The Drummers of the Coliseum
That’s Amaury News and Commentary
By Amaury Pi-González
The drummers of the Oakland Coliseum bang the drum either slowly or fast to keep A’s fans and players in step or awake at A’s games from Oct 2, 2013 game (file photo sfgate.com)
OAKLAND–It doesn’t matter if there are 2,500, of 12,500 fans in attendance during an A’s day or night game at the Oakland Coliseum. The Drums are there banging in the outfield during each and every game. They bring the energy inside the empty spaces of one of the oldest major league ballparks.
These drummers devoted A’s fans that show all the enthusiasm regardless of how the team is doing on the field. Their mission is to bring pure energy, the energy the players recognize and admire, and to the fans, who also show their respect for their commitment. This season with the very small attendances these guys keep ‘drumming away’ as that drum sounds echoes all over the Coliseum.
In 2018, prior to covid showing up in the world, I was talking with A’s slugger Khris Davis inside the dressing room prior to a game and among other things, I mentioned to him were the drums, he told me “I love those drums man” and “they are very cool and the players here love them”.
This April Khris Davis signed a one-year contract with the Diablos Rojos of México City of the Mexican League. In case anybody forgot in the land of Oakland; only two men in Athletics franchise history have slugged 40 or more home runs over three consecutive seasons in A’s franchise history, Hall of Famer Jimmy Foxx from 1932-34 and Khris Davis from 2016 to 2018.
Davis bat is sorely missed on a 2022 team where the lack of home run power is evident. During those three years of 40 plus home runs, Khris Davis struck out a minimum of 166 times and a maximum of 195, but he could still hit it a country mile.
The A’s do not have one player this season that could hit at least 20 home runs (maybe Sean Murphy, who hit17 last season) and forget any A’s hitting 40, but that should not be a surprise since they traded all their established stars.
Meantime, win or lose, the loyal A’s Drummers of the Coliseum do not miss one game.
Amaury Pi Gonzalez is the lead Spanish play by play announcer for the Oakland A’s on flagship station Le Grande KIQI 1010 San Francisco and does News and Commentary at http://www.sportsradioservice.com