Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Red Sox v A's at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum ~ It's as bad as people say it is
I stopped in the ladies room. That was a necessity, but a mistake. I've seen restrooms at rest stop and train stations that are cleaner and more modern.
As the night grew chillier and the lights came on, I began to feel some "charm" for the venue. Unlike Red Sox manager, Terry Francona, my night at the park didn't end early. Francona was tossed after arguing with the home plate umpire in the top of the 4th. Actually, around the time Francona left, I felt like leaving the park, but I stuck it out until the top of the 8th. **** I'm not one for leaving games early, but I'd seen enough and wanted to get out of there.
I left with the A's in the lead and a score of 1-0. I am not familiar with the A's, but I was impressed with the pitching of Brett Anderson. He ended up pitching a shutout for 8 innings. I also didn't know that Hideki Matsui is an A, until last night. In the bottom of the 1st inning, I saw Coco Crisp score. As I mentioned, I left at the top of the 8th. As a result of that poor decision, I missed the 4 runs that the A's scored in the bottom of the 8th. C'est la vie.
I still need to download the pictures I took of the venue and at the game, but my computer can't pull them off my camera right now. The irony...
If this venue was an amusement park it'd be called "NO FLAGS". On a 5 star-rating system, it gets 0 stars.
Today I've been telling people that knew I went to the game last night about my adventure. They're laughing and telling me, "Told you." Literally. That's what they're saying. Honestly, most of the fond memories these locals have of that venue have to do with the tailgating in the parking lot or some story they remember from the 1980s. Needless to say, unless you have a time machine and/or you're a baseball fanatic, pay the $17 and hang out in the parking lot.