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Royals fans would be happy if team copied this Oakland A’s anniversary promotion

Oakland’s Trevor Plouffe celebrated with Chad Pinder after Pinder hit a home run during a game last year.
Oakland’s Trevor Plouffe celebrated with Chad Pinder after Pinder hit a home run during a game last year. The Associated Press

It’s ironic that while the Royals will be celebrating their 50th season in 2018, the Oakland A’s will be celebrating their 50th anniversary.

The A’s bolted Kansas City for Oakland and played their first game in California in 1968. Kansas City then got an expansion team, named it the Royals, and began play in 1969.

To celebrate their anniversary, the A’s are have a “free game” on April 17 when Oakland plays host to the White Sox. No one will have to pay admission. Fans can get free tickets to the 50th anniversary game via the team’s website next week.

“We are extremely excited to offer this gift to the city as we celebrate 50 years in Oakland,” A’s president Dave Kaval said in a statement on the team’s website. “The entire 2018 season will be a celebration of the A’s rich history, and offering the first free MLB game is another unique way for us to celebrate our team and wonderful fans.”

The Royals will wear a special patch on their jerseys and caps in 2018 to recognize their 50th season of play in Kansas City.

According the Royals’ website, the team have many celebratory events next year, including “50th-season special premium giveaway items and appearances by Royals alumni. Special 50th-themed weekends will take place each month commemorating memorable players and moments from the team’s history.”

But a free game? Royals fans would be down with that. However, if that were to happen, it would have to wait until 2019. The Royals’ first game was played on April 8, 1969.

Pete Grathoff: 816-234-4330, @pgrathoff

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