Which decade gave us awesome fashion like Slap bracelets, Goosebumps, Dunkaroos, high tech technology in Beepers and the movie, “Clueless”? Yes, we are talking about the 90’s. Whether you love it or despise it, the 90’s was one of the most unique decades in history. That is why it is a pleasure to see the Oakland Athletics hosting a throwback night with a special decade twist. We can only hope that one of the greatest A’s players Jason Giambi will also throw out the first pitch before that game.
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This year on July 31, the A’s will host a fireworks night with a 90’s theme. During the fireworks explosion, music from this iconic era will be played. There are definitely some solid jams that the Athletics should put on their playlist for this night. So throw on your A’s snapbacks, dust off your Starter jackets and lay out on the field in your flannel shirt to enjoy a throwback to the 90’s. Here is just a suggestion of some funky tunes that should be played during the 90’s fireworks night:
- Technotronic – Pump Up The Jam
- Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam- Let the Beat Hit ‘Em
- C+C Music Factory- Gonna Make You Sweat
- Bel Biv Devoe- Poison
- TLC- No Scrub
- Haddaway- What is Love?
- Warren G- Regulate
- Quad City DJ’s- Come on ride the train
- Heavy D- Is it Good to You?
- Tony Toni Tone- It feels good
- Boys II Men- Motownphilly
- Montell Jordan- This is how we do it
- Lighter Shade of Brown- Hey DJ
- Janet Jackson- Go Deep
- Soul for Real- Every Little Thing I Do
- Keith Sweat- Keep it Coming
- Lenny Kravitz- Are you Gonna Go My Way?
- La Bouche – Be My Lover
- N2Deep- Back to the Hotel
- Guy- Wanna Get With You
While the fireworks light up the sky, think back in Oakland Athletics’ history to the 1990s. Remember these highlights from the A’s during that decade?
- In 1990, the Oakland Athletics won the pennant.
- In 1992, the A’s won the division led by MVP and Cy Young winner during the same season in Dennis Eckersley.
- The 90’s were also a time when Athletics’ fans came to support the team for every home game with an overall attendance close to 3 million.
- In 1997, Billy Beane became the GM of the A’s making a small market team competitive until this day.
- Building a core team during the later part of the 90’s with Giambi, Miguel Tejada, and Tim Hudson
- Ben Grieve won the Rookie of the Year in ’98
Although it is nicer to thinking about the positives from the 90’s, there were also some low moments for the A’s.
- Oakland put out dismal teams after the 92’ season with consecutive losing season.
- They were so bad that Mark McGwire was frustrated to the point that he was not going to resign once he hit the free agent market. So, Sandy Alderson did the best thing he could think of, which was to trade McGwire. He traded McGwire to the Cardinals for T.J. Mathews, Eric Ludwick and Blake Stein. This turned out to be one of the biggest trade bust in history.
- A’s fans started to not come out and support the team. Attendance dropped during these losing seasons and this trend continues to this day even when the Athletics are winning.
- The Coliseum was ruined with construction of Mount Davis.
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