Brisbee: A weeknight A’s game is the best sports experience in the Bay Area (for now)

From SABR member Grant Brisbee at The Athletic on September 17, 2019:

In the corner of my funky concrete backyard, which was featured in August’s issue of “Acceptable Homes and Gardens,” there are two orange plastic-and-metal seats. Aesthetically speaking, they’re hideous, and they clash with everything from the foundation to the roof.

I love them. I love my hideous Candlestick seats.

They’re uncomfortable, and my kids can’t sit in them for more than a minute before asking, “What’s that smell?” but they’re my childhood. I don’t know if I ever sat in those exact seats, but I almost certainly sat in the same section. Maybe while watching Bill Laskey shut out the Expos. Maybe while watching Barry Bonds walk off against the Padres. Maybe after dropping off the tray of Cracker Jack that earned me $17 in commission (minus $5.32 in union dues) on a Tuesday night against the Padres.

This is all to establish my bona fides, see. Because when a Giants writer comes out to Oakland and mentions anything about the Oakland Coliseum, there’s obvious potential for smirking shenanigans. Without this introduction, some of you would be parsing every sentence, looking for the sarcasm or clever digs, and I get that.

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Originally published: September 17, 2019. Last Updated: September 17, 2019.