Thurs July 24th
Wednesday was a different day, and a different game- even if it lasted almost as long as Tuesdays 14 inning, 5 hour plus one. This time nature- thunder, lightning, and rain can be blamed. The game was halted for an hour, and then, very surprisingly, started up, and continued during the same rain, thunder, and lightning. It was truly surprising that the players did not object and walk off the field. But I could only think of 1.5-2 million in receipts forcing the game on, until those 4.5 or 5 innings were played which avoided rain checks. A more consumer ignored event I have never seen.
As for baseball itself, it was an 8 inning scoreless gem from Bumgarner and Burnett(who threw 131 pitches). Papelbon, still a trade possibility, blew the game for the 2nd straight night, allowing 3 runs in the 9th. Another Giant road win 3-1, for a possible 4 game sweep on the Phillies.
And now for the ladies take on the game. We began with dinner with Dylan and Amey at McFaddens, a sports bar attached to the stadium. It was loaded with TV’s and as Bert noted, cute waitresses. Bert had wings, Dylan the pulled pork, Amey a greek salad, and I cheese steak Nachos. I was disappointed with my nachos having read rave reviews about them. They were a lot of chips, moderate cheese sauce, and minimal meat. The onions were not cooked and didn’t add much. Amey’s salad was chopped iceberg, and she said she liked the feta and olives. Bert’s wings were meaty and would have been enough for both of us. Dylan didn’t comment on his meal, but finished it.
It was warm and muggy so we enjoyed the air conditioning until close to game time. Dylan’s law firm was generous enough to give us tickets again. We had Jersey Giants fans behind us. They had never been to AT&T and volunteered to come back with us so they could see the stadium. It was a good pitching duel, but suddenly the air began to cool and I knew it would it was going to rain. Dylan has a good sense of humor and was good-natured about me joking about a rain delay, and extra innings. Since the previous game had gone past midnight I am sure he and Amey were exhausted. You would have never guessed it.
The rain began, and out came the tarp. We have now had enough rain delays that I could participate in tarping and untarping. They used a different system in Philly to untarp and wrapped it around a big section of pipe. This seemed awkward vs simply folding it, but I am sure there is a reason for it. We went up toward the concourse and found a seat for Bert and after he spent 2 minutes chatting with the people, they moved over so we could all sit together. I learned Amey has a Chicago Cubs tradition in her family, as I do in mine. It was pleasant to get to spend some time visiting. After the rain delay Dylan took over scoring for Bert. He stepped in because the lighting was poor in the upper row close to the concourse. Like many of the Sternbergs, he learned his scoring from Bert. The thunder and lightning continued, but the bats remained quiet until the 9th. Hunter Pence tripled and the rest was history.
Bert and Le Anne