Big-e was in the House last night ya’ll along with a whopping 11,438 other die-hards to welcome home the Oakland A’s.
The 2011 Athletics returned to the other city by the bay Tuesday, June 14th. There’s no place like their multi-purposed home field corporately dubbed Overstock.com Coliseum. While they were out getting run-over on the road the A’s received a face-lift as well as the outfield lawn trampled under foot from a U2 Concert. Excitement was in the air tonight and you could cut it with a knife. This was the first home game for the new skipper “Bo-Mel” Bob Melvin, replacing the lack-luster manager/scape-goat Bob Geren; who’da-thunk-it- Billy Boy Wonder suddenly fired his best man mid-season.
The BOB is Dead, Long Live the BOB!
The once lack-luster visiting club from Kansas City came to town and surely the Royal Punching Bag of old would have been just the thing the A’s needed to burrow-out of a ditch they’ve dug skidding on a 1 win – 11 loss June-Gloom-Doom. After being swept out of town by the Yankees, the A’s returned to their homely-home from a 1-9 losing road trip and yet the “O” was almost one-third full! There’s got to be something bigger happening here than just a game. If you were there too, you would have seen what all the buzz was. Revolutionary Fan-Fare proudly hung out to dry like laundry on a close line, (proley not seen on TV) defiant decorative demonstrations of, love?. Some of my favorites slogans include “don’t take our A’s away” & “Fisher-Slumlord Billionaire” It was hard to deny the passion expressed on the banners in right field…unless you weren’t there and chances are you were not. hmmmm, now that puts the diss in dysfunctional! I just can’t figure out what all the fuss is about…anyone that’s ever trekked through the Fairmont Plaza at Christmas in the Park knows The Wolf means business. Even if English isn’t your first language you can clearly read the writing on the wall…well, it might as well be-
As soon as I made it down from the West Side Club to my MVP box seat at the top of the 1st inning, I found it hard to focus on the game. There was a surreal effect from the sodium lights reflecting off the sea-air molecules contrasted by shadows covering the field. I was either hypnotized from Trevor’s psychedelic warm up song or had a contact high from my mouth breathing neighbors. Sitting in yet another sparse hammered crowd the game rolled in to the 3rd & 4th inning and I began squinting at the sight of my beloved A’s once stellar defense flounder, wincing with our Ace struggling on every pitch, having absolutely no confidence that poor Derrick Barton can put the ball in play ever again…the full moon rising over the C lot seemed to be the only spectacle worth the price of admission, until…
Godzilla lines one on a rope to Matsui-Land, then later Jamile Weeks puts a charge on the ball deep in the gap, flying around the bases-diving in for his third triple since being called up only a hand full of days ago…WOW-even Breslow came in and starting dealing!
Schwing!-the A’s are fighting back, but I too began to find myself fighting back negative thoughts of the Money-Ball-Wizard sitting somewhere behind the diamond seat curtain winding tape back and forth, freezing replays of Cahill-Sweeny-Weeks, spinning scenarios of yet another multi-team trade with young phenoms for aging veterans as a stop gap measure to salvage one more hopeless season…trying to pull out of this patterned spiral of anxiety, pep-talkin’ to myself; ” big_e -gotta stay positive buoy”…
… then waves of cold reality started crashing in…first I blow the call on which cap the dibs are under (it’s never under the same cap that it starts at, right?)…then BOOM-ump#83 blows an obvious tag out call at third…and now I’m cranking up the volume on the play-by-play in an attempt to drown-out the steaming mad belligerents’ firing off f-bomb chants over what proved to be the unrecoverable pivotal point in the game…the volume is already up as loud as it goes!!!-
…just then the battery on my FM dies and an eerie hush envelopes my senses like I’m in the Twilight Zone……..,
…. I glanced out to the virtually empty outfield bleachers and wondered if Sweet-Lew Wolf is going to see those make-shift hate signs when he shows up with his grand-kids to sit in his on-camera home plate seats…my heart sank as the thought creeped into my mind;
“they’re going to sit Weeks when Ellie comes of the DL…oh-no, they may even send the one spark of hope I’ve seen tonight back down to sac-town to make room for the same-old-fail-mold”
WELL-Today is a new day…got to look on the bright side and trust in the frat-brother-powers that be…Thank the Lord for 95.7 home of the * A’s *, San Jose Sharks and Dexter Posey :^) I’m thankful to be able to tune in to this oasis of quasi-positive media coverage for the long time step-children of the soon to be South Bay-A’s.
While I was listening in to my fellow-fanatic pawns of pain sound off with hypothetical postulation about the viability of a new ballpark in San Jose vs. Oakland – I composed this little expose for San Jose in an effort to build hope and endurance for my next arduous traffic jam up the 880:
>free parking Tuesday promo-($40/gas commute from San Jose),
>face value for two front row stub-hub MVP seats $110.00,
>no waiting for a table at the glass in the West Side Club-$58,…
>walking two blocks down San Carlos Ave. to Cisco Filed 75+ times a season-PRICELESS!