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So tell me exactly; "How did you become an A's Fan?"

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Posted: 01/08/2013 10:57 AM

So tell me exactly; "How did you become an A's Fan?" 


We all have our own story and here's mine.
 
  Well I am for one originally from the East Coast. My Dad is a Yankees fan and my older brother is a Red Sox fan (Not typical). It was a tug of war between them two trying to make me a fan of either one of their teams. I, as any normal young kid would do, wore the cap my dad gave me. So I bared a Yankee cap for a year or two. But I didn't even like the Yankees, didn't understand the history, who the hell is "Babe Ruth", and what's the curse of the Bambino, I would say to myself. 
  So in 1976 when my Mom and Dad divorced, my mom moved all the way out to Salinas, California. We drove over 3,000 miles in one of those station wagons with the wood panels and the 3rd row seat that faced out the rear window. (Just picture; National Lampoons "Vacation" with the Griswold Family.) It was me, my mom, my 2 brothers, 3 sisters, my moms friend, our dog Nija (half Newfoundland and Black Lab-she looked like a mini bear), our cat Tiger, a box of fig newtons, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, soder pop, and many trips to Mcdonalds. Note:(whatever you do, don't gives figs and peanut butter to your "dog and cat" while you're all in a car that has no A/C and the windows are up cause it's 105 deg. outside and can't roll the windows down, it'll cause wind burn. Only thing you can do is pull over and bail out of the car cause it smells like Bear SH*t, if you've ever had the experience of that smell.. WOOOO).
  So came the spring of 1977. It was my first baseball season playing minors. I was put on the Minor A's. I was so excited that I wanted to call my dad and tell him. "Dad, I made the baseball team!!" He replied, "Really, what team are you on?" I told him, "The team is called the A's." He replied again, "Oh you poor kid." In a joking way, I think? 
  After the season had started our coaches took all us players to a Baseball game there in Salinas. The home team was the Salinas Angels vs Modesto A's. Not being familiar with which team was from where, I naturally went to the A's side for seating. I wasn't quite sure at the time, why everyone else went to the Angels side? The A's were wearing the same cap I had on, right?
  Well during the game there was this one player that just stood out from the rest. He had style, he was fast on the bases, and he made some great catches too!! His name was Ricky Henderson. I thought to myself, "WOW this guy is really really good!!" He stole 3 bases that day and one was home. That's when I became an A's fan, right there that moment!! It was awsome!! Heck I didn't know the difference between Minors and Majors yet, but Ricky was good!!
  So another couple years pass by, I put on the T.V and there's an A's game on, the guy up to bat, he looks familiar, and then it clicks.... He that's the guy I saw at the game in Salinas!!!! It's Ricky Henderson!!! Holy Cow!!! I couldn't believe it. And I've been hooked on A's ever since. "LETS GO OAKLAND"......
  It's good times when the A's are playing the Yankees or Red Sox, gives me something to ruffle the feathers of my dad and brother, but even better when the A's sweep, of coarse.
  So again, we all have our story. Would love to hear some of yours out there. Also, as far as where the A's will move or not, as long as I can go see them with my 2 boys (A's fans of coarse) :), numerous times during the season, I'd prefer the mistique of Oakland but if it's San Jose, I'm good with that too. As long as they don't leave the area.
  Thank you for reading, if you happened to.

A's fan 4 life!!!! 
 

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Posted: 01/08/2013 11:08 AM

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Nice story. Mine isn't nearly as interesting. I was born and raised in Berkeley, Richmond, Oakland, and my dad was an A's fan. My dad grew up a Yankees fan in the Bronx, but moved to California in the early 70's and has been an A's fan since. I was born in '84, so my earliest memories were some great A's teams. Childhood hero's were Rickey and Big Mac.

