The Tale of Oakland A’s Road Hats

I remember February of 1993, then A’s GM Sandy Alderson held a press conference unveiling a change in the team’s logo and uniforms with a slightly bolder green and gold color as well as a new more aggressive-looking elephant with crossed bats logo. The change also brought on the debut of a designated road game hat. The hat was an all dark green hat with the A’s logo in white.
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However in the middle of that season I remember reading in the Sporting Green one morning that utility man Lance Blankenship and some other players expressed somewhat of a disdain for the current road hats and in doing so colored the white A’s logo with a yellow marker. As it turned out the next season in 1994, the road hats became all green but with the A’s logo in golden yellow. Not sure whether it was because of players and fans disliking the all green with the white logo or possibly to match the new green alternate jerseys that the team also began wearing that season.
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That road hat would be the road hat for the next 19 seasons until this past fan fest when in unveiling a new green alternate jersey a new road hat was also unveiled presumably to match the new jerseys. The hat which is being used this upcoming season is similar to the 1993 version but with a white A’s logo outlined in golden yellow.
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The Tale of 105.7

So yet again Univisión decides to change formats again and this time it’s strictly English-language dance/hip-hop. Last known as Latino Mix is now becoming Hot 105 and to ring in the change, the station has been playing Nelly’s 2002 song “Hot in Herre” and on repeat all weekend long thus creating a social media craze with the hashtag #Nelly1057 trending throughout the Bay Area. But in the midst of the craze, I look back at the different faces of the station throughout the yeara under Univisión’s ownership.

It begins in September of 2003 with Viva 105.7. For me it was a station I had long waited for up here in the Bay Area that would play rock en español music from acts like Maná, Jaguares, Cafe Tacvba, La Ley, Enanitos Verdes, etc. Before that all that was heard on any of the Spanish-language radio stations in The Bay was either romantic pop ballads on what was then known as Radio Romantica or Regional Mexican (Banda, Ranchera, etc) on Estereo Sol. I won’t say it was totally a rock en español station since they didn’t play more actual rock bands like Fobia, El Tri, Soda Stereo or Maldita Vecindad but to me it seemed like it was something that matched my musical likes.

However in 2005 with the reggaeton genre growing and virtually much of the youth around the Americas hopping the bandwagon, Viva gave way to a reggaeton/urban/hip-hop format renamed La Kalle. Daddy Yankee, Ivy Queen and Don Omar among many quickly became household names in the Latin music world. La Kalle was virtually a Spanish or better yet Spanglish copy of Bay Area hip hop stations Wild 94.9 and KMEL with mainstream acts like Pitbull, 50 cent, Kanye West and Usher also in the mix. Even though much of the Latin population was and still is for the most part more into hip-hop and rap as oppose to rock, those still into the pop/rock genre were left disappointed and feeling any of the music heard on La Kalle could easily be heard on KMEL or Wild 94.9. For a lot of folks I talked to at rock en espanol concerts, it would only be a matter of time till that fad would die down. As for my disdain for the genre, I’ll save it for another blog post.

Well around 2008 I noticed as I was listening that the station had began to move from the all urban Latin format and bringing back pop and rock music to the mix. By October 2011 the station changed it’s name to Latino Mix. Not only was the mix made up of Latin pop/rock/urban but also some of the latest in mainstream music such as Adele and even Carly Rae Jepsen’s one hit wonder “Call Me Maybe” were played on the station. At the end of last year LatinBayArea.com had run an article saying that the station was going to change formats yet again this time to an all-English format though not saying exactly when. Well sure enough Friday night I’m working on another blog post when I read tweets about what was being played over and over on 105.7 and sure enough it meant the change in stations and with the new station being called Hot 105, what a way to usher in the new station.

Jaguares – Miércoles de Ceniza”

Today being Ash Wednesday, today’s blog post is about a song called “Miercoles de Ceniza, or as translated in English “Ash Wednesday”. The song comes from Caifanes‘ 1992 album El Silencio. For me the song gained more significance much later when the group performed under the moniker jaguares throughout the 2000s. With the verses to the song having really high notes and by then a throat ailment limited vocalist Saúl Hernández’s vocal range, drummer Alfonso André was called upon to sing the high notes as the verses part of the song ran on tracks and didn’t yet include drums until later in the song.
Having seen Jaguares perform in Northern California yearly from 2001 till 2010, that was arguably the favorite part of the show for me and many other fans with the exception of 2008 and 2009 when the song wasn’t included on the show’s set list even when I personally asked Alfonso before one of the shows given the band was good as far as what fans wanted to hear. But luckily in 2010 we got to hear Alfonso sing it for one last time as Jaguares ended up going under with Caifanes coming back together the next year. Hopefully Jaguares comes back one day and we get to see Alfonso sing it for us again.