Thurs Apr 24 2014
Bert and Le Anne
“Homer Heaven” indeed! After 4 hours and 26 minutes worrying under threat of rain, and plane schedules, Le Anne and I could smile and realize we were still on the positive side in our 81 for 93 adventure. The objective being better than .500 on the road. Although we didn’t get in until 1 am, we are ready for the home schedule to get us back into 1st place before the next 10 game, the seasons longest away trip, to Atlanta, Pittsburgh, and LA beginning May 1.
But continuing the pattern at Coors field, the 22 run game included all but 5 by the Rockies that had not resulted from homers. All of the Giants 12 runs resulted from the long ball- and 400 plus footers at that. We still don’t seem to be able to bring base runners to home plate, and avoid double plays. Small ball, small ball, where for art thou?
And now the womans view….. I decided to get a good cross-section of food so decided to try gluten-free. The chicken sandwich was average. The bun was good, and light for gluten-free bread, the pepper jack cheese gave the chicken a bit of flavor, but even with the chipotle sauce, the chicken was dry. The lettuce was fresh and crispy, but the tomato was sub par. I was hoping for the gluten free brownie that Patty Calhoun had talked about in her #Westword column, but they are not offering them this season. I settled on the chocolate chip cookie which was above average. Bert had the Rocky dog with sauerkraut. It was a hefty dog and he enjoyed it. We felt the need for something after the Giants behind 5-1 so I went on the hunt for ice cream and water. Most fans would have been satisfied with a cone, but since we were both scoring the game, we needed something we could put down. The ice cream in the helmet was all the way across the stadium in section 153, so we opted for the double chocolate gelato. It was chocolate with multiple chocolate pulverized bits. It was yummy. We followed it with a smart water.
Soon we were dodging the rain drops, but the game was tied and we opted to stay and dodge the drops rather than miss the good view. We were in section 143 row 25 seats 1 and 2 which were aisle seats. The only complaint I had with the seats were the vendors were up and down the aisle almost non-stop.
As for the persons of interest we met yesterday we met Harry and Linda Nelson. They were die-hard Giants fans who had moved to Denver recently. We swapped great Giants stories for about 30 minutes prior to the game. Although there were fewer Giants fans at Coors field than in San Diego, the fans that we passed all had some comment to make on the 81for93. On the plane ride home we met an interesting gentleman named Jamie Pardi who was a Mets fan. He and Bert shared stories of New York and Yankees stadium. His company http://www.gaga-inc.com is into data and marketing. I have not been in marketing since the end of 2010 so he was able to give me a little lesson on how things have changed. Not only did he have the love of baseball being a Mets fan, but he also shared that he knew people in the Red Sox organization, and he relayed that they are a quality organization. He also shared that he met his wife at his grandmothers funeral and it has been happy ever after. I hope our Giants season continues happy ever after. I am amazed at what a unifying sport baseball is for the most part. Even the police officer who stopped traffic outside the stadium had friendly remarks to make. He was clearly a Rockies fan, because each game we lost he would remark as we left the stadium, but he admired Berts cap, and was impressed by our dedication in taking on this trip. Friendly rivalry in my opinion is a healthy thing, and for the most part I have seen a respect for and from the opposition.
We got our shirts and business cards today sharing the blog and love of the game. We will go to a home game here on Sunday and may get a blog in after the game. Bert will go with his son David on Tues.
Until the next game,