My wife and I went to the real home opener for the A’s last night and watched what I hope is not an example of the kinds of games we’re going to see all season long. They lost the game 2-1 against the pitching of Daisuke Matsuzaka who was definately on his game.
Frustrating rookiee mistakes were made with a Barton-off-the-shoulder foul-ball drop and Hannahan’s indecision after making a fantastic defensive stop down the third base line. They weren’t the only ones. Jason Varitek hit a ball that bounced off the white line on the right field wall back into the field. The referees ruled it a double instead of the home run the replays showed it really was. It ended up not mattering much because the A’s couldn’t manage to get anyone else home.
The two bright spots of the night were the solid six innings pitched by Joe Blanton and the solo homerun that Jack Cust hit on the first pitch in the second inning. I managed to snap a picture of Cust making contact from our vantage point all the way down the left field side in section 234. Except it was blurry. Oh well.
Next up on the list of games is Travis Buck bobblehead day on April 19th against Kansas City.