D’Backs v. A’s Tonight: Yes, I’m Going!
Having been offered a ticket to tonight’s matchup between the A’s and the D’Backs, I said yes. (What the A’s have done with their ticket prices is a kvetch best left for another time). Money is the absolute pits right now, even though today was payday. But I had hoped to be there today since the schedule was first announced. And apparently the gods, and the lovely person who offered the ticket, definitely want me to be there.
I’m still not quite decided as to whether I’ll wear my Byrnesblog jersey as I did in San Francisco, or the D-Backs T-Shirt with Byrnes 22 on the back. Were it a day game, the shorter-sleeved T-Shirt would definitely be in order. But it’s a 7:05 p.m. start, meaning whatever I wear will probably end up being covered up by a sweatshirt by the middle of the game. I’ll wear my purple sweatshirt, since that’s a D’Backs color, and my authentic D’Backs road cap. The Diamondbacks may have the worst pitching staff in the majors right now, but they’ve got the some of the coolest logos.
(Sorry about that. I don’t mean to go on and on about clothes like some sort of sports fashionista. But I do want to look the part of welcoming Eric Byrnes home to the Bay Area. I expect to see a bunch of green and gold Byrnes 22′s in the stands).
With this Interleague game in the American League Park, there is simply no excuse for BoMel not to start Byrnesie, the team leader in slugging percentage (not to mention the D’Back who knows most on the team about the Coliseum’s outfield. He played center there as well as left). DaVanon can be the DH.
Byrnesie’s triple last night was down the RIGHT field line. This is very good news. He hits better when he gets out of the notion that he has to pull everything to have power. I will be taking my looseleaf binder full of Eric Byrnes Pitch Count Reports to the game and I look forward to filling out tonight’s edition with more True Elation. May the A’s pitchers end the night wondering why Oakland ever traded him. (Photo on this graf, by George Nitikin/AP, is of the triple in Byrnes’ cycle of 06-29-03).
Who knows? The D’Backs might even win! A goil kin dream, cain’t she?
Kéllia "The Byrnesblogger" Ramares
P.S. I’ll be in section 122, Row 27, if any of you want to stop by. Just be aware that when Byrnesie is at bat or on base, I don’t get distracted.