The Oakland A’s are attempting to take over McCovey Cove on the first night of the Bay Bridge Series.
A’s fans were seen Tuesday evening riding on boats, cheering and waving an A’s flag while sailing into the famed fan section of Oracle Park ahead of the first of a two-game series between the A’s and San Francisco Giants.
“Lower the anchor, we’ve taken over,” read a tweet from the Oakland A’s Twitter account that accompanies a video of multiple boats sailing into the Cove. The flotilla set sail for their invasion of the cove from Encinal Yacht Club in Alameda.
It turns out that this is the third year the East Bay team has “taken over” McCovey Cove — and it’s a concerted effort supported by the A’s brass.
“This is an incredible Oakland Athletics and East Bay tradition, the third annual McCovey Cove take over,” David Kaval, the president of the A’s, said Tuesday.
“I think we have our largest flotilla ever going into the McCovey Cove. I think we’re hoping to have 15, maybe even 20 vessels in the cove dominating the Giants on the water.”
Kaval pointed to the plans for a new waterfront stadium at Howard Terminal as a reason for why “this is a really exciting tradition” the A’s have started. The A’s, apparently, welcome invasion from Giants fans once the new stadium opens.
“It can be a really nice back-and-forth that we can have with the Giants on the waterfront, a really unique aspect to the bay,” he said.
The A’s have the better record going into this year’s Bay Bridge Series as they come in with a 67-51 record and the Giants bring a 59-60 record into night one of the series. Both games of the series will be at Oracle Park, so there could be another take over of the Cove on Wednesday afternoon.
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