A’s 6, Shelley 4

At 6’5″ and 235 pounds, Shelley Duncan is a towering figure. When he swings, he seems to swing right out of his shoes. This is what makes him what they call a true 3 outcome hitter. He will either strikeout, walk or homer with the homer being is the least frequent occurrence. However,  with the bases loaded, 2 out, and a 3-2 count in the 4th inning, my Dad said, “This could be ugly for the A’s“. On cue, Shelley hit a towering home run to left field giving the Indians a 4-0 lead. While the A’s had plenty of time to come back, it felt like too big a cushion.  I felt awful for the A’s starting pitcher, Tom Malone, who pitched a great game, but through one unfortunate pitch.

What always amazes me about baseball is how unlikely heroes emerge in games. Josh Donaldson, the A’s backup third baseman, came into the game hitting only .167 and was therefore likely headed back to the minors.

In this game, he proceeded to go 4 for 4 with his last hit breaking up a 4-4 tie in the 8th inning and leading the A’s to a 6-4 victory.

I was very happy for him and he seemed to also thrilled to be interviewed after the game. He signed balls and autographs for all of the fans who wanted one.  On that note, as soon as I arrived at my seat, none other than Covelli “Coco” Crisp signed my hat!

As for the Oakland Alameda Coliseum, it was quite disappointing compared to Anaheim or San Francisco. It is an old concrete stadium built in 1968

and is known as the Mausoleum because it draws so few fans, at times. During the 1970’s, attendence of only a couple thousand was common and during one game only had 500 fans. The entire upper deck is closed off with the exception of the one section directly behind the plate.

It also has more foul territory than every other stadium which loses some of the intensity from when the fans are on top of the players.  Despite theit small number, the A’s fans are very loud and really get into the music played over the PA. 

The A’s do have a mascot, an elephant named Stomper, but after waving to the crowd before the game, he was invisible the rest of the night.  It was pretty darn cold so maybe he was hibernating. Considering it was 107 degrees when we left Los Angeles, it was amazing how chilly it was in Oakland.

Well, now we are off to Seattle for the final game of our west coast journey. I wonder how many people at the Oakland game will be at the Seattle game tomorrow. I think it safe to say zero, besides us of course.

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