Bert is running behind today, so I figured it would be ladies 1st. The game was a about as good as it gets. Good weather, good pitching, no errors, good hitting, good fielding a 6-1 victory, another series win, kibbutzing with Bert, a tasty meal, and the Reds fans all winning a pizza due to Mad Bums unusual 3 strike outs at the plate.
It was to nice a day to have chili, so we opted for an italian wrap. Bert and I shared one since it was packed full of meat. We topped it off with cannoli. Our seats we perfect section 127 GG middle of the row. We had a good view of the plate and the field.
It was a great day to be a Giants fan with an 11 hit game, Bumgarners pitching, and Reds fans who love baseball. Attendance wasn’t what we see at AT&T, about 26K per game, but it’s an affordable family friendly place to see a ball game. I thought pricing on seats was a better value than most, so if you are in Cincinnati go ahead and catch a game. And don’t forget to get your 1st timers certificate.
And now Bert’s take on the game… What could be better? A 5-2 road trip. An 8 game division lead. No rain despite threatened tornadoes. And, as Le Anne has indicated, we even gave the Reds fans something to cheer about. Whenever their pitchers turn in 11 K’s, every fan present gets a free pizza. And Madison gave them a lot to shout about with his third strike out of the day. They cheered him to the cloudy skies as he returned to the dug out. Imagine being praised by the opposite team when you are holding them to only 3 hits in 8 innings. It was a masterful best game of the year for Maddy even if the meager crowd was cheering him for the wrong reason. The Chron’s beat writer quoted him today as saying, “ I am always happy for people to eat pizza.”
Frankly, this fifth trip of the twelve in the 81 cycle, was the toughest yet due to the weather conditions and plane connections. Leaving for the airport directly after the game (which only took the usual 3 hours) and not getting home until 1:30 a.m. this morning was a bit telling and tiring. But, the memory of a memorable game helped a lot. Fortunately, we saw the players’ United Charter at the Cincinnati airport waiting for our heroes — but they were able to go straight home without our necessary transfer in Chicago. Hopefully they got a better night ‘s sleep before meeting the Mets at A T & T tonight.
One of the reasons we were attracted to this adventure was to get the feel of what a major leaguer’s daily life is like — and this trip gave us a very good idea of that phase of it. We are not being negative, but rather appreciative of what it takes to get to the top — and stay there. We , too, shall continue.