Turning back time at Tropicana Field

Well, it’s 80’s night at Tropicana Field, and since I was off the day the A’s held their 80’s night, I’m glad I’m here for this one. I graduated from high school in 1993, but my music taste is hopelessly stuck in the prior decade. The Go-Go’s are playing a postgame concert, and I’m actually excited to see them. I’m feeling absolutely no shame in that last sentence. I make no apology for being a fan of the 80’s hair bands, so admitting I get into the Go-Go’s ain’t nothin’. And the Goo-Goo Dolls are playing a postgame show Saturday night, so we’ll get our 90’s fix too.

–As I’ve written before, it’s always a quirky scene at the Trop. It’s baseball under a tent, and there’s always the chance of a homer hitting one of the catwalks. A’s manager Bob Melvin referred to it as “pinball machine-type stuff.” Well put … On a serious note, Melvin said it’s crucial that outfielders take enough fly balls during batting practice so they get used to tracking the ball.

–Shortstop Cliff Pennington returns to the lineup. He’s still feeling the effects of Bell’s palsy (the blink reflex in his left eye still isn’t normal), but he said he’s good enough to play. He does have to wear protective glasses while on defense. The lenses are clear and non-prescription. The A’s ordered them from Nike, and Pennington had black and white frames to choose from. “We’ll see what the guys think,” he said. I saw him taking the black ones out to batting practice.

–Right fielder David DeJesus is back from a sore right thumb too.

Here’s the lineups:
A’s — Weeks 2B, Crisp CF, Matsui DH, Willingham LF, DeJesus RF, Jackson 1B, Pennington SS, Suzuki C, Sizemore 3B; Moscoso RHP.

Rays — Jennings LF, Damon DH, Longoria 3B, Zobrist 2B, Kotchman 1B, Upton CF, Joyce RF, Chirinos C, Rodriguez SS; Niemann RHP.

**POP QUIZ: Who can name more than two Go-Go’s songs without turning to Google? There’s no prize if you’re able to, just a boatload of respect from yours truly …

Joe Stiglich

  • Stan

    It was a early 1980’s loss for the A’s.
    I wonder when Beane,Wolff and the Fisher family will feel guilt at making one of the greatest team franchises ever of MLB history into a welfare machine?
    I guess when they cashed their first revenue sharing check..we fans were doomed.

  • Stan

    We got the beat and Vacation…

  • Stan

    And that was from my cabeza..no cheating. Now,if want a third?..I’m stuck.

  • Joe Stiglich

    I believe you, and I’m impressed. There’s a third obvious one that was maybe their biggest hit besides “We Got The Beat.”

  • Stan

    hmm,thats a toughie Joe. I’m going to have to ruminate on that for awhile…
    And considering I’m the same age as a couple of Go-go ‘s-Belinda Carlyle and I think the cute pixie hairdo one. It’s kind of sad,she still has that same pixie do at 53 that she had in her college age days. And to think when I was a kid in the early 70’s I would think how old fashioned aunts and uncles and old movie stars were to have greased hair or woman with the orange can curls…now us baby boomers are suffering oldageitis!