More FanFest info

Today I and a half-dozen other bloggers got our info package via email from A’s Media Relations and Broadcasting coordinator Adam Loberstein. We’ll have the 1 PM hour dedicated a press conference with several A’s players and prospects. Here’s the schedule for FanFest on Sunday, January 29:

1:00 p.m.          Blogger/Interview Room Opens

1:15-1:30 p.m.   A’s Manager Bob Melvin

1:30-1:45 p.m.   Shortstop Cliff Pennington and pitcher Brandon McCarthy

1:45-2:00 p.m.   Outfielders Josh Reddick and Seth Smith

Smith replaced pitcher Brad Peacock. Maybe I’ll ask the OFs which one will kneecap the other first to get more PAs (I keed!). Because of this part of the event, I’d like to put the meetup between 11 and noon, inside the East entrance to Oracle Arena. I will be arriving at 9 to set up early and get a feel for the event. Plus, as BANG’s Joe Stiglich notes, Lew Wolff will be around from 9 to 10:30 throughout the event to answer fan questions via one-on-ones. Sign ups will occur from 9 to 10:30. Now that should be interesting, and well worth getting there early to watch.

Please comment with the following:

  • Questions for Melvin or the players
  • Whether or not the meetup time works for you, suggestions if it doesn’t
  • Whether or not you’re up for anything after FanFest, including a tailgate

The best thing to come out of this is that if this event goes well, it’ll be the first in a series of blogger events throughout the season. Now that sounds great and is something to look forward to.

39 thoughts on “More FanFest info

  1. I’m still on the fence about this event. Don’t want to deal with protestors.

  2. I wouldn’t worry about protestors. They’ll probably be as many as there are at any typical game… 5 or so.

  3. Is Wolff showing up at 9am? I thought that’s just when you could sign up to talk to him later in the day.

  4. I still can’t believe they’re charging $8.00 per person. It’s not an issue for me because I’m a season ticket holder and have free tickets, but I have a hard time belieiving they will attract many casual fans. I hate to make comparisons to that other team, but their FanFest on Feb 4 is free. Our promotion schedule sadly pales in comparison to theirs too.

  5. Ask Melvin if he’s going to hire Conor Jackson to mow his lawn if he doesn’t get picked up by a team.

  6. Proceeds benefit the A’s Community Fund. So it goes to a good place. At least that’s what I have heard.

  7. Seriously, who has questions they want answered?

  8. Question: From a player/personnel perspective, that’s the main thing they’d like to see in a new facility that the Coliseum doesn’t offer?

  9. On a scale of 1 to 10 (low to high probability): How confident is Wolff that we’ll be in San Jose within the next few years?

  10. If San Jose becomes a reality, will there be any PSLs?

  11. Another question for Melvin/players: Is there any charm to the Coliseum that the newer ballparks don’t have– like a grizzled army bunker vibe that newer places just don’t conjure up?

  12. @CSR – Wolff will never say publicly. Within his inner circle, yes.

    @fc – AFAIK there will not be PSLs.

  13. Is attendance at fanfest mandatory or voluntary?

  14. @gojohn10 – You are correct. Post corrected to reflect how Wolff availability will work.

    Since when is attendance for anything A’s-related mandatory?

  15. Well, it’s mandatory if fans want to keep the team in Oakland’s city limits…

  16. tittle said that townsend will have a two hour show? does that mean we’ll be able to hear the interview portion on 95.7 this weekend?

  17. also wolff will be on 95.7 fri on the rise guys at 9:15am.

  18. Sorry, I meant that as a fun question to ask A’s players at fanfest.

  19. I just want to know when we will know one way or the other about the potential move to San Jose.

  20. Wait, they’re charging money to go to fanfest!? WTF?!?Even if going to charity, WTF!?! It’s not even being held in the baseball stadium and they’re charging you to go to it?

