Oakland A’s Community Fund Golf Classic Huge Success
I had the privilege and honor to participate in yesterday’s Oakland A’s Community Fund Golf Classic. It was a great day in Pleasanton at the Castlewood Country Club and the A’s REALLY know how to put on a great show…and, how to show their community that they care. Many current and former players were there (Nick Swisher, Chad Gaudin, Vida Blue, Dave Stewart, Dick Green, Bert Campaneris, Dave Henderson and John “Blue Moon” Odom), as well as A’s management (including President Mike Crowley, GM Billy Beane and Broadcast VP Ken Pries).I hadn’t seen many of the A’s team since we announced the A’s and Cisco collaboration and partnership on Cisco Field and it was good to catch up with them.I wrote an update on Cisco field in May and there is still a lot of work to be done, but Cisco is excited about the partnership and excited to be joining with an organization who knows how important community and community service is.On the golf side of things, I am happy to say that the foursome I was in, Walker Bass of NASDAQ (who narrowly missed out on winning the longest drive), Bipin Badani of Fujitsu and AJ Patel, founder of TiE (among other hats he has worn*), came in third place with a 13 under par 59. Because we are gentlemen and extremely humble, we decided on the first tee that we didn’t want to take the glory of winning first place away from others, so we held back a bit of all our games. : ) *For more on AJ Patel’s current passion of saving the migration of wildebeests across Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve, please see this recent San Jose Mercury News article.