The Oakland A’s and San Francisco Giants opened the Bay Bridge series Monday night as a precursor to the coronavirus-shortened season, which starts later this week.
There are A’s heroes like Baseball Hall of Famer Rollie Fingers in the stands. There are also stuffed animals and even a few babies that make up row after row of fake A’s fans made out of cardboard to fill the seats.
"Fans can go and upload a picture of themselves and you actually make a cardboard cutout of yourself to sit in the stadium because we can’t have fans," A’s Team President Dave Kaval said.
Kaval told KCBS Radio it’s all part of bringing a little bit of normalcy and fun to this strange, abbreviated season. I can tell you from behind those cutouts, it also brings a little bit of science fiction to the whole affair.
The team itself, however, is dealing with it in their own way.
"We’re very hopeful that we can have a very competitive season and I think that’s the number one focus," Kaval added.
When you watch a game on TV, the experience will have even more special effects - if you will - like the sounds of screaming fans recorded right here at The Coliseum in very different times. That is, when fans streamed in from around the Bay Area to enjoy a baseball game.