Tues May 6 2014
5 hours and 31 minutes – a long game by any measure, and a cold, freezing one at that, for the few 14K who were there. Game ended at 12:36 am, and we were back at the Wyndham by 1 am. It was exciting all the way.
After a 1st inning 2 run lead, down by 8-2, we rallied( most unusual lately) in the 6th and 7th to tie at 9, only to fall behind almost immediately 10-9. But 3 consecutive singles in the 9th, tied it once again, until we won it in the 13th, on Machi’s sac bunt, and a pitchers throwing error. Romo hit a batter, but no damage in the bottom of the 13th inning. Nerve racking to be sure. A 14 pitch batting stance for Pirates Walker, kept us on the edge of our seats.
To add to our interest and enjoyment we met Kruk and Kuip in the elevator while going up to our seats before the game. We received texts from SF that they referred to our trip during the game, and shared our story. We’ll see when we get back to SF, as someone recorded it for us.
Rain threatened all night, it was cold, the seats were club level sec 223, row A, and comfortably cushioned, which helped a little.
Now for the ladies view on the game. We learned that we could take either a free shuttle of the T from the Wyndham from Sue our waitress. The T got a closer, so of course we took the T. Bert said it reminded him of NY. We walked the short distance from the T to the stadium, and were disappointed by the sprinkles. We were greeted outside the stadium by a friendly Pirates staff member who was happy to discuss baseball, and gave us a few tips.
Bert likes to avoid stairs, so we were pointed to an elevator where we met Duane Kuiper and Mike Krukow. They were in a hurry to get to the booth, but allowed us to ride up, and Bert shared our story, and they took the times to pose for a picture. My niece’s fiance Johnny who is a baseball expert says Kruk and Kuip are the best broadcasters in the nation. He lives in Seattle now, but follows the Giants religiously.
We then met James B, who was there to check tickets going into the club level. He spent time listening to our story and shared that he had hoped to either pitch or play 3rd base. He planned on going to Ohio State, but ended up at Columbia playing football, and his dream of being a baseball great ended with a torn rotator cuff. He told Bert that Lou Gehrig’s glove was at Columbia, and told us we should visit next time we were in NY. Lou was Bert’s hero as a kid.
We got a good view of the city and the river from our seats in 223, which were club level on the 3rd base side. Bert and I are both short so would have chosen row B to avoid the rail when we visit again.
The next surprise was when Kathy M, the events coordinator came by to say hello. She asked if there was anything she could help with. I asked where the closest place I could get hot chocolate. It was cold, windy like AT&T, and scattered sprinkles on top of it. Kathy didn’t tell me where to get the hot chocolate, but came back with two cups, which were incredibly welcome.
Things I liked at PNC- the people, the view, the fact that they have specific info on pitches including horizontal and vertical break, the Buckaroos ask a Buc( nickname for Pirate) in which a young fan is filmed interviewing a player. What I did not like was the fact that they don’t show if the official score on wild pitches, passed balls, and they don’t announce what is being challenged. In the 5th inning Clint Hurdle challenged something and I still don’t know what it was.
Well off to study the food from the PNC guide-book since tonight we will eat at the park.
Le Anne and Bert