Wed July 23
12:54 am! What a time for the last out of a baseball game, which started at 7:07 the night before. That is a 5:47 time of game statistic. Not so bad if you are reading a box score, but a little unusual when you visiting a city as part of an adventure to attend the “away” games of your favorite team when you are a fan. The hardy stuck it out last night and are still recovering this am. Of course the 9-6 win, after a 4 run 14th inning, makes the recovering happier for us, but not for Dylan and Amey who Phillies fans and had to work today.
Quite a night. With all the relievers used up, Timmy had to get the job done and got the save- although he was a bit shaky at the start.
Many of the 30,000 remained for 14, but they were mostly Giants followers, who were pleasantly rewarded. Posey’s tying 9th inning homer was the cause of the lost sleep for his many fans, this one included.
So with a split guaranteed, and a series win likely, the visiting group is in high spirits.
And now for the ladies view. Welcome to the city of Brotherly Love, and we loved sharing the game with Dylan and Amey. We took the blue line to Bert’s grandsons office and I don’t think anything on the trip could have made Bert prouder than seeing his grandson Dylan doing well. Dylan works at Hangley, Aronchick, Segal, Pudlin, & Schiller, and we were treated to a wonderful reception there. We had a lively discussion about baseball and got to hear as many great baseball stories as we got to tell. We got to see a shrine to the Red Sox including seeing several photos of Ted Williams. Dylan’s wife Amey joined us at the office and we took a cab to the ball park. We got settled into the seats in section 132 and were surrounded by a mix of Giants and Phillies fans. Amey and I went off to get some drinks and we got to try a Cherry and Lemon water ice.
We were treated to a performance by one of the Harlem Globetrotters who teamed up with the Phillies mascot Phanatic.
Amey and Dylan treated us to the fried chicken and donuts for dinner. At the stand in section 140, Federal donuts offers fried chicken with chile-garlic glaze, dusted in ranch powder or just “naked” crispy. Amey and Dylan opted for the chile-garlic and Bert and I had naked which had a great honey flavor and of course we had the donut for dessert.
If I had scripted the game it couldn’t have been more exciting. I called “Over the fence Pence” and as if on cue Hunter hit a beautiful home run. Dylan and Amey are as diehard supporters of the Phillies as we are of the Giants so seeing this game together is something we will be talking about for ages. Bert needed a break about the 11th and he opted to sit at the top of the section. He met a Giants fan who knew our story and told Bert he was an inspiration. Bert has grown at least 10 years younger on this trip, I think in part because of the kind words from Giants fans along the way.
It is sad that one team had to lose because both teams fought valiantly. I predicted the Giants would win it in the 13th and after watching Affeldt and Kontos give it their all I was hopeful, but it took the 14th before we could find a chink in Manships armour. We are exhausted but unlike Dylan and Amey we didn’t have to be at work today.
I won’t make a big deal of Mike Krukow’s illness because he wouldn’t want us to,but prayers are with you. We learned about IBM last night from a fan and from our friend Bruce.
Tonight we see Mad Bum and hope for another win.
Bert and Le Anne