Yesterday, I went to the Oakland Coliseum to watch the Athletics host the Minnesota Twins and it ended up being one of the greatest ballpark experiences I've ever had.
My friend asked me if I was interested in going to this game a few weeks back, because they were giving away Hello Kitty bobbleheads.
Originally, I wasn't very interested. Then I heard that the Twins were playing, which meant that Kurt Suzuki was back in town. I was even more excited to hear that he was in their starting lineups.
After we stood in line for about twenty minutes, we grabbed our bobbles and headed to our seat in the bleachers. The Twins were taking their batting practice and one of them smashed the ball towards us. It fell a little short, but the guy standing next to me called out to Tommy Milone, who was shagging balls and asked him to throw it up to us.
He threw it right at me. Talk about being in the right place at the right time. The guy next to me wasn't amused, since he called for it... but I can't help it if Tommy threw it right at me.
Later on I found out that the guy has actually taken home forty-two batting practice balls this season. Thank goodness. I no longer have to feel guilty.
The best part of the evening was the game itself. But I'm pretty sure nobody wants to read a long recap, when you can watch the highlights on YouTube, I'll summarize it up in seventy words or less:
Great pitching duel. Billy Butler breaks scoreless tie with a home run in the 7th. Poor Defense + Another Bullpen Disaster = Twins take the lead in the 9th. The A's don't give up and tie it in the bottom half of the inning. The next inning, all-star Stephen Vogt drives in the winning run. Second walk-off win this season for the Athletics and the crowd goes wild.
The perfect ending to the perfect ballpark experience.
I hope all of you are enjoying your weekend as much as I am. Happy Sunday and sayonara!