The Oakland A's will fight for their playoff lives at O.co Coliseum Tuesday night, but not in front of a capacity crowd. A's ownership has refused to remove the tarps from the upper deck. That means only 63 percent of the Coliseum's 55,945 seats will be filled.
Upset fans took to the Internet last week, creating the website Remove the Tarps. Visitors are asked to sign the following petition:
"To demonstrate the overwhelming support for the Oakland A's, we the undersigned demand that the A's remove the tarps for their upcoming home playoff games. The 2012 Oakland Athletics have captured the hearts and minds of America with their amazing playoff run. But thousands of Oakland A's fans will be denied access to playoff baseball because of the team's policy of tarping off the upper deck."
A's ownership has heard the pleas from fans and says they'll talk about taking off the tarps if the A's make it to the next round of the playoffs.
That could be tough. The A's must win the next three games of the best of five series with the Tigers to move on to the American League Championship Series.
Tuesday's game is sold out. It starts at 6 p.m.
Game 4 and 5 are Wednesday and Thursday also at the Coliseum.