Been into the scouting aspect of it since my dad took me to Modesto to see Miguel Tejada, back in 1996. Wasn't hard to tell Tejada was going to be a special player and would be replacing Bordick before long. Then, the next season, when I saw Ben Grieve's major league debut in Oakland (he smashed 3 doubles and a warning track flyout), I was hooked.
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Posted: 01/08/2013 11:12 AM

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BanditoB wrote: Nice story. Mine isn't nearly as interesting. I was born and raised in Berkeley, Richmond, Oakland, and my dad was an A's fan. My dad grew up a Yankees fan in the Bronx, but moved to California in the early 70's and has been an A's fan since. I was born in '84, so my earliest memories were some great A's teams. Childhood hero's were Rickey and Big Mac.

Been into the scouting aspect of it since my dad took me to Modesto to see Miguel Tejada, back in 1996. Wasn't hard to tell Tejada was going to be a special player and would be replacing Bordick before long. Then, the next season, when I saw Ben Grieve's major league debut in Oakland (he smashed 3 doubles and a warning track flyout), I was hooked.
  I'm sure my kids stories won't be as exciting or nice as some, but the best part of anyone's story is it's there's and WE ARE ALL A'S FANS!!! That's the best thing we all have in common, no matter where your from, or what Religion you are. That's what is so great about baseball, "The Common Ground". Love this game!!
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Posted: 01/08/2013 11:18 AM

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Good thread, been a long time since we've done this.

I was a preschool-aged frontrunner, long story short.

When I was very young, my parents and I had a weekend routine of going yard sale hunting. Just for fun. My mom and dad were both antique junkies, and I sort of took after them, my niche being pinback buttons. They were colorful, fun, and in the early 80's they were everywhere. Cheap too, which mean I could have as many as I wanted, in essence.

One day we stopped at a yard sale, out in the country. I remember it quite well, and there was a bright green and gold button with green and gold ribbons hanging down, and a gold colored metal ball and glove. It read "The Swingin' A's, World Champions". I recognized that this was baseball related, though I had no idea yet who the A's were. I knew what World Champions meant though. That pin quickly became one of my favorites and I kept it in a more prominent spot than the others. Still have it.

Here's a pic of the same button, not mine, and this one doesnt have the ribbons:
i.ebayimg.com/t/Vintage-1973-O...FyOQ~~60_35.JPG

Anyhow, fast forward about 3-4 years, to 1985. My mother wasn't a big baseball fan, but watched the World Series each year pretty religiously. I saw the drama, enjoyed it quite a bit, and when spring of 1986 rolled around, I was an interested party. My grandma reintroduced me to the A's - she enjoyed baseball a little more passionately than the rest of my family. She liked the Giants a bit too, but really leaned toward the A's, especially when I reminded her about that pin I'd favored all those years.

"That Canseco kid is going to be something. Just look at him!" she told me. Nobody bothered to tell me that the A's hadn't been "World Champions" for awhile. It's okay, I didnt have to wait too long.
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Posted: 01/08/2013 11:25 AM

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BigJ7489 wrote: Good thread, been a long time since we've done this.

I was a preschool-aged frontrunner, long story short.

When I was very young, my parents and I had a weekend routine of going yard sale hunting. Just for fun. My mom and dad were both antique junkies, and I sort of took after them, my niche being pinback buttons. They were colorful, fun, and in the early 80's they were everywhere. Cheap too, which mean I could have as many as I wanted, in essence.

One day we stopped at a yard sale, out in the country. I remember it quite well, and there was a bright green and gold button with green and gold ribbons hanging down, and a gold colored metal ball and glove. It read "The Swingin' A's, World Champions". I recognized that this was baseball related, though I had no idea yet who the A's were. I knew what World Champions meant though. That pin quickly became one of my favorites and I kept it in a more prominent spot than the others. Still have it.

