An estimated 15,000 A’s fans were treated to giveaway food and good continue Saturday during a team’s annual FanFest, reason during Jack London Square for a initial time given 1999, and a good vibes were palpable.
“Best FanFest ever,” pronounced Debbie Rose, 54, of Castro Valley. “The best accessibility, we got to see all my favorite players. It feels like they put A’s fans first. I’m starting to feel carefree about things.”
New organisation boss Dave Kaval earned soap-box reviews from fans for creation a eventuality giveaway and for relocating a eventuality from a Coliseum to a plcae circuitously downtown, and a waterfront site had some-more than a few in assemblage meditative about a track nearby.
“Just devising what it could be if there was a ballpark down here,” pronounced Michael Schultz, 32, of Alameda. “Dave Kaval has brought so most life to a team, we think. Very cool.”
“Cautiously optimistic,” pronounced Schultz’s brother, Tom Schultz of Oakland.
Jacqueline Peters, 58, of Watsonville pronounced a initial thing she did was conduct to a food trucks for lunch (chicken) and dessert (vanilla custard).
“The fact it’s all giveaway shows a lot of goodwill toward a fans,” Peters said. “And no rain! They couldn’t have finished this dual weeks ago, so this is great. It’s so good to be means to travel around here and see friends.”
The A’s players and coaches were only as eager about a pierce to Jack London Square, with manager Bob Melvin musing during a Q and A event about how pleasing a waterfront environment competence be for a prolonged term.
“I consider this is awesome,” reliever Sean Doolittle said. “I consider it’s really, unequivocally good a organisation is embracing Oakland and unequivocally reaching out to re-energize a fans and make a joining to Oakland.”
“Being right down here circuitously downtown, in Jack London Square, it’s so fan friendly,” A’s starter Kendall Graveman said. “I like it better, we unequivocally do. And no sleet — maybe that’s a good pointer for a year.”
Kaval told The Chronicle progressing in a week that a organisation is still evaluating 3 or 4 track sites, and on Saturday, he had drones contemplating FanFest to get an thought of throng upsurge and feet trade for a intensity Howard Terminal location.
“It’s unfit to travel around and see all a appetite and unrestrained and not feel excited,” ubiquitous manager David Forst said. “Ultimately, what this leads to stays to be see, though this is a good display of A’s fans and A’s excitement. A outrageous partial of what Dave wants to do is bond to a fans and engage them in a routine of what we’re building in Oakland.”
Briefly: There were some humorous moments during a question-and-answer sessions with fans, including one fan dire Doolittle on when he competence introduce to his longtime girlfriend, Eireann Dolan (he seemed to have difficulty with his microphone only afterwards for some reason) and another seeking Doolittle for his favorite “Star Wars” moment. (He favourite “Rogue One” a lot). … Forst, asked about a A’s problems in gripping tip players, said, “Everyone was sleepy of conference during a playoffs, ‘Look during all these ex-A’s personification for other teams.’ … The idea is we get a new building and we reason onto all these guys over their initial few years and emanate lifelong Oakland A’s.” … Asked about potentially trade right-hander Sonny Gray at midseason if Gray bounces behind strong, Forst said, “I wish to have Sonny here 10 some-more years. (A’s executive) Billy Beane wants to have Sonny here 10 some-more years.”
Susan Slusser is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer.