Ceremonial Cherry Tree Planting With the Consulate General of Japan

Tomodachi (Friendship) Night with the Oakland Athletics
A’s vs. Tampa Bay Rays
July 31, 2012 at 7:05 p.m.

Co-presented by the Oakland A’s and the Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco

  • Ceremonial Cherry Tree planting at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum entrance (grass area between 66th Ave. and the Creekside parking lot) at 5:30 p.m., celebrating the U.S.-Japan Cherry Blossom Centennial. Consul General Hiroshi Inomata and A’s President Michael Crowley are confirmed to participate.
  • As part of the Tomodachi Softbank Leadership Program, 300 students from the affected region of the Great East Japan Earthquake will attend the game.  Some of these students will participate in the ceremonial tree-planting and pre-game activities on the field, including throwing out the ceremonial first pitch and standing with A’s players during the national anthem.
  • A video featuring the MLB Tomodachi program and its efforts in the tsunami recovery will be shown on the stadium video board just prior to the game.

Ceremonial Cherry Tree Planting:
2012 marks the centennial of 3,000 cherry trees that were gifted by Japan to the United States. In celebration of the anniversary, the Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco is planting young cherry trees throughout Northern California and Nevada.  The ceremonial cherry tree plantings are part of an on-going effort to strengthen ties and increase the bonds of friendship between the United States and Japan.
The Tomodachi Program:
Through its Tomodachi program, Major League Baseball is supporting the efforts to help Japan recover from the tragic 2011 earthquake and tsunami.  In March of this year, as part of the Opening Series between the A’s and the Seattle Mariners, MLB donated $500K to rebuild a youth baseball complex damaged by the tsunami in the Sendai region.  As part of that initiative, A’s and Mariners players visited the field just prior to the opening series to help present the check and to provide a baseball clinic for Japanese youth from the area.
The A’s are offering ticket specials for this event for groups of 25 or more. Groups of 100 or more qualify for an on-field visit for four to watch batting practice. For pricing and more information, please contact Phil Chapman, A’s Senior Account Manager, at 510-638-4900 ext. 3013.