Here's a pic of the same button, not mine, and this one doesnt have the ribbons:
i.ebayimg.com/t/Vintage-1973-O...FyOQ~~60_35.JPG

Anyhow, fast forward about 3-4 years, to 1985. My mother wasn't a big baseball fan, but watched the World Series each year pretty religiously. I saw the drama, enjoyed it quite a bit, and when spring of 1986 rolled around, I was an interested party. My grandma reintroduced me to the A's - she enjoyed baseball a little more passionately than the rest of my family. She liked the Giants a bit too, but really leaned toward the A's, especially when I reminded her about that pin I'd favored all those years.

"That Canseco kid is going to be something. Just look at him!" she told me. Nobody bothered to tell me that the A's hadn't been "World Champions" for awhile. It's okay, I didnt have to wait too long.
I have that same button.. LOL
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Posted: 01/08/2013 12:50 PM

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I grew up a Cardinals fan in St Louis, but always liked the A's -- even choosing an A's cap in 1973 over the ubiquitous Cardinal caps.  I moved to Oakland in 1984 and briefly rooted for both the Giants and A's, abandoning the Cardinals that year.  At the end of 1985 I saw a player that was not Rube Waddell and was hooked on the A's.  I rooted for the Giants as my NL team until about 1993 and then forgot about them.  Now I don't really have feelings positive or negative toward the Giants or Cardinals, and am totally focused on my love for the A's.
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Posted: 01/08/2013 12:55 PM

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WaddellCanseco wrote: I grew up a Cardinals fan in St Louis, but always liked the A's -- even choosing an A's cap in 1973 over the ubiquitous Cardinal caps.  I moved to Oakland in 1984 and briefly rooted for both the Giants and A's, abandoning the Cardinals that year.  At the end of 1985 I saw a player that was not Rube Waddell and was hooked on the A's.  I rooted for the Giants as my NL team until about 1993 and then forgot about them.  Now I don't really have feelings positive or negative toward the Giants or Cardinals, and am totally focused on my love for the A's.
Or as my Dad would say with his heavy North Eastern accent, "Tha Cads." Nice!!
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Posted: 01/08/2013 1:08 PM

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Cub Scout outing. 1969. I recall Ted "Smooth" Kubiak spoke to our pack... (Oakman may remember who he was)
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Posted: 01/08/2013 1:16 PM

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Let's just say one of my first memories was watching McGwire and Canseco go back to back at the Coliseum. Rest is history. Still got a my Mothers Cookies Player Cards I collected going to games as a kid.
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Posted: 01/08/2013 1:19 PM

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Moneyball the book, perpetual underdog storyline, original and recognizible color scheme.
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Posted: 01/08/2013 1:22 PM

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Born in Oakland, moved to the (farther) east bay and was obsessed with baseball from about age 6. My Dad grew up a Dodger fan but went to Berkeley and stuck around. Since back then they only televised local teams, a Dodger fan wasn't watching the giants so we watched the A's. My first memories are watching Tony Phillips hit for the cycle, following Canseco/McGwire/Weiss' back-to-back-to-back ROYs, and that my first Spanish word was Jose after being corrected when telling my Dad "this guy Josie Canseco seems like he's pretty good."
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Posted: 01/08/2013 1:26 PM

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jclay09 wrote: Born in Oakland, moved to the (farther) east bay and was obsessed with baseball from about age 6. My Dad grew up a Dodger fan but went to Berkeley and stuck around. Since back then they only televised local teams, a Dodger fan wasn't watching the giants so we watched the A's. My first memories are watching Tony Phillips hit for the cycle, following Canseco/McGwire/Weiss' back-to-back-to-back ROYs, and that my first Spanish word was Jose after being corrected when telling my Dad "this guy Josie Canseco seems like he's pretty good."
Nice!! That's what we called San Jose', "San Josie" when we moved to the west coast. And Salinas, we pronounced Salynas.. Go figure.. LOL
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Posted: 01/08/2013 1:33 PM

