News & Notes about the A's Upcoming Homestand

On Friday, July 15, the A's return home after the All-Star break to open second half play against the Toronto Blue Jays, Houston Astros and Tampa Bay Rays. The 10-game homestand includes a number of promotions and special ticket offers: Craft Beerfest (Friday, July 15), the Hello Kitty Bobblehead Giveaway (Saturday, July 16), Zubazpalooza (Sunday, July 17), Play Ball 5K Run (Sunday, July 17), the 17th Annual A's Root Beer Float Day (Tuesday, July 19), Bark at the Park (Friday, July 22), and Day on the Green Fireworks (Saturday, July 23).

The complete homestand schedule is below...

FRIDAY, JULY 15 ... TORONTO BLUE JAYS ... 7:05 P.M. ... CSNCA

  • Authentic Fan Friday, presented by CSN California
  • Friday Family Pack ticket offer
  • Craft Beerfest, 5 - 7 p.m. (special ticket) 
  • Jedi Warriors
  • 3B Field Visit: U.S. Bank
  • First Pitches: KPIX's Roberta Gonzalez; Draft Kings representative
  • National Anthem/O'Canada: Joanne Leung
  • Breast Cancer Awareness Day sales, behind section 120 (ends after top of third inning)
  • Kids Club: Water Kid

SATURDAY, JULY 16 ... TORONTO BLUE JAYS ... 1:05 P.M. ... CSNCA

  • Hello Kitty Bobblehead (15,000 fans)
  • First Pitches: Oakland Little League Coach Roscoe Bryant; Hello Kitty
  • National Anthem/O'Canada: Ernestine Balisi
  • Little A's, presented by Bank of America and supported by the Oakland Zoo, the Clorox Foundation and Capitol Corridor
  • 50/50 Raffle
  • Breast Cancer Awareness Day sales, behind section 120 (ends after top of third inning)
  • A's Community Fund Silent Auction, benefiting BIA, behind Section 120
  • Kids Club: Steal the Base 

SUNDAY, JULY 17 ... TORONTO BLUE JAYS ... 1:05 P.M. ... CSNCA

  • Play Ball 5K
  • Zubazpalooza (special ticket)
  • 3B Visit: Australian Little League visit with Liam Hendriks, 10:30 a.m.
  • Pregame visit: WWE Superstars for Hope visit with Josh Reddick, 10:30 a.m.
  • Take the Field
  • First Pitches: Elena Griffing representing Sutter Health; Australian Little Leaguer
  • National Anthem/O'Canada: Lisa Parente
  • 50/50 Raffle
  • Breast Cancer Awareness Day sales, behind section 120 (ends after top of third inning)
  • A's Community Fund Silent Auction, benefiting Mended Hearts, behind Section 120
  • Kids Club: Guest PA, third inning
  • Postgame: Race Around the Bases

MONDAY, JULY 18 ... HOUSTON ASTROS ... 7:05 P.M. ... CSNCA

  • Pregame presentation: Jefferson Students in Action Awards
  • First Pitch: A's fan Kyler Crawford
  • National Anthem: Jsun Jasper
  • Breast Cancer Awareness Day sales, behind section 120 (ends after top of third inning)

TUESDAY, JULY 19 ... HOUSTON ASTROS ... 7:05 P.M. ... CSNCA

  • Free Parking Tuesday
  • Root Beer Float Day presented by Dexcom, Dreyer's, Whole Foods Market and Zevia, 5 - 7 p.m.
  • Take the Field
  • First Pitch: Former A's player Terrence Long representing Root Beer Float Day
  • National Anthem: Teana Boston
  • 50/50 Raffle
  • Breast Cancer Awareness Day sales, behind section 120 (ends after top of third inning)
  • A's Community Fund Silent Auction, benefiting JDRF, behind Section 120

WEDNESDAY, JULY 20 ... HOUSTON ASTROS ... 12:35 P.M. ... MLB NETWORK

  • Food Bank Wednesday presented by Lagunitas
  • First Pitch: NetSuite representative
  • National Anthem: Keith Varon
  • PG&E #AItForward Youth Media Day, 10 - 11:30 a.m.
  • Senior Day
  • Little A's, presented by Bank of America and supported by the Oakland Zoo, the Clorox Foundation and Capitol Corridor
  • Breast Cancer Awareness Day sales, behind section 120 (ends after top of third inning

