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Posts tagged oakland

Happy birthday, Brian Fuentes!

Brian Fuentes pitches for the Oakland Athletics

Play Ball! ?!

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Pat Neshek of the Oakland A’s in 2012

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Major League Baseball appears to be happening in 2020 after all. The shortened season, due to the coronavirus pandemic, will result in a maximum 60-game format. The A’s will report to Oakland for a summer version of Spring Training that is expected to take place at the Oakland Coliseum beginning on July 1. Opening Day will likely be on July 23 or 24. The A’s schedule will be limited solely to teams in the AL West (Angels, Astros, Mariners, and Rangers) and National League West (D-backs, Dodgers, Giants, Padres, and Rockies) for the regular season. The expectation is that the A’s will play 40 games against divisional opponents and 20 games against NL West teams. All games will feature a designated hitter, as MLB is instituting a universal DH as part of the health and safety protocols being put in place for the 2020 season. I’m pretty sure fans will not be allowed at any of the games, even in a socially-distanced fashion.

Happy birthday, Bill Kelliher!

Mastodon's Bill Kelliher

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See you in less than three months at Copenhell (Covid-19 willing).

Happy birthday, Pat Neshek!

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Pat Neshek of the Oakland A’s back in 2012

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One of the few people on earth with a better baseball card collection than mine, but only because I’ve been on hiatus since the 1980s. 😉 Pat also has a bit easier time seeking autographs these days than I do.

Old stomping grounds

Aerial view of Oakland

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Today’s photo comes from 2017, when we were on our way to Hawaii via San Francisco. However, it’s a photo of territory I frequented far more often in my earlier years.

You can see the Oakland Coliseum, my home away from home during my first 19 years of life, in the very center of this photograph. The “island” in front of Oakland (now actually attached to Oakland, yet part of Alameda, thanks to landfill) is Bay Farm Island, and the San Leandro Bay is the water between the two. We used to drive up Doolittle Drive on Christmas Eve every year to eat at Alameda’s Acapulco restaurant. I also rode my bike up Doolittle to the stadium sometimes. My house was a few miles to the right of this photo.

You can also see some of the runways for the Oakland Airport in this photo. Fun fact: the Oakland Airport was the first airport in the continental U.S. to offer flights to Hawaii. My first flight to Hawaii was from Oakland, but my flight on this day was out of SFO.

Voivod added to 2019 Brutal Assault Festival lineup

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Voivod’s Snake @ Oakland Metro (February 2015)

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11 bands were just announced as additions to the 2019 Brutal Assault Festival. The one I’m most excited about is Voivod, one of my favorite bands for over 30 years and counting.

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