Sat May 3 2014
Not a bad way to start a road trip! Pagans 1st at bat, second pitch, repeated his AT&T opener shot, and gave the Giants a 1 run lead before hardly anyone was seated. And, of course, that’s the way it stayed for most of the game. Again the only runs scored resulted from 4 baggers. Thankfully, the braves could not match it, and they copied the standard Giants game plan- but to our advantage. Maybe it’s catching, but this time they continuously threatened us and wound up with a high 12 LOB count. We had to double check the uniform color to see which team was which. Of course also Romo did his usual thing and had two men on base after two out, and struck out the game ender. The game was a long one for a 2-1 ball game and we didn’t get back to the hotel until after midnight.
It was somewhat surprising to realize how few African Americans were in attendence at a game honoring the Hank Aaron Justice Awards. No racism intended, but I can not understand, the lack of African-American fan support, that seemed evident. I may be in error, and will see what the next two games reveal.
And now for the womans view point. I have acclimated to San Fran and forgotten how great southern hospitality can be. It was great to hear welcome, coming in as an opponent. Everyone from the beer man to the elevator operator, to the ushers, and fans around us went out of their way to welcome us. People stopped us and discussed baseball, life in general, and cheered us on to complete the entire 81 games. It was a real reminder how blessed I am to be living the dream.
The seats in sec 206 afforded a good view of the game. The people in front of us were gracious and offered Bert pages from a score book when Bert realized he would run short. They also were season ticket holders and offered to allow us to view the club level. We didn’t make it up there, but were able to watch Pagan and Pence lead off the game with a homer and hit. Morse got another homer after the Braves tied it up. It was great that Tim Lincecum showed up last night.
Things I enjoyed at Turner- the oblivion cam which catches an unsuspecting fan with not a great view of the screen and times how many minutes it takes for them to notice. The hug cam which was aimed at 2 fans resulted in hugs and love being shared. If there were this much love in all stadiums the world would be better for it.
Debbie the usher, gave us a line up card, and answered questions I had on food. We were steered to the steak sandwich shop and told the club level( which is not the 200 level at Turner field) has better food. I went for the steak sandwich and Bert had a long dog. The sandwich was good, moist, and horseradish gave it a bit of zip, without being over powering. Bert liked his long dog, but doesn’t like that much bun. It was challenging to score with such a long dog in the lap.
After the game we waited for the van back to the Sheraton. Bert was invited to sit and chat with a soon to be EMT named Blaine. I think it is great that the Braves and Grady hospital team up to make the game accessible for the diasabled and elderly with chairs that roll to the seats, and carts shuttling to the parking lot. I wish Blaine luck on his EMT exam since he will soon be finishing his class. He commutes 80 miles because he enjoys helping all have access to baseball.