As trounce Angels on Jewish Heritage Night

Fans who bought Jewish Heritage Night tickets for the Oakland A’s game this week had to deal with a 42-minute rain delay, but those who stuck it out were treated to a 14-0 victory over the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

Oakland A’s account manager Josh Feinberg said more than 600 people bought tickets in the Jewish heritage section and received a souvenir yarmulke with “Athletics” spelled out in Hebrew.

The May 17 night game was played in dampness and chilly temperatures, but Jewish fans who braved the conditions got a treat when Jewish relief pitcher Craig Breslow pitched the top of the eighth. He allowed no hits and no runs, his best outing in two weeks.

Akiva Tor, Israel’s S.F.–based consul general, threw out the ceremonial first pitch, and a group of nine Jewish teens from Sonoma County sang the national anthem.

“When they walked out to sing, the whole Jewish section started screaming and going crazy,” said Rick Concoff, a Jewish educator from Sonoma and a longtime A’s fan. “And because there weren’t a lot of fans in the stadium, they could really be heard.”

The announced attendance at the newly named Coliseum in Oakland was 12,190, but because of the rain and the delay, only about 2,000 to 3,000 fans were in the crowd. Concoff estimated there were 500 to 600 fans in the Jewish heritage section.

“It was almost like there were more Jews than non-Jews in the stands,” said Concoff, who was interviewed during the Comcast SportsNet telecast of the game, surrounded by a throng of rowdy, chanting Jewish fans. “It really was our night — and all in all, it was very fun.”

The 14-0 victory fell just short of the Oakland A’s record for most lopsided shutout win, 16-0 over the Giants in 2005.