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So I did a thing…

By on Jan 31, 2018 in Baseball, Featured | 0 comments

This whole “10k retweets for a first pitch opportunity” thing has been one of the most surreal experiences of my life. I half-jokingly threw out the question to the A’s twitter account, honestly expecting a little playful back and forth at best, and got so much more. You never really realize the impact you’ve had on friends and family till you hit the tough times. That’s one huge lesson I’ve learned the last year. I was literally in my oncologist’s office, waiting for my appointment when I saw the A’s came back with an incredibly gracious offer. 10k retweets and they’d let me throw out the first pitch. I should have thrown in a cool hashtag, or written more than I did, but Dr. Hu was walking through the door at that moment so I just hit the send button. By the time I got out of appointment I was sitting at 200 RTs, in part to some...

My pitch for making the first pitch for the Oakland A’s

By on Jan 22, 2018 in Baseball, Featured | 0 comments

A year ago, my life was a whole hell of a lot different.   A year ago today, some guy from the Cleveland area asked the Indians how many retweets he needed to get to be able to throw out a first pitch. It was coming on the heels of the whole “Wendy’s chicken nuggets” retweet thing. They told him 100 million. As a joke, I asked the Athletics how many I needed to get in order to be able to throw out a first pitch. I never got a response. That was one of the last things I tweeted before getting sick. It was about a year ago that I started the 2 week slide that led to me being admitted to the hospital and finding out I had stage 4 colon cancer. There’s been a lot of crap I’ve had to go through in the last 52 weeks. 7 rounds of infusion chemo (including an allergic reaction to the Oxaliplatin that damn near killed me) 2 surgeries to remove the tumors 1 surgery to put in a colostomy because...

A song for Susan! or The Trading Deadline

By on Jul 13, 2016 in Baseball, Featured | 0 comments

One of the things I love about Twitter is it’s ability to connect people that would never normally have a chance to cross paths. I realize that can be a curse at times, but it’s been a huge blessing for someone, like me, who is fairly introverted and doesn’t really enjoy interacting with people on a regular basis. Finding other Oakland A’s fans on twitter and connecting with them, as the A’s had that incredible 2012 season, has brought a lot of people into my life that I now would call friends. Some I’ve had the pleasure of meeting. Others, not yet. The song posted below comes from a man that certainly falls into that later category. @Boinkity_Boink is one of the funniest people I follow. His sense of humor is a bit off the wall, but never mean. I like that. You usually can’t help but smile after seeing one of his tweets. So when he told...

Buttslide or Apple’s One More Thing?

By on Sep 18, 2013 in Baseball, Featured, Playing with Photoshop | 0 comments

Josh Reddick and the Stockton Ports

By on Jun 2, 2013 in Baseball, Featured | 0 comments

This year has been a fairly new and exciting adventure with baseball. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting a ton of great new people and finally got down to Banner Island Park to see the Stockton Ports play last Monday night. I’ve been to a few minor league parks and have to say that Banner Island is a great place to watch a game.  Most minor league parks are dumps, but they’ve certainly built themselves a beautiful place down there in Stockton.    When the news hit that Oakland A’s outfielder Josh Reddick was going to be there for a rehab assignment, I jumped online and grabbed a couple of tickets. A lot of the Right Field crew seemed to make the trek out to Stockton after having spent the afternoon watching the A’s beat the Giants. And I’m certain that Josh felt “at home” with his banner hanging right next to the On Deck circle.   Reddick...

Meeting Amanda McCarthy and Brooke Sizemore and a return to my home away from home

By on Jun 16, 2012 in Baseball, Featured | 0 comments

Or: That awkward moment when you meet someone that you’ve interacted with on Twitter and can’t think of even 140 characters to say.   I have this friend Becky.  She’s a lawyer, but I try not to hold that against her.  She’s also my baseball buddy and a diehard Padres fan. So, it was only natural that when the Pads came to Oakland to play my beloved Athletics that we go to the game.  I managed to score a 4 pack of tickets and off we went, with her boyfriend and my buddy Cody to my home away from home, the O.co Colesium.   By the third inning, with the A’s leading 5-2 behind a Josh Reddick 2 run triple and a Brandon Moss 2 run homer, we decided to make a beer run.  One of the hidden gems in the Coliseum is The Field House Irish Pub.  It’s the one place you are certain that you can get a good beer at an A’s game.  You can’t go wrong grabbing a Ruben sandwich and your choice of a Guinness,...