Category: San Francisco Giants

My 1st world series

Giants prepare for a big World series victory

Giants prepare for a big World series victory


When we began the 81 for 93 adventure my desire for this fairy tale was a Giants world series victory.
Even before the World series the stadium fills with eager Giants fans

Even before the World series the stadium fills with eager Giants fans

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.
Great San Francisco sky

Great San Francisco sky

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.
Bert takes Le Anne to her 1st World series

Bert takes Le Anne to her 1st World series

We witnessed one loss and last night one win. As Bert shared words of wisdom from Clint Hurdle winning is more fun.
Seeing AT&T decked out with World Series decoration

Seeing AT&T decked out with World Series decoration

Last night was exceptionally fun.
Our boys from the bay want a victory

Our boys from the bay want a victory

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.
Our friend Mike and Gina who have cheered Giants on all season long bring their daughter to a World series

Our friend Mike and Gina who have cheered Giants on all season long bring their daughter to a World series

We also made some new friends who were associated with the Astros.
World Series game 4- Le Anne's favorite so far

World Series game 4- Le Anne’s favorite so far


Royals fans shared a table and love of the game

Royals fans shared a table and love of the game

Old glory and the glorious win in game 4

Old glory and the glorious win in game 4

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.

Eager Giants fans waiting to get in. photo courtesy of Jack Bair

Eager Giants fans waiting to get in. photo courtesy of Jack Bair

Game 2 vs Nats sets Record in playoffs

Bert and Ryan Vogelsong's wife discuss how tough traveling on the road is

Bert and Ryan Vogelsong’s wife discuss how tough traveling on the road is

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.

Despite being overwhelmed with customers the sale person happily stamped my passport

Despite being overwhelmed with customers the sale person happily stamped my passport

. 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
George- one of the beloved Presidents

George- one of the beloved 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.
These Giants fans led chants of Go Giants.

These Giants fans lead chants of Go Giants.


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
Limited edition Louis Vuitton bag that I think would be perfect for this Giants fan.

Limited edition Louis Vuitton bag that I think would be perfect for this Giants fan.

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.

Waiting for the cab we got to discuss great baseball. Nats fans were good sports even when they lost

Waiting for the cab we got to discuss great baseball. Nats fans were good sports even when they lost

Giants continue Underdog role in Playoffs vs Nats

Bert and Willy Mays Nephew Don

Bert and Willy Mays Nephew Don

It’s called the post season. In retrospect it seems more like a new season. We were at Washingtons National Park for both games and like the 44,000 plus at each one, we feel like we need a real rest. We are traveling as the teams are doing, and keep up with the exciting finish.
Warm, cloudy, and awash in a sea of white Nats towels  Nationals Park was alive for 4 innings

Warm, cloudy, and awash in a sea of white Nats towels Nationals Park was alive for 4 innings


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
The Nats fans expected a victory

The Nats fans expected a victory

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.

Giants fans find each other in the metro

Giants fans find each other in the metro

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”.
Brig General Richard M Murphy former Giant bat boy) and his wife

Brig General Richard M Murphy former Giant bat boy) and his wife

Nats fans were baseball savvy and wanted photos with Bert

Nats fans were baseball savy and wanted photos with Bert

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.
Until we took the wind out of their sails Nats fans roared

Until we took the wind out of their sails Nats fans roared

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.
Giants staff made every Giants fan feel welcome

Giants staff made every Giants fan feel welcome

How we ended up in Pittsburgh

Bert gets tagged by a MLB reporter on Instagram

Bert gets tagged by a MLB reporter on Instagram

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.

