By Connor Buestad | Connor@Section925.com
After another early playoff exit in 2018, the Oakland A’s were back in uniform for the first time on Monday in Arizona, looking to spit out the last of the bad tastes left over from Yankee Stadium. The 2019 A’s have a whole lot to look forward to, as they bring back their young core group that won almost 100 games a year ago. Budding stars Matt Chapman and Matt Olson both are freshly minted Gold Glovers, Ramon Laureano is a human highlight reel in center, Khris Davis is coming off a league leading 48 homers and Blake Treinen is an All-Star stopper coming out of the pen. Gone is fellow All-Star Jed Lowrie, but he has been replaced by the talented Jurickson Profar at second base, coming over from Texas. If the A’s can put together some reliable starting pitching, an AL West title is certainly not out of the question, regardless of how well the Astros are playing.
With the growing excitement surrounding the upcoming season, it makes sense to take a look at the promotional giveaway calendar on offer at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. With the Warriors leaving the Town in June and the Raiders being sued by the city, the A’s are likely to have the friendly confines of the Coliseum all to themselves.
The unofficial list below should give you an extra nudge to get out to the Coliseum in the year ahead. Highlights include three bobblehead days (Matt Chapman, Matt Olson and Bert Campaneris), seven fireworks nights, 1989 World Series Reunion Night vs. the Giants, Fanny Pack Day and Khris Davis Bat Day.
March 28 vs. Angels: “Win for Hero-Town Rally Towel.” After starting the season in Japan on March 20th, the A’s return to Oakland to kick off the season with day baseball in Oakland. They’ll be handing out Hero-Town Rally Towels. Hopefully these rally towels will be green collar.
March 29 vs. Angels: Bob Melvin Manager of the Year pin. This is also the first Green Friday of the year where the A’s wear their Kelly Green alternates. Green Fridays > Orange Fridays. There I said it.
April 16 vs. Astros: First “Free Parking Tuesday” of the year. There won’t be free parking at the new stadium. Cherish this.
April 20th vs. Blue Jays: Matt Chapman Gold Glove Bobblehead. Very well deserved.
May 8th vs. Reds: Saint Mary’s College Night. There are a lot of other college nights not listed here, but God is a Gael. Also, come boo Yasiel Puig in a Reds uniform. Guaranteed fun.
May 10th vs. Indians: Fireworks Night #1. Your first chance to get out on the beautiful Coliseum grass.
May 12th vs. Indians: Mother’s Day Breast Cancer Awareness Day. Go watch Krush Davis launch baseballs with a pink bat.
May 25th vs. Mariners: Rally Candle Night. Should be interesting.
June 1st vs. Astros: Fanny Pack Day. Fanny Packs are the new black.
June 14th vs. Mariners: Fireworks Night #2.
June 16th vs. Mariners: Fathers Day Khris Davis Bat Day. Will help you hit 48 bombs in your adult softball league.
June 20th vs. Rays: Oakland Larks cap. Good looking, OG hat.
June 22 vs. Rays: Matt Olson Gold Glove Bobblehead. Still under construction, but expect the glove to be dipped in gold.
July 3rd vs. Twins: Fireworks Night #3.
July 4th vs. Twins: Tote Bag Day. Save 10 cents on grocery bags!
July 14th vs. White Sox: T-shirt day. Presented by Cache Creek Casino, so expect high quality.
July 27th vs. Rangers: Fireworks Night #4.
July 28th vs. Rangers: Root Beer Float Day. Find Dallas Braden and Shooty Babitt to get you a generous scoop.
August 4th vs. Cardinals: T-shirt Day #2. Also presented by Cache Creek.
August 17th vs. Astros: Fireworks Night #5.
August 18th vs. Astros: Beerfest. Fresh beer in the Treehouse.
August 24th vs. Giants: 1989 World Series Champions Team Reunion. A rough night for Giants fans.
September 7th vs. Tigers: Fireworks Night #6.
September 8th vs. Tigers: Bert Campaneris Bobblehead Day. Campy!
September 21 vs. Rangers: Fireworks Night #7.
September 22nd vs. Rangers: Fan Appreciation Day. Celebrating 51 years in Oaktown, hopefully pushing for a pennant in late September…
(For the full, official calendar, click here)