THURSDAY, JULY 21 ... TAMPA BAY RAYS ... 7:05 P.M. ... CSNCA

  • Rapid Deal Day presented by BARTable
  • Chevron STEM Zone clinic, on the field, 10 a.m. - noon
  • Pregame presentation: Bay Area All-Star Scholarship Team
  • First Pitch: CSNCA representative, Chevron representative
  • National Anthem: Oakland Interfaith Choir
  • Breast Cancer Awareness Day sales, behind section 120 (ends after top of third inning)

FRIDAY, JULY 22 ... TAMPA BAY RAYS ... 7:05 P.M. ... CSNCA

  • Fitness Sluggers Field Day, MLK Park in Richmond, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Stephen Vogt School of Imagination visit, 10:30 a.m. - noon
  • Authentic Fan Friday, presented by CSN California
  • Friday Family Pack ticket offer
  • Bark at the Park presented by Avoderm, Nylabone and Petsmart (special ticket)
  • Jedi Warriors
  • Josh Phegley ITP Visit
  • First Pitch: Bark at the Park representative
  • National Anthem: Lanisa Keith
  • Breast Cancer Awareness Day sales, behind section 120 (ends after top of third inning)
  • Kids Club: Water Kid

SATURDAY, JULY 23 ... TAMPA BAY RAYS ... 6:05 P.M. ... CSNCA

  • Danny Valencia fan meet and greet, Dublin XFINITY Store, 11 a.m. - noon
  • Chevy Coaches Clinic, on the field, noon - 2 p.m.
  • Day on the Green Fireworks presented by Lagunitas
  • Day on the Green Blanket (special ticket)
  • First Pitch: Lagunitas representative
  • National Anthem: Noah Kibreab
  • 50/50 Raffle
  • Breast Cancer Awareness Day sales, behind section 120 (ends after top of third inning)
  • A's Community Fund Silent Auction, benefiting Oakland Originals, behind Section 120
  • Kids Club: Steal the Base

SUNDAY, JULY 24 ... TAMPA BAY RAYS ... 1:05 P.M. ...CSNCA

  • Strike Our Stroke awareness campaign
  • UMPS Cares
  • A's Amigos
  • Take the Field
  • First Pitch: Sean Entin representing Strike Out Stroke
  • National Anthem: Jiana Alfiche
  • 50/50 Raffle
  • Breast Cancer Awareness Day sales, behind section 120 (ends after top of third inning)
  • A's Community Fund Silent Auction, benefiting Art for Life, behind Section 120
  • Kids Club: Guest PA, third inning
  • Postgame: Race Around the Bases

**For additional information about the promotions or events listed above, please visit athletics.com.

Promotions & Special Events
Craft Beerfest: The A's inaugural Craft Beerfest will take place before the game on Friday, July 15 from 5 - 7 p.m. in the Eastside Club. The special ticket includes two pours for fans 21 years and older, a commemorative pilsner glass, and game ticket. Breweries scheduled to appear include: Ballast Point, Drakes, Elysian, Firestone Walker, Fat Tire, Lagunitas, Redhook, Sierra Nevada, Strike, and Sonoma Springs. To purchase a ticket to the Craft Beerfest, visit athletics.com/beerfest

Hello Kitty Bobblehead: The beloved worldwide phenomenon of Hello Kitty is back on Saturday, July 16 when 15,000 fans receive this year's version, which features Hello Kitty in full A's catcher's gear.

Play Ball 5K: Corrigan Sports, in partnership with the Oakland A's Community Fund, will host the second annual Play Ball 5K, sponsored by Alhambra Water, on Sunday, July 17, at the Coliseum. The Play Ball 5K will start on the field at 9 a.m. All 5K entrants will receive a ticket to that day's 1:05 p.m. game. A portion of proceeds will benefit the A's Community Fund. More information is available at athletics.com/playball5k.

AAA and American Red Cross Emergency Preparedness Booth: On July 17, AAA Northern California and the American Red Cross will be at the game helping make sure A's fans have a plan in place in the event of an emergency or natural disaster. Exhibits include an earthquake simulator in front of Gate D, and information booths behind section 217.

