Oakland Athletics: O.Co Coliseum
May 11th, 2015. A’s lose to the Red Sox in extras.
After seeing one of most highly regarded ballparks in all of baseball the day before we set out from San Francisco to Oakland. Oakland’s O.Co Coliseum is quite the contrast from the geographical rival San Francisco’s AT&T Park. There is nothing pretty about this ballpark, from the outside it is just a giant concrete wall and on the inside the stadium ballpark serving as a football stadium is someone how both obvious and jarring. We didn’t check out the area around the park and we didn’t really want to. Getting to the stadium from San Fran is quite easy, just get on the BART train, the stadium has it’s own station stop. We when arrived at the stadium stop, there is a pedestrian bridge that takes you over some train tacks. Along the entire bridge is a high fence with barbed wire. It certainly doesn’t help paint a good picture of the surrounding area as a fun place.
In a twist of fate the athletics were playing the Red Sox, the same matchup when we saw a game in Boston the previous season. One thing that was obvious while waiting for the gates to open is that Boston fans are everywhere, roughly half the crowd were Red Sox fans. When we entered the stadium we took a walk around looking for a shot glass. Not sure if I mentioned this previously but we get a shot glass at every ballpark. To our complete shock Oakland did not have any shot glasses in there store. Apparently the shipment for the season hadn’t come in yet(Season started a month ago), the other thing we heard is that the truck delivering had been robbed. So we had to settle for a bottle opener key chain.
It was a little strange seeing a football stadium being used for baseball or a baseball stadium being used for football. There is a huge foul area because of this, which for me I don’t mind if ballparks have little quirks that affect gameplay as long as they don’t ruin a game, such as the low catwalk in Tampa. The ballpark also doesn’t have one big main scoreboard but two smaller identical scoreboards on opposite sides of the park. From where we were sitting the stadium is actually pretty symmetrical which usually the asymmetrical aspect is what makes baseball stadiums more unique from the other top 4 sports. There is a huge upper deck section of seats that were tarped off, I guess those are probably used for the football games. It did remind me of the Rogers Centre in Toronto which with the exception of the dome looks very similar to O.CO Coliseum. The other thing that reminded me of Toronto was seeing good ole Brett “The Rally Killer” Lawrie play. This was of course the season that we(Blue Jays) got Donaldson for Lawrie and Donaldson ended up getting the MVP award. Great trade.
We had some decent seats sitting well behind home plate. Now last season we almost got a foul ball in Detroit, during this game in Oakland we managed to get even closer but somehow still came up with nothing. The guy sitting directly in front of us took a ball directly to his face. While he and the girl was trying stop his face from bleeding some guy a few rows over found the ball rolling around the floor. Still feel bad for the guy. Now I’m writing this blog in the year 2018 so everything has been based on memory. I cannot remember anything of note in the game or anything of note for what the park has to offer for food. Which leads me to believe the beer is probably decently priced. Also I have a Oakland Athletics Pint cup in my kitchen right now so the beers were probably the highlight that day. The Athletics lost in extra innings so at the very least it was a close game.
That completes our second game in two days. The next day we are renting a car and driving to LA to see a game at Dodgers Stadium.
Completed Stadiums: 8 of 30
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