Sat July 19th
Even if Madison didn’t need the 4 or 5 days off to keep his form, the rest of our guys seemed to benefit from the break, to come back with the 1st laugher in a long time. I kind of feel guilty not to have to worry, or be on edge for a change, while watching a game. It will be fun to be able to continue our “away” fine record. We will see today- and it will be very good to watch, in an enclosed stadium, saving us from the 93 degree humid weather outside. Wouldn’t a sweep be great as we head tomorrow to Philadelphia on the red-eye. We will be joined there by grandson Dylan and his wife Amey at the ballpark. Le Anne will bring you up to date on the last few days.
Now for the ladies view
I am not sure where to begin. We missed a post from the last Oakland game. We missed breakfast this morning. Oh, and we missed the downpour last night at the game. I guess I should start with the Oakland game. It was a dreadful loss and I am trying to wipe it from memory, but there is one story I believe worth sharing. We were crossing the overpass from O Co and a man came running after Bert yelling Pops, carrying a Giants cap. We naturally were in no mood to look at new hats after the loss, but the man carrying it shouts “I saw you on TV and I want you to have this” An A’s vendor was kind enough to give Bert a brand new cap and just wanted to let Bert know that he admired a man of 93 who was pursuing his baseball dream. He saw Bert on TV and recognized he needed a new cap.
We took the red-eye to Ft Lauderdale, and this season every flight we are on seems to be late coming in or out of SF. This flight was no exception. I was unable to get a good internet connection, and then learned there is a virus being spread thru Windows. Last night I couldn’t get my phone to work, and if there are no pictures that is why. We were on a Jet Blue flight and the crew was pleasant, they provide us with a snooze kit, good drinks and snack, and TV. The leg room was better than most flights, and it was nice not to have the seat in front of me literally in my face. We did hit a bunch of turbulence, but I managed to get 3 hours of sleep and Bert is such a good sleeper he didn’t even know about it. We got to the airport and I had reserved a shuttle called Express Shuttle. I was told to call a cell when we landed and when we picked up our luggage. The voicemail was full and we had to resort to plan B. We took a taxi and it was almost $70.
We arrived to the hotel just before 9:30am and they were accommodating. They gave us a nice room, held our luggage and sent us for breakfast. We are staying at the Springhill suites on 10th. It isn’t fancy, but huge room, and everything was clean and modern. The staff getting us a room early and then making breakfast available was also a plus. I would stay here again. We were told to take the free trolley to the stadium. We were not told that we have to change trolleys, but the 1st driver dropped us at the stop for the stadium trolley and it was a free ride on a clean trolley with friendly people. The second trolley the driver didn’t speak english but passengers told us where to get off. It took about an hour to go the 1.3 miles from the hotel to the stadium, but we got a good view of the medical centers and Little Havana.
We arrived at the stadium. Miami Marlins Park is a new, fun stadium. It is clearly Florida with bright colors and pink flamingos, and a fun place to watch a game. We got dinner before going to seats, because the vendors on the main floor are good, but the club level concessions are lacking. We had Cuban sandwiches and plantain chips. One sandwich would have been enough for the two of us. It had pork, and I think ham, with pickles, cheese, and mustard, and was served hot. We had a water to go with it. We walked by the oyster bar. Food at the stadium seemed good and fresh, and for stadium food reasonably priced.
We sat in section 220 row 2 seat 24,25. The seats were in the club level. The first thing I noticed is how empty the stadium was. There were as many Giants fans as Marlins fans. In the row in front of us were Marlins season ticket holders. Stephen and Nick were both knowledgeable fans. Nick had an autographed Barry Bonds bat hanging in his room. Stephen had almost as many baseball stories as Bert, and was generous enough to treat two Giants fans to a drink despite the discouraging play of his Marlins. The club section had comfortable padded seats, and a good view of the field. What it was lacking is Marlins fans. The stadium was covered and as a joke they post zero rainouts since 2012. Showers are frequent in Miami. Last night was no exception. It poured and has lightning for much of the game. The large windows provided a good view of the downpour and the retractable roof kept us cool and dry. I think the ownership is trying hard to provide a great experience for the fans. The new stadium had fun features like a colorful flamingo and dolphin display which moved when a player hit a ball into it. They close the upper deck because sales are so pathetic. Attendence last night was 23,017. They have also shut down many of the vendors on the club level as a result of low numbers. They have fish tanks behind the plate with bullet proof glass, and many unique features. The fact that they are Miami Marlins Park means they are not getting enough community support to have a corporate sponsor. I asked fans why the Marlins don’t get enough support while waiting for a taxi after the game and was told management trades away all the young, quality talent. It is a problem. If fans don’t attend then management doesn’t have the money to pay for the talent. I say support your team Miami. You have a 1st class stadium, so step up, and you will get the 1st class team to match it, and you can keep the young talent. They even have a quality dance team. I wouldn’t mind having some of the hot Marlins bats on the Giants. We hope all is well with Dave Righetti. It’s almost time to head back to the ball park.
Bert and Le Anne