A lively DIY farewell to the Oakland Athletics

All signs point to Vegas for the A's, but that didn't stop thousands of fans attending a "reverse boycott" game Tuesday evening.

Piedmont loves the Oakland A’s too.

The A’s, once rooted in Oakland, are all but certainly headed for Vegas. But on Tuesday evening a fan-led “reverse boycott” months in the making saw nearly 28,000 supporters converge on the Coliseum, among them this Exedra editor.

Fans crowdsourced a t-shirt giveaway — the word SELL emblazoned on Kelly green — and arranged food vendors, musicians, a DJ, and games in a tailgate that was roaring with energy soon after the B lot gates opened at 4 p.m.

And then, a tightly paced game, perfect weather, the loudest and most ebullient crowd any fan could ask for, and a 2-1 victory for the home team. It was the best possible of sad farewells.

Heartfelt love for the team spans generations in this family.
Fans organized a sign-making table open to all at the pre-game tailgate.
Dallas Braden, famed former pitcher for the A's, greets a young fan at Tuesday's game.
Famed former A’s pitcher Dallas Braden (in cap) greets a young fan near the free “SELL” t-shirt giveaway.

Cornhole with a twist — a photo of A’s President Dave Kaval’s face is the target.
A big crowd cheers on the home team.
Crowd-funded signs distributed to fans urge A’s owner John Fisher to sell the team and new management.

Anson Casanares, an organizer with the Oakland A’s fan non-profit The Oakland 68’s, leads the right field bleachers fans in game chants in the face of a 1-1 score.
And then it was over. Teen fans with “SELL” t-shirts and souvenir soda cups take in the bittersweet win.

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