Tomorrow (January 10), the A’s will start selling free tickets for the regular season game on April 17 vs. the Chicago White Sox. That date is better known as the A’s 50th Anniversary game in Oakland. Tickets will become available at this page starting at 8 AM. Frankly, I can’t think of a better way to spend tax day than to go to a free ballgame.
The A’s showed off their new corporate offices to the media at Jack London Square today.
More photos from the A’s new offices: pic.twitter.com/4I1HV0la4m
— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) January 9, 2018
It has a lot of A’s history in it. It’ll be a much better place for doing business, interfacing with the public during non game days, and maybe even for players during the offseason if they decide to stay in town. It’s something they A’s brass were working on for at least a year, long before their announcement last fall.
It’s somewhat reminiscent of the Earthquakes’ set up at Avaya Stadium, where a separate administration building connected to the stadium also houses the locker room. It also reminds me somewhat of similar facilities at spring training ballparks.
While I suspect some sponsor events will be held at the building on 55 Harrison during Fan Fest, I hope that fans get a chance to look at some part of the building.
Speaking of FanFest, there’s another opportunity to check out Howard Terminal. I’ll probably be available for a “tour” and a drink at Plank if anyone’s interested. Pray that the weather is as excellent as 2017’s edition.
That is the tech aesthetic to a “t.”
I’ve heard the A’s are still pursuing the Laney site. Good luck with converting the NIMBY’s. Looks like the A’s and Kaval had this wide-eyed vision for the site that would be great but didn’t factor in all the “no ballpark, no way, never!!” opposition.
With the rejection of the Laney/Peralta ballpark site, the opening of the new JLS A’s headquarters is very much sending an indirect message to both Oakland’s elected officials and the MLB Lodge. It’s saying that while the A’s are still committed to staying in Oakland, the team very much wants to have their new home ballpark located somewhere in or near the Oakland downtown area. A second message is directed to the MLB Lodge saying that if a suitable near downtown ballpark site cannot be worked out, MLB will have to allow the A’s to explore all areas of the Bay Area market for an acceptable ballpark locale, including Santa Clara County. Failure of MLB to assist the A’s in their quest to find a suitable new ballpark site in its current market would ultimately force the A’s to move to another market.
…MLB has incentive to keep the A’s in the Bay Area. Either they stay or they move to a market designated for expansion and MLB sacrifices those lucrative expansion fees.
Not if they do a “fold and expand” like they did with Expos/Nats. Unfortunately, the likelihood of this scenario grows with each failed attempt to build.
It is a crying shame what Bud/Rob are allowing the Giants to do to the A’s.
Semi off-topic, but do any of you know if they are planning to repeat the Ballpark Pass, where you pay a monthly rate and can go to any/all games? We really loved that last year, but I can’t find any info as to whether they are continuing it for ’18.
They probably will, but not before the regular season ticket sales push is over.
That free game has all the hallmarks of a royal clusterfuck.
Wasn’t able to make it to Fanfest today. Was anything said about the search for a ballpark site?
Hay, what’s going on with the website? I realize things are pretty slow from a news (new ballpark perspective), standpoint but there hasn’t been any activity on the twitter feed for a while either.
I hope you and your family are well, not that you want a total stranger being too concerned about your private life.
The Newballpark twitter page has been quiet too. Anyone know what’s up?
Respecting privacy here, ML has had a health issue and we won’t see any posts from him for a while.
Thanks, man. I really appreciate the update. It sounds like you guys actuly know one another and communicate the old fashioned way (In person), so if you have the opportunity please let him (Or his family, if it’s that serious), know that this commenter apprcates every thing he dose here. Much love, thoughts, and prayers…
I know his family really appreciates the thoughts and prayers.
What Neil said. ML is much appreciated. Get better.
I, too, have noticed the inactivity and finally thought to check the comments to see if ML’s absence has been addressed. I am very sorry to hear of his issue and am thinking about him and hoping he recovers fully and is back real soon.
I am staying in touch with his situation because he is a personal friend. He is doing better, but not close to back to “normal.”
I will reach out to his family and see if they mind me sharing what I know in a blogpost.
This blog means the world to him. You guys, even those of you that may have spatted with him or me a time or two, mean the world to him.
I ask that any of you who are the praying type, please pray for him. If you are not the praying type, send positive vibes his way. He is not out of the woods and it is safe to say that is life has been changed in a way that cannot be undone.
I love you Rhamesis.
Oh man… I know what that is like. I am a meningoencephalitis (meningitis PLUS encephalitis at the same time) survivor and even 5 years after, I am not nor will ever be “fully recovered.” Just glad I am alive and not drooling all over myself in a home somewhere… seriously.
Said some prayers for M.L….
I’m sure you have already but let him know we are pulling for him, and not just because we miss his posts!
While we have had fun and passionate discussions about the A’s new ballpark issue, in the grand picture of things it doesn’t really mean a hill of beans. ML, Get better soon!
Hey everyone, here are the details on our friend Rhamesis condition followed by a link for a you caring campaign (he was let go from his day job and needs our help):
On Jan 21st, 2018, my great friend Rhamesis Muncada suffered a massive seizure followed by series of multiple strokes due to complications of extreme Hypertension and at that time undiagnosed Diabetes. He was placed in a medically induced coma when he was in the ICU for two weeks to stop his brain from having more seizures. He also suffered kidney failure, and required the assistance of a mechanical ventilator (in order to breathe) for over a month, before being transferred to Select hospital, a long-term acute care facility to begin his rehabilitation.
His family created this fundraiser to help Rhamesis Muncada with his medical expenses while he is on his personal journey to Independence. Any amount is greatly appreciated. Please share with your friends and family.