Elena Griffing first pitch: Lifelong A's fan Elena Griffing will throw out the ceremonial first pitch before the Sunday, July 17 game versus the Blue Jays. The 90-year-old Sutter Health Alta Bates Summit Medical Center employee is celebrating her 70th year of employment. 

Zubazpalooza: On Sunday, July 17, A's fans who pre-purchase the Zubazpalooza special ticket will receive a green and gold tiger-striped Zubaz performance T-shirt at the game. To purchase this special ticket offer, visit athletics.com/zubazpalooza.

A's 17th Annual Root Beer Float Day: On Tuesday, July 19, A's players, coaches, and local celebrities will serve root beer floats to fans at the 17th Annual Root Beer Float Day from 5 - 7 p.m., with proceeds benefitting JDRF. Floats are $3 each, or fans can get unlimited floats and a souvenir mug for an additional donation. This event has raised more than $400,000 over the years. This year's event is sponsored by Dexcom, Dreyer's, Whole Foods and Zevia.

Bark at the Park: Fans who pre-purchase a special ticket can bring their dog to the Friday, July 22 game during Bark at the Park, presented by Avoderm, Nylabone, and Petsmart. All participants will also have the chance to participate in a puppy parade before the game. To purchase this special ticket offer, visit athletics.com/bark.

Danny Valencia XFINITY Store Visit: Danny Valencia will be signing autographs for fans on Saturday, July 23 from 11 a.m. - noon at the XFINITY Store at 4104 Grafton Street in Dublin. This opportunity is limited to the first 150 fans.

Day on the Green Fireworks, presented by Lagunitas: Relive the classic Day on the Green with a postgame fireworks show on Saturday, July 23, presented by Lagunitas. The show will be set to music from select "Day on the Green" performers, including the Rolling Stones, David Bowie, The Who, U2, Led Zeppelin and others. Fans can enjoy the show from the outfield grass (space permitting).

CSN A's Authentic Fan Friday: Every Friday home game, fans in the value deck, sections 316 - 318, will receive a giveaway, a personalized photo booth card, $6 food or merchandise value, and more. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit csncalifornia.com/AFF.

Friday Family Pack: Friday night at the ballpark is made for families with the Friday Family Pack. Fans can get four plaza level tickets, four Coliseum hot dogs, four medium sodas, and four bags of peanuts for just $60. For more information, visit athletics.com/familypack.

A's Kids Club: Kids Club members have the chance to be selected to participate in in-game activities, including "Water Kid" during select Friday games, "Steal the Base" during select Saturday games, and "Guest P.A. Announcer" during select Sunday games. Membership kits can be purchased online at athletics.com or at Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday home games behind Section 113.

 

Community Relations
Breast Cancer Awareness Day Fundraising Table: At each game throughout this homestand, fans will have the opportunity to purchase Breast Cancer Awareness Day pins, caps and necklaces with proceeds benefiting breast cancer education, research and awareness. Also, once again, the A's will be raffling off a custom-made autographed quilt; raffle tickets for the quilt are $5 each. The fundraising table will be set up behind section 120.

50/50 Raffle: The Oakland A's Community Fund hosts a 50/50 Raffle at select games throughout the season. One fan will win half of the gross proceeds raised at each game, with the remaining proceeds benefiting the Community Fund. Ticket sales run from when stadium gates open through the bottom of the 6th inning. Fans can purchase tickets at the kiosk located at section 217 or from a roaming ticket seller. The winner will be announced in the eighth inning.

Australian Little League visit with Liam Hendriks: Liam Hendriks will host 80 Australian Little Leaguers and their families at the Sunday, July 17 game. The group is the U.S. for a tournament. Hendriks will host a meet and greet before the game and one lucky Little Leaguer will throw out the ceremonial first pitch to Hendriks.

WWE's Superstars for Hope visit with Josh Reddick: Josh Reddick will meet with an auction winner from the WWE's charitable arm before the Sunday, July 17 game.

Food Bank Wednesdays: On Wednesday, July 20 (and select Wednesdays throughout the season), volunteers will be on-site to help collect cans of food and monetary donations before the game to benefit the Alameda County Food Bank. With every five cans donated or $5 contribution, fans will receive a buy one get one free ticket voucher for a future game.

