By Joe Stiglich
Monday, July 21st, 2008 at 4:21 pm in Uncategorized.
Just had first pitch here at Tropicana Field, which still has the feel of a Costco more than a baseball stadium if you ask me. I’ve read a lot in the national media about how much the atmosphere has changed at Rays games, how much bigger and enthusiastic the crowds are (as well they should be, with how good this team is). But from talking to a couple regulars who cover the team, attendance is still an issue except for when the Red Sox or Yankees are in town or if there’s a special promotion. The Rays are big on Saturday postgame concerts. They brought M.C. Hammer in recently. Coming soon: L.L. Cool J!! (no joke).
Today’s A’s transaction: Infielder Brooks Conrad was called up, Donnie Murphy was designated for assignment (the A’s have 10 days to trade him, release him or send him to the minors if he clears waivers). Conrad is a switch hitter who had 21homers and 67 RBI at Triple-A, though he was hitting just .242. He’s in the lineup at third base, and Bob Geren likes the fact he can play all the infield positions and has some pop. Can it hurt with the way the A’s have swung the bat?
Conrad is 28 and this is his first trip to the big leagues after seven-plus seasons in the minors. You have to feel good for the guy. The A’s have had so many young players shuttle between Oakland and Sacramento in the past two seasons, it’s easy to lose track of who’s been where. But it’s really cool when a new player walks into the clubhouse before his first major league game. Congratulations all around … he has to ask where everything is, just like someone’s first day at the office. Just so happens this office looks a lot like Costco …