For East Bay native Natalie B., it literally paid off to watch Thursday's A's broadcast on NBC Sports California.
Natalie is the inaugural winner of the A's Prize Patrol contest and won $5,000, which was presented to her on Friday evening.
Additionally, the A's will match the $5,000 prize and donate it to the Alameda County Community Food Bank.
So what did Natalie have to do in order to win the $5,000 grand prize? On Thursday, she tuned in to A's-Astros game, and when a secret code was revealed, she went to https://www.nbcsports.com/bayarea/prizepatrol and filled out the form.
Five random finalists were selected on Friday, and each was asked to write 50 words on what makes them such big A's fans.
“My birth year the A’s were 3rd time champions," Natalie wrote. "My first games were “Billy Ball.” I was a teenage “Bash Brothers” fan. I cheered the “Streak,” and am raising a 4th generation of A’s fans. I’ll watch tonight with my parents and twins - three generations of A’s fans, #RootedInOakland.”
A's In-Stadium host Kara Tsuboi, mascot Stomper, A's Prize Patrol and NBC Sports California surprised Natalie at her home in the East Bay on Friday night.
If you want the chance to follow in Natalie's footsteps and win $5,000 for yourself and a charity, you have three more chances this season.
Watch these three upcoming game broadcasts for the secret code:
Aug. 21 vs. New York Yankees
Sept. 3 vs. Los Angeles Angels
Sept. 6 vs. Detroit Tigers
Once the secret code is revealed, you can enter the contest here.
The A's Prize Patrol was created as a way for the team and NBC Sports California to reward fans for tuning in to A's broadcasts. Watch the A’s to win and support your community.