Sun night May 4 2014
Tempted to just say “Ditto” and let it go at that. After our first 2 trips, we returned to SF with a 7-6 record, very satisfactory, statistically for road games. Now, with an Atlanta sweep, we move on to Pittsburgh for Monday nights game with a 10-6 road record, 7 left to play including 4 in LA and a 5 game win streak.
Big question is- can the home run siege continue? The pitching has been superb Atlanta’s leading the league in batting, but were held to only 1 run in each of the 3 games here. But we have to solve the LOB problem. Today another 10 left behind. Yes, our pitchers K’d 11; 9 by Mad Bum in 6 innings, but our batters were whiffed 10 times by excellent Atlanta throwers. And of course, 3 of the 4 runs resulted from homers.
Now for the woman’s view-point. If I were not a Giants fan, after this road trip, I might have chosen the Braves because of the quality, hospitality, and family friendly atmosphere. Don’t fear I am not jumping ship, just trying to give credit to the Braves organization. From the Braves fans such as Bill and Linda who offered us their spare seats, copies of Braves stats, and gave us updates on the Dodgers scores each time MIA took the lead to the warm ushers Debbie and Bill. Linda shared a fact about Sandoval and that he bought 40 pair of BP gloves at the beginning of the season, and discards them if he feels he is not getting the runs he should using a pair. Bill helped find us seats out of the sun. Both Debbie and Bill, welcomed us back despite us having beaten the Braves in the two previous games. They both took the time to get to know fans in their section, and made me feel like I was watching a game with family. Debbie had a “spare” line up sheet for us each night, and welcomed us with her warm smile. Debbie’s husband, Casey is the announcer for the Braves. He began the game with “Let’s give a warm Atlanta welcome to the San Francisco Giants” Fans actually cheered. Bill managed to find that a neighbor, who lived on our street, named Andrea was at the game, and introduced us. She may join us in San Diego for that series in July. Bill served 10 years in the Marines, and then worked for Honda, before becoming an usher for the Braves. How great to get to know a bit about these Braves fans.
Interesting things I observed. The Braves mascot is named Homer. In addition to the tomahawk chop, Braves fans did the cap wave to rally the team. They removed their caps and waved them to show support.
And now for the food report. Bert and I opted for the brats with sauerkraut which an anonymous Braves fan told us were his favorite. I enjoyed it, but the brat kept trying to escape from the bun, and Bert ended up with sauerkraut and mustard on his shirt.
Bert and Le Anne