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You guys make me feel like the old geezer I probably am. I got hooked on the A's back in the Kansas City days (even though I grew up in Oregon) when, as a 6-year old, I felt sorry for them finishing in last place seemingly every year. Probably the only kid in the Pacific NW (or perhaps the US) excited to get an A's player whenever I opened a pack of baseball cards. I also liked the elephant logo. I remained very loyal through some really bad teams. When the A's moved to Oakland, I could hear the games at night on KNBR (Monte Moore) and got even more excited. My patience was rewarded in the early 70s and sporadically ever since. I just can't imagine rooting for another team....ever.
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Posted: 01/08/2013 1:33 PM

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I never cared about baseball when I was a younger kid. My dad was a pretty big Raiders fan, but he never watched baseball that I can remember. I remember getting home after school, turning on the TV and being excited about my favorite shows coming on. Often, Giants games would come on in place of my shows so I soon gained a disdain for SF before I even cared about baseball. Watching the 4 game sweep in '89 is probably my favorite sports memory ever, especially cause all of my friends were/are Giants fans.

Fast forward to the end of the '87 season... My dad brought me home autographed pictures of Mark McGwire and Jose Canseco that he had gotten from the card shop we would always go to in San Jose. We collected Raiders cards, but didn't pay much attention to baseball. Anyway, he told me that Canseco and McGwire reminded him of two of his favorite players when he was a kid- Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris. I went to my first game in mid '88 with my neighbors, A's won 5-4 over Boston, and I believe that Gene Nelson started that game. Got hooked after that, saw another game at the end of the year, A's won 7-1, Canseco hit his 41st of the year (when he went 40/40), and I remember Steinbach hit one out as we were leaving. Been hooked on them since.

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Posted: 01/08/2013 1:44 PM

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I grew up in SoCal, but spent much of my summers in Northern California near the Oregon border. My grandparents spent their summers there to get out of the heat. My grandmother loved baseball so it was always on if a game was on TV. I assume because Oakland was the closest team, a station there played a bunch of the games. I think the first season I started to watch them was McGwire's first season. Right around there anyway. Of course that was a great time to learn about the A's as those teams ended up really strong there for a bit. I've stuck with them ever since. Including going to as many games in person as I could when I worked in San Jose for 5 years.
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Posted: 01/08/2013 1:51 PM

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Chico10 wrote: I went to my first game in mid '88 with my neighbors, A's won 5-4 over Boston, and I believe that Gene Nelson started that game. 
Maybe this one?:
http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/OAK/OAK198 805290.shtml
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Posted: 01/08/2013 2:03 PM

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BigJ7489 wrote:
Chico10 wrote: I went to my first game in mid '88 with my neighbors, A's won 5-4 over Boston, and I believe that Gene Nelson started that game. 
Maybe this one?:
http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/OAK/OAK198 805290.shtml
I'm still waiting to hear how zitoforpres bacame an A's fan and if he still is, or never was one? It's hard to figure out sometimes with some of his posted comments? Any speculations out there from some of you??

 As for me, I became an A's fan back in 1989, when my brother took me to my 1st game. A World Series game (post earthquake) vs Gnats!! Been bleading Green and Gold ever since. Let's Go Oakland!!
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Posted: 01/08/2013 2:13 PM

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PureAdrenaline wrote:
I'm still waiting to hear how zitoforpres bacame an A's fan and if he still is, or never was one?
Would the Dos Equis guy answer this question?
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Posted: 01/08/2013 2:30 PM

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My first A's game was also in '89; Stew pitched a 1-0 shutout vs the Royals. We sat in the top row of the upper deck...years later when I really started going to A's games (1994-98ish) when the team was terrible and Coliseum empty, it was hard for me to fathom how popular they were during their WS years.
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Posted: 01/08/2013 2:37 PM

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BanditoB wrote:
PureAdrenaline wrote:
I'm still waiting to hear how zitoforpres bacame an A's fan and if he still is, or never was one?
Would the Dos Equis guy answer this question?
Not saying anything can sometimes say a lot.. IMO
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