We done it!! Three out of four from the not to bad Mets is a good series result. When we take each series from the Brewers and Royals this week, it means a 7-3 road trip- which is a good statistic. With the Dodgers taking on the exploding Angels there is a good chance to close the leadership gap this week. But don’t be surprised if by this time next week we are back on top.
We find it very encouraging that our gang never gives up- at least not these days. Down early, our fans have gotten into the habit of thinking ” No problem, it isn’t the 7th or 8th inning”. The team keeps fighting to the very last out. And so it was again Monday. Behind, catch up, tie it, almost get the winning hit, and finally getting the one long ball that does the trick. Small ball hasn’t crossed the Bay yet. To be true, the 2 next midwest series offer strong challenges, but we are sure the 3 P’s (Pence, Posey, and Pablo) and Belt will work their magic.
We began the day with an early start since game time was noon today. We had breakfast finished the blog, packed, and checked out of our hotel, then caught the 10 am shuttle to the ballpark. I was once again hopeful that I would get an autograph, and as we headed to the field we stopped by Mets guest relations to get our 1st timer certificate and see if they had the media notes available. Bert told them our story. They are mailing the certificate and were interested in our story.
We arrived early enough to get space at the rail, and Bert scored a front row seat so he didn’t have to stand while we chatted with fans, also hopeful to get an autograph. It is disappointing that in 54 games I have only managed to get 3 signatures. I wish the Giants would at least send a player who is not playing that day to sign for 15-30 minutes. Tracey was standing next to me and was in love with Timmy Lincecum. She had lots of Lincecum accessories, and Bert sacrificed his Lincecum cap pin to a girl who knew Timmy prefered blonds, but still wanted to marry him, despite the disadvantage her of being a brunette.
A mom was there with her boys and had brought them to see the Giants. She said the family pack at Citi Field was an affordable deal for a family, and includes a food credit. Another kind Mets fan shared her sunscreen with Bert. I then got a call from Jason who is a graphics designer and he brought Bert and I tee shirts and posters he had designed.
Kruk and Kuip apparently caught us pregame with the poster and we saw them wave. We got a text from a couple of fans letting us know they saw it on TV. We also got an email from Jason saying that his friend saw a post of us on facebook. Shortly after we were met at the rail by Matt from Mets guest relations and he said the Mets would like to upgrade our seats.
We were just behind the Giants dugout section 126 row 3. We ordered lunch from the seat food service people and it was the only blemish on the day. Our rootbeer was warm, our ice cream cones contained soup, my California rolls were warm, and Berts hot dog was lukewarm. To top it off we waited 45 minutes for the food to arrive.
If the day was not exciting enough I got a text from Ryan from MLB telling us that our 81 for 93 adventure was online at MLB.com http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article/mlb/93-year-old-man-and-his-wife-traveling-to-all-road-san-francisco-giants-games?ymd=20140803&content_id=87779546&vkey=news_mlb He not only interviwed us by Clint Hurdle, and Jeremy Affelt about our story
The game was a thriller, the day was a thriller, the people were a thriller.
After the game we took the bus back to the Hampton, then shuttle to the airport. We took 2 puddle jumpers to make it to Milwaukee. We got in after midnight, and then slept in. The Pfister hotel is exceptional and we are catching our breath. Go Giants!