PG&E #AItForward Media Day: The A's and PG&E are hosting students from Youth Radio (Oakland) for a special #AItForward Media Day on Wednesday, July 20 from 10 - 11:30 a.m. Youth Radio is an award-winning media production company that trains young people in digital media and technology with the mission to launch them into careers in those fields. These students participating in the Media Day will have unique opportunities to interact with A's front office, radio & TV broadcasters, and beat writers to get insight on what it takes to be successful in professional sports media. Fans can follow the story with the hashtag #AItForward.

Chevron STEM Zone Clinic: On Thursday, July 21, more than 100 Richmond Little Leaguers will participate in an on-field clinic from 10 a.m. - noon to inspire science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) learning through the science of sports. Celebrity coaches for the clinic include Shooty Babitt, Zachary Babitt, Mike Felder, John "Blue Moon" Odom, and Bip Roberts.

Bay Area All-Star Scholarship Team: The Bay Area All-Star Scholarship Team was formed in 1996 and is a partnership established by the Oakland A's, Golden State Warriors, Oakland Raiders, San Francisco 49ers, San Francisco Giants, San Jose Earthquakes and San Jose Sharks. The team consists of seven student-athletes, with each award recipient earning a $3,000 scholarship and recognition at various events, including before the A's vs. Rays game on Thursday, July 21. This year's A's winner is Luis Mendoza from Richmond High School.

School of Imagination visit: Stephen Vogt will visit with students at Dublin's School of Imagination on Friday, July 22, from 10:30 a.m. - noon. Vogt makes regular visits to the school throughout the season. The program is supported by Azusa Pacific University, Vogt's alma mater.

Fitness Sluggers, sponsored by Sutter Health, Field Day: The A's will host the Fitness Sluggers Field Day for children from the Richmond YMCA at MLK Park in Richmond on Friday, July 22. The clinic will feature activity stations to encourage children to get outside and play. The event is part of the A's Fitness Sluggers program, sponsored by Sutter Health.

Jedi Warriors: Jed Lowrie hosts families from the Wounded Warriors Project at select games throughout the season through his "Jedi Warriors" program. Lowrie will host meet and greets before the games on July 15 and 22.

PDSA/ITP visit with Josh Phegley: Josh Phegley regularly visits with children from the Platelet Disorder Support Association (PDSA) to help raise awareness for Idiopathic Thrombocytophenic Purpura, or ITP, a rare condition that results in low blood platelets. Phegley was diagnosed with ITP in 2010. He'll host a meet and greet with families before the July 22 game.

Chevy Coaches Clinic: Each season, the A's coaches host hundreds of aspiring youth baseball players in a series of Chevrolet Coaches Clinics. The first of two events this season is set for Saturday, July 23. Children participate in pitching, throwing, fielding, catching, base running, and hitting workshops to fine-tune their skills. Following the clinic, participants get A's ticket vouchers and coaches' autographs, courtesy of Chevrolet and the Bay Area Chevrolet dealer group.

Strike Out Stroke: On Sunday, July 24, fans will receive educational information on the importance of recognizing a stroke during The United Stroke Alliance program, Strike out Stroke, the country's largest grassroots stroke symptom awareness campaign. Stroke survivor, Sean Entin will throw out the ceremonial first pitch. He suffered a massive stroke four years ago at 38 years old.

A's Amigos: The A's Amigos program gives bilingual Spanish-speaking children from non-profit organizations the opportunity to interact with bilingual A's players. Participants are able to learn about the value of sportsmanship and hard work from their role models. In addition to the pregame chat, each child receives a game ticket and an A's cap. A's Amigos is sponsored by Kelly-Moore Paints.

Little A's: During select games throughout the season, youth and their chaperones from nonprofit organizations will have the opportunity to attend the A's game free of charge. In addition to a game ticket, each child receives a pair of A's themed socks and child-admission pass to the Oakland Zoo. The Little A's program is presented by Bank of America and supported by the Oakland Zoo, the Clorox Foundation, and Capitol Corridor.

Take the Field with the A's: The Take the Field with the A's program gives youth baseball and softball teams the chance to live out their Major League dreams. As part of this program, youth players from a local baseball or softball team join Oakland A's players on the field during the National Anthem.

A's Community Fund Silent Auction: Every Saturday and Sunday home game (and other select games), the A's Community Fund hosts a silent auction featuring signed and unsigned A's memorabilia as well as game-used items. The silent auctions are located in the A's fan center behind section 120 and end with the last out in the bottom of the fifth inning.