On Saturday, July 19, the clouds were high and it was a beautiful day at the Oakland Coliseum.

At the Oakland A’s 25th anniversary tailgate party commemorating the famous “Battle of the Bay” between the A’s and SF Giants, fans displayed or carried posters and other personal icons from that incredible 1989 season. And, with both the A’s and the Giants leading their leagues, the smart money was having another Bay Series this year.

This celebration of fandom included ritual cooking and communion in beer and other beverages, as well as family, local pride and passing traditions across generations.

The parking space was the pew for this group religious experience and families gathered around hot grills, cold coolers and cakes iced with A’s insignia. Fathers pitched to young boys and girls in baseball caps, and people shared the lore of Billy Ball.

IMG_6123Oaklandish set up a truck stand where Kat Lineback sold T-shirts and held a bean bag toss for prizes. They also held an 80s dance contest where Drew Martin leaped his way into winning (pictured below). The DJs were DJ Criddy and eazeYOURmind, and the MC was Milt Williams (also pictured below).

Aaron Higgins, Operations Manager for Oaklandish, was pleased with the event. “We will hopefully do the event next year, but we will probably move the event back to how it was originally done on opening day,” he told Oakland Local.

Although the weather was great, the A’s lost to the Baltimore Orioles 8-4 on Saturday. They won the next day, though, so the dream stays alive: Oakland versus San Francisco, but without the earthquake.

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