Sunday, August 14, 2011

Ay Caramba! A's Disappoint All Cultures

By Kibby Kleiman
Sun, Aug 14, 2011 at 10:19 PM

Today was Fiesta Day at the Coliseum, and the Athletics celebrated by giving the Texas Rangers a going-away party. The visitors completed their sweep, giving A's fans a taste of pennant baseball for the last six weeks of the season. It won't be much fun for us, the piñata in this play, as teams with something to play for are going to beat us like a tambourine. But this weekend's beatings were made somehow worse by sad promotions — like Friday's Italian Heritage Day, which featured a warmed-over Rat Pack trio who drew well-earned boos every time they appeared, taking some of the heat off the A's terrible defense.

Why we would want to see faux Frankie, Dino and Sammie is one question; the next would be why they thought singing about New York would be well received. The As' eager-but-overmatched in-game host, Kara Tsuboi, tried to install some spirit, but didn't really have a clever comeback for the boos that rained down on the Flat Pack. Their swingin' rendition of "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" wasn't a lot better received. The A's should either drop such half-hearted entertainments or go all the way, e.g. having the guy do all the Public Address announcing in Italian. Or making the dot racing dots the same colors of the Italian flag

Saturday, the only ethnicity being feted were the Ray Fosse true believers, who got a bobblehead. And tday celebrated Latinos—sort of.

The A's can't be blamed for trying, but they can be blamed for the tentative nature of almost everything this season. We're not fish but foul, and there is one week left of a home stand that will wrap up August in Oakland. If you're looking for a souvenir, next weekend features "mini-cars" on Saturday and Kids exercise mats on Sunday. Story of the season, Oakland.

Think small.

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