Game 3 of the 2012 ALDS ended over 4 hours ago but the excitement of my first postseason game still has not worn off. After getting tickets last minute, only 10 hours before game time, my sister, her friend, and I entered the Coliseum at 4 p.m. for the 6 p.m. match. We received out rally towels, then headed up to Plaza Reserved to find our seats. It was a beautiful, sunny day and I was ready for some good baseball. Also, I was pumped up because I saw Glen Kuiper and Brodie Brazil before the game and they had waved back at me.
Then, 40 minutes before the first pitch, Angela said she was hungry. We headed downstairs to find food. Since Angela wanted nachos, we stood in a relatively short line. However, when we got to the front, Angela said she wanted “the good nachos” so we traveled the length of the Coliseum and back, just to realize that “the good nachos” were just regular nachos with self-serve toppings. We had to wait in line at the first stand again and this time, the line was twice as long because it was close to game time and hungry people were filing in. We somehow managed to buy food, weave our way through the crowd, and make it back to our seats just 7 minutes before first pitch. Angela ate “the good nachos” for the first 4 innings while I lost my voice in the 3rd inning.
Later on in the night, we all had even more reason to get excited: Gangnam Style was played! Of course, this meant Angela had to jump up and start dancing while everyone else in the crowd sang along.
As the A’s returned home, the crowd was spectacular. By far the best atmosphere I’ve ever encountered at the Coliseum. We were chanting “Let’s Go, Oakland” even before the first pitch. We waved our gold rally towels the entire game. Three Detroit fans sat directly in front of us and our section made sure to let them know we hated them. Throughout the game, we hollered DE-TROIT SUCKS and BEAT DE-TROIT. In the top of the 9th, the three Detroit fans put on their rally caps and we booed and hissed until they left. We participated in the Bernie Lean and the Balfour Rage and everything else that went on in Section 247.
When Balfour induced the double play from Prince Fielder Jr. to end the game and earn the save, the Coliseum went crazy.
The celebration that followed made the night. Fans chanted and high-fived everyone on the way out of the stadium. Tonight, we were all family. People were dancing outside the gates. The crowd heading towards BART was backed up all the way down both sides of the ramp. Vendors sold churros and t-shirts along the sidewalk. Angela’s friend, Jack, bought a t-shirt on the way to BART. The BART ride back to Berkeley was filled with celebrations and even more chanting. It was a complete sea of green and gold. I think tonight, we were all so proud to be an A’s fan and so glad the team is back in Oakland for the sweep of Detroit (fingers crossed). Tomorrow’s game starts at 6:37 p.m.