    I mean I get why this ownership group wants to move to San Jose. I even get why they dismantled the team this year to an extent as it relates to the future and pushing the issue with MLB. But charging money to go to an event they killed needlessly in previous years? I mean hell, even the hated Giants don’t charge for their fanfest which is actually held at their ballpark (and you get an extra hour as theirs runs 10-3 rather than the A’s 10-2). And both look like shlubs compared to an organization like the Padres whose fanfest is not only free but runs from 10-5…

  21. The admission fee goes to charity. Reasonable enough.

  22. I assume the admission fee goes to charity – after covering the A’s out of pocket costs of staging the event. Still fair enough.

  23. Still seems a little lame that they’re charging anything. It should be a free event like it is in virtually every other city in MLB. The team should just be donating money to charity straight up if they felt the need. Very classless move by the A’s if you ask me. Particularly for how little fan fest you get and the fact it’s not even in the team’s ballpark.

  24. This will be my forth or fifth Fanfest and IIRC they have always required a fee for entry. Going free this year because I’m now a season ticket holder.

  25. Maybe it’s the fact I’ve been out of the Bay Area most of the time the last few years down in San Diego, but frankly I’ve gotten used to the classy moves of the Padres organization and seeing the lack of the same from the A’s just makes me alternatively sad or angry.

    I mean take the Padres hosting a softball game for wounded vets the other day. I was over near PETCO Park and had just picked up a sandwich so I sat down in the Park at the Park and watched these guys play and frankly it was amazing. Every single guy on the field was missing a limb, be it arm or leg, and they were playing their hearts out courtesy of the Padres organization. Winter practices in full view of the public (saw Huston Street the other day taking his first team photos). Fanfest is 7 hours long and free for everyone. If you’re a season ticket holder you get to go down on the field for BP during the season (where I also got to filch my only my second MLB ball ever (and second in as many months) despite going to the Coliseum for over 20 years. Season ticket holders also get early entry for BP 30 mins before the general public and get invited to an on field movie day (where they also provided everyone with a small 5 by 5 inch piece of the outfield that I still have growing in a pot outside). The list goes on but suffice it to say the A’s offer none of the things other organizations do, despite the fact they could even at their old decrepit stadium.

    I didn’t realize how bad the A’s organization is or how bad A’s fans really have it until I saw how the other half lives. Having to pay for fanfest is just another symptom of the same disease.

  26. What is it? $8? Hey, that’s more than some of the tickets for actual A’s games. We hear a lot about how awful the A’s organization is but very little about how cheap it is to actually go see them play. And its free parking on Sunday, I believe….

  27. Oh thank God for small miracles… free parking! It is just as cheap to go see many other teams play as the A’s, despite being in nicer ballparks, and their organizations still find the money to host a fanfest without charging for it (and they take the time to host it in their ballpark rather than their neighbors arena). Face it, there’s little in the way of defense of the A’s on this other than the fact that it’s really is a miracle they’re even hosting one at all given the absence of the even the last few years.

  28. What’s wrong with kicking $8 ($5 for kids) to go to charity? FWIW, by charging they might just weed out a few folks who don’t want to pay anything but would make the autograph lines much longer. The Sharks used to do a fan fest. I’m pretty sure the $$ went to charity, too. It was all about standing on line to get a few autographs.

  29. That being said, if I decide to go to this event and want to buy my tickets online ahead of time and print them out, I better not be greeted with $6-per-ticket “convenience fees.”

  30. $1 convenience fee…

  31. Anyone else see that out of blue today the Earthquakes (Lew and John’s other team) has suddenly moved their March 18th game at Buck Shaw Stadium against the Houston Dynamo to March 17th at the Giant’s AT&T Park. Might be nothing of course, but there’s something damn peculiar about Lew moving a game of his other team to the stadium of a team that at least publicly is playing road block to the A’s move to SJ.

    • Anyone else see that out of blue today the Earthquakes (Lew and John’s other team) has suddenly moved their March 18th game at Buck Shaw Stadium against the Houston Dynamo to March 17th at the Giant’s AT&T Park. Might be nothing of course, but there’s something damn peculiar about Lew moving a game of his other team to the stadium of a team that at least publicly is playing road block to the A’s move to SJ.

