Red Sox at A’s

April 17, 2009

Monday was cold and not so nice, but the weather was supposed to improve during the week. I opened the Chronicle and there was a full-page ad for A’s vs. Red Soxonly time the Sox will be in Oakland this year. Hmmm. My calendar says I’ve got nothing scheduled this week, before the onslaught of SF International Film Festival and AIA Convention. Wednesday afternoon would be perfect.

I went to the A’s website and found a seat in the second deck, dead behind home plate in section 217, row 7, seat 5. A couple of clicks and I’m there.

sweet seat in the sun
sweet seat in the sun

I was hoping to see Dice-K but he pitched last night and got knocked out in the first inning of a game played in cold, windy, drizzly weather that consumed over 4 hours in its 12 innings. A’s prevailed 7-5 to threaten a sweep of the three game series.

I left home at 10:30, took the 45 bus to Market Street, descended to BART and was on my way. From the Coliseum-Arena stop, a bridge crosses railroad tracks directly to the stadium. Couldn’t be easier. On the way to my seat I picked up two “Dollar Dogs” – hot dogs for a dollar! — and a Bud and was in my seat at 11:50 for the 12:35 start.

Wakefield on the hill
Wakefield on the hill

Tim Wakefield toed the slab for the Sox – a good second choice – like I had a choice. This was a new day, pretty much perfect baseball weather, sunny and about 60° with little wind where I sat, but enough on the field to cause Wakefield’s knuckler to dip and swoop.

I sat next to a chatty geezer (probably my age) sporting A’s regalia. I kinda like chatting up guys around me when I’m alone at a ball game, but when he started telling stories about a woman usher at Fenway, who he later met at Candlestick – before he was married – that was a little much.

butts in seats
butts in seats

There was a good crowd; I’d say all available seats had butts in ‘em. It was Jackie Robinson Day and all players wore number 42 with no names on their shirts, although the Red Sox have the only black player of the combined squads.

Wakefield took a no-hit perfect game into the seventh when Kurt Suzuki hit a shot to Mike Lowell at third and he flat dropped it. End of perfect game, but the no-hitter continued on into the 8th.

Big Papi shift
Big Papi shift

In the Sox half of the 8th after 2 outs, Big Papi doubled, lifting his average from .154 to .182. Bob Geren the A’s manager chose to intentionally walk Kevin Youkilis and face J.D. Drew, who had thrice struck out. Drew promptly homered to center. Then it was walk, change pitchers, single, single, walk, and single for six runs before Justin Pedroia struck out to end the big inning. Together with Lowell’s 2 run homer in the third, the Sox had a commanding 8-0 lead to go with Wakefield’s no-no. Things were sweet for us Sox fans, and there were lots of us. I was mentally composing an email to Brian and Eric.

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Wakefield walked Mark Ellis and induced Travis Buck to fly out to center. Then Suzuki hit a clean single to left… end of no-no, but Wakefield still had a chance for a complete game shutout. He struck out Bobby Crosby bringing up rookie Landon Powell, the back-up catcher playing first today and hitting in the ninth slot. Well, he singled to center, ending the shutout.

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The A’s got another run in the ninth to make the final score 8-2 and Tim Wakefield “only” got a complete game win out of it.

The game ended at 2:49, 2 hours and 14 minutes… quick.

bridge to BART
bridge to BART

Getting home was just as easy as getting to the game… but slower. I followed a li’l Sox fan across the bridge to BART.

li'l Sox fan
li'l Sox fan

I was home at 4:15. Good day.

game gear
game gear

2 thoughts on “Red Sox at A’s

  1. Outstanding “chronicle” of your day. Thanks! I have been too busy to go to see the Braves yet this year…so my fever is still high.

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