Part of the problem is that I'll be focusing on something, then I'll see something else and it'll trigger a memory. Within a few minutes, a variety of things are bouncing around inside of my head... except for the original thing I was thinking about.
It's a good thing teachers use lesson plans. Without them... I'd probably end up teaching something different to each of my five periods.
The same thing applies to the blog. A few weeks ago, I attended my first Oakland A's game of the season and had planned on recapping my experience on here. Unfortunately... I got side tracked and the thought never crossed my mind until this afternoon when I opened up a package from Night Owl and saw this card:
It immediately reminded me of the Oakland A's Hall of Fame mascot race that took place at the game...
Which by the way... happened to be won by the Rickey Henderson mascot. Normally you'd have a one out of three shot of picking the winner. However on this particular day, it happened to be the 25th anniversary of Rickey breaking Lou Brock's record... so the majority of the crowd predicted #24 would come from behind and win the race.
Unfortunately... the Athletics didn't win the game. They lost 2-1 after allowing only two hits to the Houston Astros. One of those happened to be a leadoff home run by Jose Altuve. The A's did manage to put together a small rally in the bottom of the 7th when they cut the lead in half, but left runners stranded on the corners to end the inning.
The A's really could have used Danny Valencia's bat that day. At the time he was right in the middle of his stint on the DL. He has since returned to the lineup and given the Athletics a nice boost to their offense.
Regardless of the loss... my cousin and I had a great time. She really came through with some nice seats. In fact it was the first time in years that I've sat behind home plate, which turned out to be a blessing because it was pretty hot that day and we pretty much spent the entire game in the shade.
Ever since I was a little kid, I've been more of a bleachers kind of guy. I grew up watching guys like #21 and #42 out in centerfield:
It basically comes down to money. I'd rather spend $20 on a bleacher seat and have $30 to spend on nachos, sausages, pretzels, and sodas... than spend $50 with a better view of the field. If you know me well enough, you'd know that I'm still going to drop $30 on beverages and food.
While we're on the topic of money... you won't believe how much we spent on parking that day. Forty dollars! Yup. Forty flippin' dollars.
Some genius thought it was a good idea to have the A's and Golden State Warriors play simultaneously next door to each other. I'm pretty sure that's the most I've ever spent on parking at a sporting event.
Steve... here are the socks!
Anyways... I better wrap up this post before I get sidetracked anymore and start talking about the accident we saw on the freeway on the drive up or the cool socks they handed out to fans at the game.
Thanks Greg for sending me the awesome Dennis Eckersley card and all of the other cards featured in this post. I'll get some more Dodgers together for you in the near future... assuming I don't get distracted by shiny objects or loud noises.
Happy Friday and sayonara!