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Dennis and Neil

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A week or two ago I attended a couple of A's games. Our opponent for the series was Cleveland. I live up in Humboldt County and don't get to go to the Coliseum often, so I was excited when everyone had time in their schedule to make the trip.

On the first night everything went wrong. We showed up late, missed the Cespedes bobble heads, and had to park a half mile away due to the circus at Oracle. Once we got there, the game ended up being bad anyway. It was not without excitement however, there was a fight involving Indians and A's fans, and one decided to tussle with Johnny Law and was immediately roughed up. In addition to this, someone left their BBQ too close to their car in the parking lot and a plume of black smoke rose over the Coliseum. 5-6 cars burned. But all was not lost! I met a really great A's fan who was attending with his girlfriend. His name was Neil and hers was Brooke. Upon hearing of our troubles, they offered us one of their Cespedes bobble heads, of which my sister dearly wanted. In return I sent them a 2007 A's poker set. Neil, Brooke, I hope you're AN'ers.

On the Sunday game we chose bleacher seats. What an excellent decision. We found a nice sunny spot in left field. Sitting behind us was a blind gentlemen named Dennis. He had no reason to be there other than rooting against the A's. Dennis is an L.A. guy. He made it very clear by calling Callaspo a "traitor" when at bat, and wouldn't shut up about the dodgers and rams. But he was a guy out there with his radio who just loved sports. Ushers brought him water and he seemed like a fixture. He was opposed by a shirtless, beer bellied tan guy with aviator sun glasses named Dan. Dan and Dennis went at it all day in a playful and hilarious manner. When Dennis would Chant "Lets Go Cleveland!" Clap clap clapclapclap. Dan would Reply "Shut up Dennis!!" Clap Clap clapclapclap. Our Sno-Cone vendor even reminded us what the ingredients were, " Ice, sugar, Red No. 5."

What an excellent weekend with the family and fellow A's fans. I wish I could make the trip more often. If you ever meet people like Dennis, Neil, Dan or Brooke, please let them know they are what make the Coliseum great.

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