Hey A’s fans, did you really think the holiday season was over?
On Sunday, January 27th the Oakland Athletics will hold their semi-annual FanFest at the Oakland Arena from 10:30-3:30 PM. I highly encourage all card carrying members of the Athletics nation, to attend the event and revel in their love for the team. As an A’s fan, it’s the perfect opportunity to meet and greet some of your favorite current and past players and get amped up for the upcoming season.
Before last season, I can say with great shame that I had never attended an Oakland A’s FanFest. There was no real valid reason behind it, other than it would always coincide with a previous plans or scheduled employment. Combine this with the fact, that the event was inexplicably skipped during a three year period and replaced with a much maligned “workout day” open to fans. When the return of FanFest was announced last season, I made the decision that it was time to attend the event and support my team. With a free date last season, I set out to FanFest with limited expectations. Not only had the A’s traded three of their top pitchers, the event wasn’t even being a held at the actual Coliseum. I was somewhat skeptical, when I walked through the gates of the neighboring arena. Within moments, I was immersed in a sea of green. There was Coco Crisp posing for pictures, Glen Kuiper leading a question and answer session with Bob Melvin, and Jonny Gomes and Seth Smith signing autographs. I was home.
There was an unmistakable air of positivity, excitement, and overall optimism in the air. Despite the long but relatively speedy lines for autographs, fans seem to be in the highest of spirits. Although there was uncertainty surrounded the franchise, and unfamiliarity with some of the newer acquisitions in attendance (Jarrod Parker, Josh Reddick, Tommy Milone) there was also a fresh feeling that maybe this year would be different. It was like starting over, after a turbulent time.
By the end of FanFest, I was sold. Walking to my car with “Celebration” by Kool and the Gang reverberating around in my mind, I had a new outlook. I felt like 2012 would be special. Little did I know, that a mere nine months late I would be celebrating the most exciting season in the history of my dedicated fandom.
This years FanFest is set to be a enjoyable event. With memories of walkoffs and wins still fresh in our thoughts, the excitement is already brewing. As we move closer to the date, be sure to check with the official A’s Website for a complete lists of guests and attractions. Admissions price is $10, or $5 for current season ticket holders with a deposit on 2013 tickets. Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Friday, January 11th at 10:00 AM PT.
Coming off the success of last season, this will be a chance to pay thanks to the team for last season and show your support for 2013. Get excited A’s fans, another season is near.