Have you made your silver & black pilgrimage yet? If you haven’t made it over to Ricky’s Sports Bar on Hesperian Boulevard then you should definitely put it on your bucket list because the place is awesome.
It was at this legendary bar and grill where Jon Gruden and the Raiders decided to hold a fan appreciation event for any and all Raiders fans that wanted to attend. Attend they did with 500 plus of them, including Silver & Black Pride’s new staff writer Phil Robinson, showing up to celebrate the Oakland Raiders and the return of Chucky. Check out Phil’s first hand account of the event here.
This event is part of the draw that Gruden brings with him, his energy and passion isn’t just for the team but also for the city itself. That’s why his smile is so big in all the pictures you see from this crowded event at Ricky’s, he is loving every second of it. His energy is contagious too, you see the side effects of it throughout the crowd too.
You don’t have to take my word for it, just look at Twitter to see the excitement in the air.
Credit: The Ultimate Sports Guide#RaiderNation pic.twitter.com/0uYyKayfsP— Ricky's Sports Bar (@rickysportsbar) July 21, 2018
Was yesterday a dream??— Ricky's Sports Bar (@rickysportsbar) July 21, 2018
Wow. Wow. Wow.
Can the season start already?!@RAIDERS #RaiderNation #Raiders pic.twitter.com/HAPHyW5MRZ
@gorillarilla This was the real deal put on at @rickysportsbar. Thank you Coach Gruden and the @RAIDERS for showing the Town major love! #RaiderNation @RaidersBeat pic.twitter.com/ZYnBt9IbG8— Reyder (@ReyderRey) July 21, 2018
It doesn’t get any better than this pic.twitter.com/M9bRjiPSnj— Phil Robinson III (@PhilRobinsonNFL) July 21, 2018
Here’s Gruden signing the Chucky doll box pic.twitter.com/lzBJJsEDXq— Matt Schneidman (@mattschneidman) July 21, 2018
Lester hayes is in the building! #Raiders #RaiderNation @rickysportsbar @RAIDERS @CainMt6 pic.twitter.com/scfWutyUBS— The Pillaging Podcast (@pillagejust4fun) July 21, 2018
Jon Gruden is whipping the #Raiders fans into a frenzy @rickysportsbar pic.twitter.com/YByc59mA6P— Paul Gutierrez (@PGutierrezESPN) July 21, 2018
Credit: The Ultimate Sports Guide#RaiderNation #Raiders pic.twitter.com/j2IVY6ivOV— Ricky's Sports Bar (@rickysportsbar) July 21, 2018
Credit: The Ultimate Sports Guide#RaiderNation #Raiders pic.twitter.com/sSeQ0NwRCN— Ricky's Sports Bar (@rickysportsbar) July 21, 2018
Great times at @rickysportsbar for the Raiders fan appreciation event. Sooo ready for football!! RAAAAAIDEEERSSSSS!!!! #RaiderNation pic.twitter.com/D00lrWqKzj— GSW Kevin (BACK 2 BACK) (@_GSW4Life) July 21, 2018
We here representing #RaiderNation @rickysportsbar @RAIDERS #RN4L pic.twitter.com/tmNBVw8Jgd— Gabriela Sasparilla (@hecameca) July 20, 2018
John Gruden throws a party at Ricky’s in San Leandro #RaiderNation goes wild. pic.twitter.com/u2TuAHdWUP— Rob Malcolm (@RobKTVU2) July 21, 2018
AWESOME event .. Thank you Jon Gruden and @rickysportsbar #RaiderNation #Raiders pic.twitter.com/DCI1Fzq8yX— RUDY HERNANDEZ (@R8rrudy75RUDY) July 21, 2018
so i met the Raiders head coach John Gruden today. he signed my hat and bought my dinner tray! i told him “you’re gonna bring us back!” and he agreed and responded with much enthusiasm to say the least #RaiderNation pic.twitter.com/gJY4pHkRKB— Day Vid☀️ (@therealistdavid) July 21, 2018
@gorillarilla @rickysportsbar Thanks for hosting us, and to Gorilla Rilla for being so gracious. #RaiderNation pic.twitter.com/CXiqRfI0RG— Marissa Moreno (@MarissaMoreno89) July 21, 2018
Of course there’s not just pictures, here are some great videos from the event as well.
#Raiders Lester Hayes ladies & gentlemen... pic.twitter.com/ojGPJIXtkX— DeMarcus Davis (@DeMarcusRFNET) July 21, 2018
Chuck throwing out free t-shirts to #Raiders fans @rickysportsbar pic.twitter.com/gieSr3a8H7— DeMarcus Davis (@DeMarcusRFNET) July 21, 2018
The scene here @rickysportsbar with Jon Gruden addressing the crowd pic.twitter.com/m2C9EYOAkZ— Matt Schneidman (@mattschneidman) July 21, 2018
Jon Gruden is getting mobbed @rickysportsbar pic.twitter.com/B6208LBx4L— Matt Schneidman (@mattschneidman) July 21, 2018
Big shout out to Jon Gruden @rickysportsbar and the @RAIDERS for throwing the #RaiderNation a party we won't forget! Let's get hype for camp! pic.twitter.com/B4iFJQA3Tk— The Pillaging Podcast (@pillagejust4fun) July 20, 2018
Jon Gruden arrives at his party #Raiders pic.twitter.com/Pzk9Hn3Au3— Matt Kawahara (@matthewkawahara) July 21, 2018
It’s safe to say that this fan appreciation event was epic, and it truly is quintessential Jon Gruden. It’s a great way to help the team get ready for training camp (rookies report 7/23, veterans 7/26) to show off the excitement the fan base has and the energy that we all know Gruden has too.
Don’t worry, you are not alone in your jealousy of the fans in attendance if you missed out on this awesome event. Hopefully Phil’s article and these Twitter reactions helped you at least experience the awesomeness vicariously.