Sweet victory against the Dodgers Game 79 on the road

Bert, Le Anne, Harriet, and Dave brave Dodgers stadium

Bert, Le Anne, Harriet, and Dave brave Dodgers stadium


Well yesterdays game was 100 for the year, according to my score book, 79 were away games, leaving 2 more in LA to complete the 81 for 93 adventure. We are going to do it! It is a bit tiring we will admit, but what could be more exciting than yesterdays 5-2 13th inning win. It brings us closer to the playoffs, but no guarantee yet.
A 3 run 13th inning was exciting coming down the home stretch. The relievers did their job. Peavy threw his 83 pitches in 7 innings. He was almost matched by Haran’s 100 pitches in his 7 inning. Two more games vs the Dodgers. It could get more exciting before the week is over.

We should mention that Larry Baer invited us to the office proceeding next Sundays home game. What could he have in mind? Whatever it is, we are excited.

And now for the ladies view- I don’t make any bones about it, I can’t stand driving in LA. We opted for a nap, and overslept. We usually get there two hours pre-game, but it was 5:30 when we woke up. It is only a little over 3 miles so we felt we had plenty of time. Naturally there was a detour getting on the 110, and naturally even Bert could have walked faster than we drove. We arrived at the stadium and dashed in to a prefered lot and hurried to the stadium. There was no time to get the passport stamped, and we hurried to our seats. Harriet and Dave who follow our blog came by to say hi, and sadly we only had time for a brief conversation and a quick photo, and then just about enough time to fill out the line up on the score book. The atmosphere was a playoff atmosphere last night, and the Giants came to play.

Joe who was sitting at the top of our section

Joe who was sitting at the top of our section

They looked like a different team from the one we saw in San Diego. The Dodgers had massive cheer squads
Cheer squad performed pre-game.

Cheer squad performed pre-game.

Frank Sinatra Jr sang the National Anthem and it was Tommy Lasordas birthday complete with a cake and well wishes from Magic Johnson. Lucky for us we came to spoil the party.
Giants get hyped for a battle

Giants get hyped for a battle


As with the 1st visit to Dodger stadium I encountered some less than desireable behavior from Dodgers fans. I took a hit in the back of my knee with a beer bottle and my knee is still smarting. I think that both the Dodgers organization and Dodgers fans could end this type of behavior, and they should. We heard great Dodgers cheers like Giants suck. Some Dodgers fans apologized, but none of them told the idiots to zip it.
Beer bottle that some Dodgers fan threw at me from behind

Beer bottle that some Dodgers fan threw at me from behind


The great overtime victory did take the sting out of being hit, as did the comments from a Dodger fan who said I would take Hunter Pence over Puig any day and Brandon Crawford over Hanley Ramirez.
Photo of Pence drumming up Giants win sent from our friend Loran

Photo of Pence drumming up Giants win sent from our friend Loran


To what do I credit for the win? Maybe the great together we can spirit? Maybe the coaching? The pitching? The fielding, which was terrific? Or the bats that seemed to light up? No- I credit Hunter Pence for the drum playing on Browns head that seems to fire up the Giants.
Giants needed something to get bats going

Giants needed something to get bats going


Oh, and I would be remiss in failing to report on the food.
Dinner last night

Dinner last night


Like all else in Dodgers stadium dinner didn’t live up to what we enjoy as Giants fans. We both got burned hot dogs.
I got texts pre-game from Giants fans asking us to tell the Giants that they want to Giants to know they still believe. My nieces boyfriend who lives in Seattle sent us a photo of how much he believed
Johnny put his money where his mouth is

Johnny put his money where his mouth is


My mom texted she was exhausted but wouldn’t close her eyes until the final pitch was thrown. My dad who has Alzheimer’s took a lap each time the Giants got a hit. My sister rooted them on, and said she believed in the Giants and they would win just like the Seahawks. My daughter joined in listening to every play. Fans like Larry from Texas watched eagerly on MLB, and told us he already had tickets for 2 Giants series next year and wanted to plan a get together. Fans from the blog are already planning when we can get together next year. We also got texts from across the country from as far as Iowa who saw us on TV and reported on Kruik and Kuips commentary.
Bert and I are moved by the people who have become part of the 81 for 93 adventure. Go Giants….together we can! And as if we didn’t have enough fun at Dodgers stadium Bert suggested we just try and go direct to the right field gate instead of retraceing our path in. We got out to the lots and couldn’t find our car. after 30 minutes of walking we did get a cart and described where we had come in, and he took us right to the car.
Until
Bert and Le Anne

7 comments

  1. David Steinberg

    Yes, it was a great game. Sorry it was such an ordeal for you! The win, after all the build-up, should energize everyone for tonight’s game. Hoping for the best.

  2. Loran M T

    Loran here- LeAnne asked me to comment on my first experience with Dodger Stadium….Here’s the thing: I’ve travelled as a single woman all around the world. Even this year with my road trips for Giants games, never was I anxious about attending games alone or walking in any city after games- Detroit, DC, Chicago, Philadelphia, etc. When I was planning my three week road trip out west, I initially intended to skip the Dodgers home games because I had heard the spectrum on Giants fan experiences- most were on the “beware” end of the spectrum. RIck of RIck and Rene of San Mateo, whom I met during the Friday Detroit rain delay, convinced me that my trip would not be complete without at least one game at Dodgers Stadium. I was advised not to wear Giants gear and try to dampen my cheering. I mostly didn’t want to get my ass kicked as I enjoy expressing my unfettered enthusiasm when the guys get a hit or throw a strike. Nonetheless, I bought a ticket behind the Visitor’s dugout sure that I would be surrounded by Giants fans and protected during the game with only my anxiety arriving and leaving the stadium remaining. Kismet being what it is, I found Ben and Lynn (friends of Rick and Rene) outside the hotel headed to the game, so I felt OK about donning my Giants cap and heading to the stadium with them. Luckily they agreed to meet me for the trip back as well. So that fear was dispelled.
    Well…as I took my seat in Sec 22 row C seat 1 and there was not a Giants fan within 5 rows until the second inning…I was worried. I’ve enjoyed the banter with opposing fans and the good-natured smack talk in EVERY OTHER stadium this year.
    I was so uncomfortable during the game. Of the 50 or so people within my immediate vicinity, I could identify 8 Dodgers fans on all sides of me that started the mean-spirited taunts from the first inning. And it only got worse as the alcohol flowed. After every celebration, I sat right back down with my hands folded in my lap and ignored the jeers and dirty looks as much as possible. The fans seem to feed off the lack of sportsmanship of the LA team and overall poor attitude (reminiscent of a central Ohio team who, once caught breaking the rules, shrugs and claims martyrdom).
    The game was amazing- probably my second favorite of actual gameplay this season after the crazy 14- inning Philadelphia game, but the experience in Dodger Stadium was awful. And I fully acknowledge that it’s only the 10-15% of the fans that create the menacing vibe spoiling a fine night at the ballpark.
    I wouldn’t recommend attending without other people in your group hopefully including bodyguards, MMA fighters, and a couple of ninja assassins for good measure.

    • 81for93

      I asked Loran to post her experience in the hopes that the Dodgers and Dodgers fans will do something about the bad behavior. We all love the game and would like to make sure it is a safe and sane experience.
      Le Anne

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