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While waiting for the trek down the mountain, you can play Whack-An-Alligator, similar to Whack-A-Mole.

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Down the mountain, people fish in the large lake.

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Lunchtime! Squid, fish, or corn are available options at this grill stand.

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A closer look at the meal options.

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Amanda McCarthy decides to make a purchase…

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…and offers 95.7 FM The Game’s Chris Townsend a bite.

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The A’s board a boat and Townsend poses with the pirate captain.

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Lakeside sights are seen, including this gateway.

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The “captain” looks on as…

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