As usual the people who stamp the passport are friendly

As usual the people who stamp the passport are friendly

We then got the passport stamped and went off to our seats. The stadium was awash in a sea of black and the Pirates fans showed they really believed in their Bucs. Even at a playoff game they were welcoming first class fans who understood that the battle was on the field and not in the stands. We were all here to see a great game. We only saw about 50 Giants fans in the crowd of about 40,000.
Giants fans stick together

Giants fans stick together

There was a deaf-mute fan across the aisle from Bert named Baseball Joe who for the 1st 4 inning did nothing but blow a whistle. It was awful for my ears and I imagine Bert with his hearing aids suffered even more. The usher said anything goes except cursing, so I was relieved when the Giants bats came alive and Mad Bums pitching was near perfect. Crawford came up with a timely hit. We walked away with a 8-0 victory. Also of note was another Sandoval catch with a flip into the dugout. This time he wasn’t blowing a bubble.
Fans cheer on the Bucs wildly waving towels and flags

Fans cheer on the Bucs wildly waving towels and flags

It was a blackout at PNC

It was a blackout at PNC


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.
Leaves are changing color as we drive thru Pennsylvania

Leaves are changing color as we drive thru Pennsylvania

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.

Getting Called to the Office can be fun 9/28 at AT&T

On the field before Larry  Baer and Bruce Bochy came out

On the field before Larry Baer and Bruce Bochy came out

We didn’t write the blog on game 82 because the game was a disappointment, and we got home late and then got up early to head back to San Francisco in time for a victory against the Padres. We had visits from people we had met along the way.

Scott who we met in NY reconnects on Saturday

Scott who we met in NY reconnects on Saturday

We had a message from the Giants office that we should be in the office at noon. It is the 1st time that I had ever looked forward to a visit to the office so we headed that direction around 11:30. We had to stop in and get Bert a new score book so he could score the game, since he filled his last one up. We ran into fans as we headed to the stadium and we felt lucky to be able to represent them in this journey.

Black, white, or orange are all great looks on the streets of San Francisco this year

Black, white, or orange are all great looks on the streets of San Francisco this year

Giants fan celebrate with the Steinbergs pre game

Giants fan celebrate with the Steinbergs pre game


We met Terri from the Giants executive offices and she showed us the inner sanctum
Bert and Terri who gave us a tour of the Giants offices

Bert and Terri who gave us a tour of the Giants offices

We then met Laura who was doing an internship with the Giants, and she took us to the field.
Laura from the Giants office took us down to the  field

Laura from the Giants office took us down to the field

We got to walk down the same tunnel the players use. It was all like a dream
walking down the tunnel to baseball heaven

walking down the tunnel to baseball heaven

. We were unsure what was happening and then someone from the Giants told our story. Bruce Bochy and Larry Baer( giants CEO) presented us with a jersey that every player and coach had signed. My only comment is wow.
The Steinbergs jersey signed by all players and coaches.

The Steinbergs jersey signed by all players and coaches.

We were so overwhelmed that the players and coaches and ownership would honor us for just being regular fans who were lucky enough to see a bunch of games, that we couldn’t even focus on scoring the game. Neither of us took out our score book the entire game. Prior to heading to our seats for the game we got a tour of the media truck. I felt I had entered the starship Enterprise
Inside the broadcast truck

Inside the broadcast truck


We then rushed to our seats and had a great view of the team as they won 9-3. Here are a few shots from our seats.
Travis Ishikawa

Travis Ishikawa

Panda at the plate

Panda at the plate

Buster batting

Buster batting

Brian keeping thing under control

Brian keeping thing under control

The Brandons

The Brandons

Pence posing

Pence posing

Bert watching Lou Seal toss cracker jacks

Bert watching Lou Seal toss cracker jacks

Larry Baer and his wife Pam watch as the Giants win another one

Larry Baer and his wife Pam watch as the Giants win another one

Brandons get a quick up date on the new pitcher

Brandons get a quick up date on the new pitcher

View of the dugout from the seats the Giants gave us

View of the dugout from the seats the Giants gave us

Listening to Rev Pence rally the team

Listening to Rev Pence rally the team

Sergio Romo is always having fun. Today he installs a cup on the camera mans head

Sergio Romo is always having fun. Today he installs a cup on the camera mans head

Well it was a great day, and all evening we heard from people via text, blog, and email. We had decided that due to my cousin’s death we wouldn’t be going on to Pittsburgh, but after a night to think about it we decided this isn’t just our journey, this is the journey of every baseball fan. We recieved so many inquiries from people regarding continuing the post season journey we decided we would be remiss if we didn’t finish the fairy tale. We are tired but we will go as far as fate, heart, and the Giants take us. Together we can.

