(They’ll) Probably Start A Riot In Oakland – Balls 653-663 (May 3, 2017)

Oakland Athletics 4 – Minnesota Twins 7

Target Field – Minneapolis, MN

May 3, 2017

Short summary: It started out average and turned out amazing.

The longer story is a bit more dull, but I’ll at least hit the main points. Right off the bat, I’ll flash forward to the middle part, a non-ballhawking part, a rarity that presented itself nicely: I got a Trevor Plouffe autograph. I am not a huge autograph guy, especially getting multiple from the same person, but since Trevor has a new number and therefor a “new signature”, I decided to have him sign a ball I brought from the game before. It should go nicely with the other items and signatures I have from him. So, thank you, T.P.

Going back to the baseballs, I had an average day. Got a toss-up from a Twin, a HR (not on the fly) from a Twin, and a couple toss-ups from some Athletics. Sitting at 4 as the A’s finished up BP set me up for what I imagined would be another “6-spot”. I’ve fallen in a groove/rut/habit of posting 6s and 7s. In fact, since the beginning of the regular season last year until this game, I had gotten strictly 4-8 balls per game. The variance was low and my ability to hit that sweet spot of 6 was pretty much on a lock.

But then I got a toss-up from Chip Hale as he came in from BP. And between BP and warm-ups I got a ball from Jeff Smith in the Twins dugout. Suddenly 6 was acheived and warm-ups weren’t even underway. Maybe 8?

*edit: This is the revisionist’s account. I also got another ball that was hit by a Twin during BP, but I eventually gave that away (instead of a gamer) later on.*

But during the game it not only rained, it poured… metaphorically. The weather was delightful, and as the title suggests, Oakland fans were probably getting mad at their team, because the Twins snuffed them out for a second night in a row.

I got five game balls during/after the game – Joe Vavra, then Miguel Sano, then the Bat Boy twice, and finally Kennys Vargas as he walked in from being interviewed after the game.



Ball 1 – Unknown Twin

Ball 2 – Unknown Twin

Ball 3 – Unknown Athletic

Ball 4 – Unknown Athletic

Ball 5 – Chip Hale

Ball 6 – Jeff Smith

Ball 7 – Joe Vavra

Ball 8 – Miguel Sano

Ball 9 – Twins’ Bat Boy

Ball 10 – Twins’ Bat Boy

Ball 11 – Kennys Vargas

MVP Thank Yous:

  • Trevor Plouffe – for the autograph and quick hello
  • The Herbivorous Butcher – for my third vegan brat/sausage of the year at the ballpark

As you may have been able to tell, I am running low on storage space via WordPress. I have resorted to posting one collage per post, but I miss having extra pix, especially showcasing some panos from new stadiums. If you have a good work around or would like to see them posted somewhere else, let me know. If interest is high enough, I could be swayed to additional platforms.


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