It’s a local Springtime tradition.
The Giants and the A’s meeting on the baseball diamond to welcome the new season and a rainy season it is.
Monday night’s game is two of a three-game set.
The A’s took Sunday’s matchup in a 5-0 victory so the Giants will be looking to exact some good-natured revenge at Oracle Park in a series that has a pretty interesting history.
Technically it dates back to the 1905 World Series when both teams were on the East Coast but the first time the A’s and Giants faced off since heading west was the 1989 World Series.
The A’s swept the Giants to win the title that year and it wasn’t until 1997 that this became a yearly affair.
It’s still Oakland that holds the edge in the overall series.
The A’s lead 76 wins to the Giants’ 64 but in this exhibition edition, it’s not so much the win-record that matters, it’s more about bragging rights.
“I know it’s pre-season, but you know at the end of the day you want to win this series. You don’t want the Oakland fans joking around they beat us, but you know every time we play this series we gonna try to do our best,” Giants first baseman Pablo Sandoval said.
“It’s awesome. It’s fun for me. I always have a lot of friends and family at the games and telling me, sending me texts and stuff like ‘oh we’re going to be out there tonight.’ It’s extra special for me I think and it’s a unique rivalry in that we’re so close to each other. I’m a Bay area guy so it means a lot to me,” A’s outfielder Mark Canha said.
A big goal for both teams this season is to improve starting pitching – Liam Hendricks is expected to get the start for Oakland and Drew Pomeranz will be on the mound for the Giants.
Game time was set for 6:45 p.m. but the Giants tweeted that first pitch will now be at 8:10 p.m. due to the rain.