My buddy Jack and I barely made it to Tempe Diablo in time for the National Anthem, driving from Las Vegas.
After the A's game, we went to a Phoenix Suns game (Billy Frijoles also went but we never managed to get together), and the next day we went to Scottsdale Stadium. My impressions? A miniature AT&T Park.
I actually did not score this live. I had just received a set of colored pens in the mail, and decided to score this game from the Gameday notes to see how well the pens would work out. Pretty well.
The wildest alcoholic nightmare spring game, which I scored simultaneously to a televised split squad game against the Giants.
The A's returned from Scottsdale for the Bay Bridge series. My only visit to AT&T Park this year.
My second opening night!
I made a note about how dumb Daric Barton's baserunning was.
The April 5 game was the day after the April 4 game was postponed due to unplayable field conditions, the infamous "tarp out."
This was one of the catalysts for MLB reverting to its previous interpretation of a "catch."
My first game after being announced as a writer on AN.
This game was my favorite of the year at the mid-season review. That '3' in the bottom of the ninth is part of why.
It's how they got the three they needed that made this game really enjoyable to write about.
This was an early bird free ticket offer that came with buying my season ticket. I brought a friend who is a Houston Astros fan.
Here was that weird slump that Sean Doolittle went through after he signed his contract extension.
The A's almost pulled it out in the end. A familiar feeling.
Nico and I switched this weekend, and I got the fortunate "salvage" game for the series at Fenway. The Red Sox still had a chance at this point.
The first game of the traditional doubleheader to make up for the rainout. A taller first baseman might have kept us in the game.
This is Drew Pomeranz's first start, going a creditable five innings.
The game was a little melancholy. A good friend that went to a bunch of games with me in law school was about to move to Pennsylvania, and this was the last game we went to before he moved.
Tommy Milone's statement game after Dan Straily got demoted to Sacramento.
Nothing like two 3-0 3-run homers to boost an All-Star candidacy, eh D-No?
My dad and I went to this incredibly warm evening that brought out the bugs for the night.
The A's didn't seem to mind the infestation, however. This was the second night of Josh Reddick's switch to Careless Whisper.
I covered both Saturday and Sunday's Toronto games. They were unpleasant to listen to.
The beginning of the Jim Johnson rehabilitation project.
Remember when we beat Detroit 10-0? That was great.
D-no grand slam! One of five homers in the game.
This was the second home run Otero had given up in his career.
Ho hum single-handedly keeping Garrett Richards out of the All-Star Game nbd.
Ho hum scoring 11 answered runs nbd.
Top of the 3rd: That "U5" ended the inning and began Donaldson's longest career hitless streak.
Fernando Abad also ended a more than two year long winless streak.
Athletics Nation Day!
Daniel Robertson, shortstop of the future. Pay no attention to the man that started at shortstop.
The Jim Johnson rehabilitation project continues. I dropped my green pencil at some point. This was a pretty miserable game.
The futility of it all.
Alex and Billy Frijoles were both at this game, and so rather than toil away in the third deck I walked down to where they were sitting. This game got away from Drew Pomeranz pretty quickly. And soon enough a chair got in the way of Drew Pomeranz's right hand.
Word of advice, don't ever sit in the first row but behind the premium field box seats. You have no leg room. At the least I got to see A.J. Pierzynski slam his helmet into the ground one last time.
Three question marks because Quinn Wolcott called no catch on a tipped strike three. Boston scored on a wild pitch.
The A's came back, however, and walked it off on a Coco Crisp single scoring Callaspo.
The Bartolo Colon game.
Brad Mills was creditable in his second start for the Athletics.
Four runs in the ninth inning nbd.
14 inning madness!
At least there were literally no more pitchers for me to squeeze into the lineup.
126 pitches for Dickey. Sure.
A's batters. A's win!
So far this year, I've attended 13 Oakland Athletics games, one Stockton Ports game, and three spring training games. This year, I've kept score of nearly 50 games, including the July 15 All-Star Game. I have not finished all of them, but I thought I'd present them to you, warts and all. All photos are my own.
Another scorebook enthusiast in our community is Torrey's Tacos. Some halfway mark notes: