Sat July 5th
Our apologies to Larry Baer. Last Tues night (after he saw our Chronicle 2 page write-up) he invited us to his owners box at AT&T park for the Cards game. We broke the losing streak, and won that one 5-0, and with our outstanding win record on the road, we promised him we would remain the Giants “good luck charm” as we finished the second half of the 81 travel adventure.
Last night despite all our effort, or Cain could muster, our bats remained in their silent state. Another potential winning performance by Matt was wasted. Despite the warm weather our bats should be able to find the infield holes instead of the infielders. We can still take this series if for no other reason, than to preserve our reputation, on this 81 for 93 kick. We want to keep our promise to Larry.
And now for the ladies take on the trip.
We began the trip at about 1:30 with a film crew from KPIX the San Francisco CBS affiliate watching us load the car and head off on the road to be the Giants Road Warriors that we are alleged to be. They will be showing a story on our trip Sunday on Gameday at 11:30 pm. Please watch and give us feedback since we will be on the road. Little did I know that everyone else planned on heading south at the same time so I would be driving for 12 hours. LA traffic is always a challenge, and I think I reached a max speed of 19 MPH. We were exhausted when we arrived at the Hilton Gaslamp, but were greeted by Andrew at the front desk. It was just like being seen by family. He had a room for us where we would have a good view of the fireworks.
We slept in a bit and went to breakfast where we ran into Michelle, our waitress from last time. She even remembered Bert’s tea order from the last visit. We headed for the stadium and got our Petco park stamp for the Passport and headed to our seats. We had good seats in section 214 which is Toyota Terrace. They are similar to our seats at home. We had a good view of the plate. I was a bit disappointed with club level seats not having more seating space or food options. I wandered the stadium and field level has a much better selection of food. We were not real hungry so I opted for a nutella gelato for me and milk chocolate gelato for Bert. It was a bit melted by the time I made it up the ramp from field level to the Terrace, but I managed to keep it off my white jeans. For those who want gluten-free, they have it on field level. I forgot my ball so picked one up at the stadium. It ran me $35 because they only had official MLB balls in a case and the pen was $3. I won’t forget again!
The game is hard for me not to comment on. The bats needed some spark and they didn’t have it. It was good to have Belt back on board, and I know Bochy is trying everything he can, but last time he tried Pence in the lead off it didn’t work, and it hasn’t worked this time. My suggestion try Posey. He hits into a lot of double plays, and this would decrease that. The only other part of the game I will comment on was the pregame show with the Leap Frogs. They are Navy Seals, and it was great to be reminded of America’s finest on the 4th.m wp-image-397″ /> Leap Frogs did a join up then came sailing in at 60 MPH.Wow[/caption]
We had a young couple sitting next to us, who live in San Diego area who had split allegiance. They each cheerfully rooted on their team during game.
We had dinner at the spaghetti factory. It is a good value, relatively quick service, and we were able to make it to the Hilton in time for the fireworks. Parking at the Hilton was $41 per night, and so we moved the car to a lot a block away which is $15 per day.
We turned in after a busy day, and got up the next morning to run into Vivian from Yoga class at OMPower in San Francisco. At breakfast this morning we had a couple of Giants fans sitting at the tables next to us so the discussion was hopeful about a win today. You learn something each trip and Tyler sent me this photo with the names of the people already on it. It is a big time saver, and now we will remember their names if we meet again on the road.
Maxwell saw his 1st Giants game, and was patient until it took to long for breakfast to arrive so he grabbed a bite of crayon to the dismay of his mother.
Marcyn had seen us on TV. He was apologetic that he wasn’t wearing his Giants attire, but is a big fan. For me, meeting Giants fans young and old is a delight. I am amazed how one game can be so unifying, and on the 4th reflected on what it would be like if the country could be as united. I also was amazed by the tribute to Lou Gehrig. It was the 75th anniversary of the speech when he announced he would be forced to retire due to ALS. Bert was there to hear that speech. Gehrig’s attitude was not one of self-pity at being diagnosed with one of the cruelest diseases, but of reflection on his blessings. He is Bert’s hero and I like his attitude.”Yet today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the Earth. I have been in ballparks for seventeen years and have never received anything but kindness and encouragement from you fans” I don’t know who is the luckiest; me for getting an opportunity to go to 18 ballparks, meet great people, and hope that my Giants will win the big one, or Bert for finally living his dream of living the life of a major leaguer. I do know that we are both lucky for getting to share the 81 for 93 trip together, and who is luckiest doesn’t really matter.
Bert and Le Anne