Jesse Hahn’s Positives

I spent part of the morning looking up the information on obtaining a death certificate. It was really quite upsetting. I went over to the post office to buy a sheet of stamps, and the woman at the counter was exceptionally unfriendly. I bought envelopes at Dollar Tree, along with a package of batteries. I was sweaty and had to take a shower. Was it going to rain again? It didn’t look like it would happen. I sat down to grade some papers and then went out for a late lunch at Bongo Burger. I gave a brief lecture to my class and spoke with the security guard about her dental problems. I then took the BART train over to the Coliseum. I saw a young woman hand a $20 bill to a sleepy, poor old man on crutches. She was much more generous than I was. A lot of cars were in the stadium parking lot, although many of them were there because of the Fleetwood Mac concert at the Oracle Arena. I arrived late, and so missed seeing the A’s scoring opportunity in the first inning. Sam Fuld singled, and Eric Sogard walked, but then Ben Zobrist fouled out, and Billy Butler hit into a 5-4-3 double play. We witnessed our first marriage proposal in the stadium before the start of the second inning. Some goofballs nearby just had to make funny faces and wave at the camera during the tender moment. Jesse Hahn allowed one run in the third inning when he hit the first batter with a pitch, and he would later score on a single. Colby Lewis, the Rangers’ pitcher, nearly loaded the bases with no outs to begin the game, but then he settled down and allowed only a walk to Craig Gentry and a single to Ike Davis for the rest of the first five innings. The video of This Date in A’s History was from 2002 and showed Eric Chavez in action. When a group of fans played Name That Tune, the tune happened to be “Firework” by Katy Perry. The fifth inning was a bad one for Hahn. With one out, he allowed two runs on three consecutive singles, but a terrible error by Craig Gentry contributed to one run. He certainly hasn’t looked good to start the season. Colby Lewis had been working quickly and keeping the pace of the game moving briskly. He finally coughed up a run when Sam Fuld hit a triple down the right field line and then scored on Sogard’s ground ball out to shortstop. Hahn had ended his night with a clean sixth inning, and Eric O’Flaherty came in to pitch the top of the seventh inning. He struck out the first two batters, and then allowed a single before getting a ground ball to first base for the third out. The bottom of the inning was the last and best chance for the A’s to get back into the game. Billy Butler singled and Ike Davis walked to start things off, but then Brett Lawrie had a bad at-bat, swinging at all three pitches he saw and missing for a strikeout. He didn’t even move the runners over, which was frustrating because Stephen Vogt singled. Without a pinch-runner for Butler, the A’s didn’t score on Vogt’s hit. Marcus Semien hit into a 6-3 double play, and so the promising inning went for nothing. Jesse Chavez came into the game and pitched a clean eighth inning. In the bottom of the inning, Gentry struck out, Fuld lined out, and Sogard grounded out. It looked like the spark of the Opening Night was missing. Chavez got the first out of the ninth inning, but then he hit the next batter with a pitch. It was in fact the third batter hit by an A’s pitcher in the game. Bob Melvin brought in Fernando Abad, who got the next two batters out on a fly ball to second and a ground ball to first. We didn’t see the John Belushi Animal House video clip before the bottom of the ninth inning. It didn’t start very well with Ben Zobrist grounding out and Butler lining out. With the game just about to end on a ground ball, Ike Davis reached first base on an error. Brett Lawrie had been looking bad at the plate all night, but he had a chance to do something. However, he struck out very quickly to end the game quietly. He went 0-for-4 in the game with four strikeouts. He, Zobrist, and Semien were the three A’s players not to reach base safely in the game. Jesse Hahn pitched decently, but nobody got a big hit to support him. The attendance was 15,025, and the length of the game was 2:30. I walked over to the box office to see about buying more tickets, but the windows were closed. The sellers weren’t motivated on a cold night. It was a rather lackluster game, and I wondered if I would have got more enjoyable out of the Fleetwood Mac concert. I got home and thought about when this paperwork would end. I was anxious for my week of work to come to an end. I heard the news that Stan Freberg had died. I first heard of him through the Dr. Demento radio show years ago, and I thought his parodies of Dragnet and Lawrence Welk were hilarious. He also did bits on “Heartbreak Hotel” and “Day-O.” He was 88 years old. I checked the A’s website to see that I got the play-by-play right in my scorebook. I got the news that one of my co-workers had retired, leaving me as the second oldest person in my workplace. That was rather sobering. It seems that people want to leave California after they retire because of the high cost of living here. I don’t know how I am supposed to survive here once my working days are over. Some of the people who died on April 8 include Gaetano Donizetti (1848), Pablo Picasso (1973), Omar Bradley (1981), Ben Johnson (1996), and Laura Nyro (1997). According to the Brandon Brooks Rewind radio segment for April 8, “This is the Night,” which was Cary Grant’s feature film debut, was released in 1932. In 1985, John Frederick Coots, known for writing the classic Christmas song “Santa Claus is Coming to Town,” died at age 87. In 1990, the David Lynch television series “Twin Peaks” made its debut on ABC.

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