OAKLAND – Another only-at-the-Coliseum moment unfolded Monday night, as the A’s-Angels game was delayed for 10 minutes as a piece of padding peeled off from the outfield wall.
Angels left fielder Shane Victorino slammed into the wall while chasing Danny Valencia’s double in the bottom of the fifth. After that, time was called as one of the pads lining the outfield fence popped loose. An amused Victorino spent a few minutes trying to put it back in place before the pad fell off completely.
As members of the groundskeeping crew worked for several minutes to get the pad back in place, the Angels slowly walked off the field as their manager, Mike Scioscia, conferred with home plate umpire Jim Joyce.
The crowd reacted with light-hearted applause when the work crew finally got the pad – which is part of a large State Farm advertisement – back into place.
The backdrop for this incident, of course, is that Coliseum workers had to work around-the-clock to get the multi-sport stadium converted back into baseball configuration after the Raiders played an exhibition game the night before.
That’s an incredibly tight turnaround, but not completely uncommon at a venue that is the only complex left in the country that’s being shared by a major professional baseball and football team.
Monday’s incident adds another chapter to Coliseum lore, which includes flooding of the dugouts due to plumbing issues, a lighting malfunction that caused a 38-minute delay last season, and the occasional possum spotted wandering around the bullpens.