The Steinbergs are ready to go all the way to the world series.

The Steinbergs are ready to go all the way to the world series.

Oh, and of course this blog wouldn’t be complete without a mention of the food. Bert naturally went for a hot dog and I naturally didn’t. I had a Caprese sandwich which is mozzarella, tomato, and spice on sourdough. It was a bit messy, but tasty.
Bert eating a hotdog next to the dugout

Bert eating a hotdog next to the dugout

So now we are off to see the stadium where we met Kruk and Kuip. Where we met James, where we were given hot chocolate by guest services. PNC was our favorite stadium (outside of our home park) and we hope we don’t go 14 innings again to beat the Pirates. Thanks for encouraging us when we were tired! We booked the plane and hotel and tomorrow fly all night so we can see one team play one game for one step to one more World Series

Until,
Bert and Le Anne

Dodgers take game 2 of this series road game 80

Bert, Aaron, and Le Anne score the game at Dodgers stadium

Bert, Aaron, and Le Anne score the game at Dodgers stadium

Game 80 away, with 1 to go. It was my 101st game of the season, a 4-2 loss to the Dodgers as they evened this series. The interesting part was it was home run derby day- all 6 runs resulting from 4 baggers. The Dodgers took the lead, and never looked back, with 2 homers for 3 runs in the 1st. Bumgarner, who has been used as a pitch hitter, gave the Giants their only 2 runs, with his 1st at bat in the 3rd inning. The 1st 3 innings had the lead of runner getting on base with a hit, but Madison cashed in, with the only Giants runs for the day.
The Dodgers added the 4th run with Turners second 4 bagger in the 8th. The series is tied, and today we will close it out. The Dodgers have the league lead. The Giants should make the wild card. What will the final league result be? Who knows? I won’t predict.

Where to begin? It is game 80. My cousin Aaron is joining us to watch the game. I got to see a game with his dad in DC and now with Aaron. They both scored the game. I am reflecting on what this trip has meant to me, and I ask is it baseball? family? friends we have met along the way? time with Bert? I guess like baseball it is the entire team that is important- no player more important than the other. I love the Giants! They are a true team, and work hard for a single goal. The trip will be over in one more game. I have mixed emotions about it ending. Both Bert and I are tired,yet I know if there were 81 more games we could make it together, and yet it will be nice not to be eating another burnt Dodger Dog, and to sleep in our own bed.
It was a game of drama. First a lead off homer by Turner, then Bumgarner hitting Puig. Puig charged Mad Bum, and then the benches emptied.

Both benches empty following Mad Bum hitting Puig with a pitch

Both benches empty following Mad Bum hitting Puig with a pitch


We were surrounded by Dodgers fans last night. They were not the bad, drunk ones, and were fascinated by our 81 adventure. They came around when I told them to watch out for Mad Bum at the plate, and they scoffed. As if on cue Mad Bum homers, and the Dodgers fans are stunned. I am totally bummed by the loss, and again I find myself second guessing Bochys choice of starters in a do or die game against the Dodgers. Huddie has not done well in his last starts, and the Dodgers have the mighty Kershaw pitching. I guess and Bert and Marty Lurie both say “That’s baseball”
I have another cousin who is a Dodgers fan, and he has been trash talking ever since the Giants lost the lead. I told Zach that I don’t believe the Dodgers will go far, because they are impulsive, hot-headed players who forget about team. Maybe by being steady and predictable Bochy brings something to the team that in the long run serves them well. Play our game, and play as a team. We won’t change our game just because it might serve us now. We play together as a team, and build something that doesn’t just serve us for one game. Go Giants! Pull together, and pull out a win as the great team you are.
As usual we get either the widest or the tallest person sitting right in front of us

As usual we get either the widest or the tallest person sitting right in front of us


Until,
Bert and Le Anne

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