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When we began the 81 for 93 adventure my desire for this fairy tale was a Giants world series victory. Bert and I made it to Pittsburgh, and Washington DC and we felt privileged to be made welcome in the Giants family. We missed out on the Cardinals series due to my cousins funeral and fundraiser for his 3 kids in Texas. I returned home to find Bert under the weather and he was admitted to the hospital. He was released in time to enjoy a great Cardinals victory. He didn’t feel up to KC trip and is awaiting surgery this Thursday. I trust he will be fine, but ask for prayers as any surgery especially at 94 has risks. Bert is a trooper and took me to 2 home games. We witnessed one loss and last night one win. As Bert shared words of wisdom from Clint Hurdle winning is more fun. Last night was exceptionally fun. The stadium rocked, we met some great Royals fans, and celebrated with people we had spent the regular season on the rollercoaster that was the Giants season. We also made some new friends who were associated with the Astros.
From the opening ceremony and streamers to the fireworks of the Giants bats it was a game of a lifetime. I just hope the fairy tales ends with Bert healthy and the Giants wearing another ring.
You may have thought yesterdays playoff game in the Nations capitol was exciting, but only until you stayed awake long enough the next night. The longest game in playoff history gave the Giants a second win after 6 hours 23 minutes and 18 innings. The Giants behind by 1 run(1-0) after the 3rd tied it at the top of the 9th. So it went for 18 innings until Belt belted a homer and let us all relax a bit and prepare for the next exciting game of NLDS championship. World series play early in the post season, with each manager and player eyeing that World Series ring. Another great week of baseball to look forward to.
And now for the ladies view- Loran and I planned on touring the Capitol pre-game, however we opted to do what ladies do when they are exhausted we went and got our hair done. I arrived back just in time to get Bert and head to the ballpark. We took a cab this time to avoid the problem we had the previous day. I went in to the team store after waiting about 30 minutes in line to just get in to the store. Nats fans were buying things so quickly they were wheeling racks of apparel in as fast as it was going out the door. I then had to stand in another line to get to the register to get the stamp for the passport. It snaked all the way thru the store.. I will say it was a great place to watch a ball game even being a visitor. We were treated with respect, and all the Giants fans I spoke with said that any ribbing was purely in fun. The park had families with kids so I would say it was family friendly even during a playoff game. Also the fans love their Presidents Each game 4 presidents race to cheers from the fans. The even have a website devoted to the President’s races.
We were in 114 again and saw Mark and his brother again. They were behind us this game. Russ and Terri from the Giants front office were also there. Even having a fun time at a playoff game they make sure all the fans are happy. Russ even bought Bert a hot chocolate when in was late and he saw Bert shivering. They had to work after the long game, so our sitting in the lounge at the airport seems like a walk in the park.
Bert spoke to Ryan Vogelsongs wife about the travel aspect, and I spoke to her about her handbag. She has a handbag that I had eyed online, but it was to expensive. It was great to see it in person She was also good at leading the fans to cheer the Giants on. The game was incredible and I felt for Huddie pitching in the cold with a sore hip. I didn’t think he would make 5 innings, but I guess champs step up even when things seem impossible.
The Giants fans really do seem like a Giants family, and other than 18 innings and the longest game in baseball history I don’t have much to say.
The 1st game did not permit a lead of more than 2 runs, so it was a nail bitter. The Giants got the clinching run in the 7th when Paniks triple was followed by Poseys RBI. Solo homers by Harper and Cabrera off Strickland then made it a 1 run game in the 7th, and there the scoring ended leaving the Giants ahead 3-2
We are running behind on the blogs but have a bit of time at O’Hare to try to catch things up. It took us 2 hours to make it the 3 plus miles from our hotel to our seats in the stadium. We were supposed to pick up our tickets at player will call. The person directing people at the ticket window sent us all the way around the stadium, and when we arrived there we were told it was back one window from where we began.After a walk to the Muni, changing trains, and a walk to the stadium, the walk around the stadium was too much for Bert and I needed to get a wheel chair for Bert. Game one Peavy was considered our best chance to win on the road per the “experts”. We were in section 114 with the other Giants faithful, Giants family members, and staff. We sat next to Willy Mays nephew on one side and the GM for San Jose Giants and his brother. Mark and his brother made us feel welcome and they had spoken to Righetti and had inside information that Jake was predicted to have a great game. It was an atmosphere that reminded me of a family gathering and I felt like this was the ideal group to share a Giants game with. In front of us was Brig General Richard M Murphy and his wife. They are related to “Murph” from the Giants and were there celebrating his (Richard’s)50th birthday. He was a batboy for the Giants in his formative years. The stories and the people we meet continue to paint and incredible story. The game was a nail bitter and even I was exhausted.
They call it the post season, but for some like Le Anne it is THE SEASON. Is it possible that a baseball savvy adult has never yet attended a World Series game? Surely those who know Bert are aware of his penchant for bringing to fruition someones unfilled desires. So can there be any wonder that this season must reach its fulfillment of this new ecstatic baseball world to satisfy this ambition.
No more need be said. Go Giants!
And now for the ladies view- How did we end up in Pittsburgh? After the Sunday win and the beautiful ceremony the Giants had to celebrate the completion of the 81 we received calls, emails and texts asking if we would go on. Everyone from the Pirates to the SF Chronicle wanted to know. We had planned on just attending home playoff games, however we felt like we had the chance to follow this dream for every fan who couldn’t, so we booked the flight and hotel, and the Giants arranged for tickets.
After little sleep we hopped the red-eye and arrived in Pittsburgh. We stayed at the Renaissance which was convenient. Our pastor Dan and his wife Barbara were in town, so after a nap we met them for a drink then headed to the ballpark. We picked up our tickets and wanted to see Kathy who was the supervisor on the club level who had brought us hot chocolate and James who had put us on the elevator with Kruk and Kuip. Chuck from Pirates guest relations would not allow us to go up to thank them, and we were both disappointed. I would say more than disappointed. Bert and I are not security risks and certainly would not try to grab a seat in the club instead of sitting in our section with Giants family members behind the dugout. I felt this was a move by someone who was in a position of power and he could use it for no other reason than because he liked to. Those two people were some of the 1st to share the passion for the game and to really make us feel welcome at a ballpark. They influenced us enough that in the interviews we always gave credit to PNC and ranked it number one…it is a good thing our 1st experience at PNC had not been with Chuck.
I then had to make reservations. We had a flight booked on United to return to SF. Bert decided he would make this special and we could go on to DC, so I called United. They said they would give us credit, but I would need to have priceline call them. I called Priceline and they said United’s policy is no refund, so we ended up with no refund or credit on the return flight. I decided to book American so we didn’t have an issue going forward. I then booked a hotel, and texted Loran another die-hard Giants fan from Ohio to see if she was going to DC. She said she was so we rode with her. The drive thru PA was beautiful and the trees were red, gold, and green. We ended up at the hotel and after a nap went to dinner. We were recommended a place called Old Ebbitt Grill and food and drink were reasonable and delicious. Bert had wings and I had maine lobster pot pie. Yum.
Well another nap and then off to take on the Nats. We are underdogs again.