      Wow! Good find Dan. Sounds like it’s a done deal to me. February’s gonna be awesome brah!

  32. @Dan – Now that’s interesting. Especially when you consider the Giants and A’s haven’t done so much as a player trade in more than a decade.

  33. @ DAn “It is just as cheap to go see many other teams play as the A’s,”
    .
    Which teams? I’ve been to 25 of the current ballparks, and I can’t think of too many that can beat a $48 ticket right behind home plate, $700 suite, or $2 Wednesay.
    .
    “despite being in nicer ballparks, and their organizations still find the money to host a fanfest without charging for it”
    .
    The organizations of those teams are generating WAY more revenue than the A’s, as a result of being in those taxpayer funded “nicer ballparks.”
    .
    “(and they take the time to host it in their ballpark rather than their neighbors arena).”
    .
    Why is this a bad thing? The arena is a lot more pleasant than the Coli. Plus January in Oakland doesn’t always bring the most pleasant outdoor weather. I believe the A’s are still offering clubhouse tours in the Coli.

  34. I’d say it IS interesting. The A’s owner signing a deal to have his soccer team play at ATT Park?

  35. bartleby, well lets see. The Angels organization regularly puts excess tickets on Stubhub where I’ve paid less than $.99 to go see a game. The Padres are pretty close with $5 for Park tickets which aren’t bad at all. As for having more revenue, the A’s with all their cuts this year are operating well in the black again and could afford it if they wanted to. I’ll give you that the A’s probably have one of if not the cheapest behind the plate tickets, but only because those seats aren’t club seats at the Coliseum like they are at all the new parks.

  36. Pricing for the Diamond Level seats is in line with similar seats at other ballparks throughout MLB.

  37. Not only the Giants ballpark, but a park with a naming sponsor whom the A’s are also somewhat at odds with over acquiring that piece of property they hold at the Diridon site…

  38. @ Dan “The Angels organization regularly puts excess tickets on Stubhub where I’ve paid less than $.99 to go see a game.”
    .
    Aftermarket pricing is not really relevant to our discussion. One can find below face tickets for virtually any team or event, given the right circumstances.
    .
    However, I would point out, even in your theoretical example, StubHub also charges minimum fees of $5 per order plus minimum delivery charges of $5 IF electronic delivery is available, otherwise $12. So even if two $.99 tickets were available on StubHub, the actual cost would be $12 for the pair vs. $4 for a pair of $2 Wednesday A’s tickets.
    .
    Also, the A’s allow every ticket holder to use and sit in the West Side Club, so for practical purposes a $2 ticket at the Coli is a club seat.
    .
    “The Padres are pretty close with $5 for Park tickets which aren’t bad at all.”
    .
    That’s 250% of the A’s $2 Wednesday cost, and all you’re getting is a standing room spot in the outfield. By comparison, for an A’s game, you can sit in the club right along the first baseline.
    .
    “As for having more revenue, the A’s with all their cuts this year are operating well in the black again and could afford it if they wanted to.”
    .
    According to published reports, the A’s barely broke even this year even after revenue sharing. Granted, any team “could” price things anyway they want, but the A’s are clearly on a budget, so making FanFest tickets free would mean cutting costs or raising revenue elsewhere. I’ll pay my $8 for FanFest and take the phenomenal deals available on tickets, thank you.
    .
    “I’ll give you that the A’s probably have one of if not the cheapest behind the plate tickets, but only because those seats aren’t club seats at the Coliseum like they are at all the new parks.”
    .
    As noted above, the A’s allow club access to all their patrons. Anyway, the amenities offered with so-called club seats are a huge scam. “Upgraded” concessions that are usually not much better than those available elsewhere in the park, “seatside” service far slower than just waiting for a regular vendor to come by with what you want in other sections, and access to a glorified sports bar that most fans will spend little time in because, after all, they came to watch the game. All for a premium of anywhere from $30 to $100 per ticket.

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