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.
Blog– Tuesday, July 2, 2014 —
Why a blog today? We are not on the road; the Sports sections will cover yesterday’s great back-up performance by our Timmy who, hopefully, has regained his historic merits; the Giants have snapped out of their slumber; why shouldn’t everyone be happy today — and we are — . So why bother with a blog?
I guess just because things happen — and Le Anne and I had the chance to think back a little bit while catching up at home. Speaking for myself, and you all know Le Anne can very well speak her own mind, two months have flown by. April and May were just yesterday. The Giants have caused eyebrows to raise all over baseball land. Although they are drooping a little right now, it is still a great feeling.
But more than that : Who ever expected that because we had this hair-brained idea of traveling like a Giant player, that so many other things would happen as the adventure unfolded? We never anticipated the reaction as a result of it all. So early on we met Kruk and Kuip in a Pittsburgh stadium elevator; so the Giants TV , thanks to Jim Lynch, started to pick us up from time to time which made us, and our families feel great; but a 2 page write-up in the Chronicle; KPIX doing a newscast interview soon on Channel 5; Larry Baer calling and inviting us to join him in the owners’ box last night at AT&T? Being asked for autographs? People recognizing us on street corners as well as in ball parks all over the country….who ever expected to deal with all that?
We started out to try to learn how it feels to live the life of a major leaguers (a lifetime dream). But, who ever expected to have to learn what it is to be an itty-bitty “celebrity.” Ego satisfying, sure–and to the nth degree. Last night we had the realization that we are just only at about the half way mark in this journey. Where will it all end? Maybe, as someone has suggested and is starting to look into , maybe a book on this unbelievable baseball –but more so, a love — story.
But back to baseball itself and last night. Larry Baer was just the greatest of hosts as we sat in his box near home plate next to the Giants dugout. He was as excited as any fan when the Giants rallied, homered, and started to run away with the game. And his special salute to Timmy when Tim came back to the dugout after his 113th pitch in the 8th inning? A real sportsman to be sure. But Le Anne will be giving you much of those details.
Well last night was one to remember. We picked up our tickets at the VIP will call and went to the seats where we were able to peak in to a near empty dugout.
We were offered drinks and opted for the Ghiradelli hot chocolate. It was delivered piping hot. We talked baseball with the usher. Ushers are a great resource and he shared info on the game, and optimized our view.
Batting practice went on and Mr Baer and his wife and son were gracious hosts. I felt like family. They fed us and made us feel welcome.
The seats were second row and only two seats from the dugout. Bert did a good job of singing the Star-Spangled Banner. We ordered dinner and the menu in this area was extensive. I opted for the crab sandwich which is an AT&T favorite.
The lady next to me had a caprese sandwich and her husband had a Cajun turkey sandwich which looked great. He told me it had just the right amount of spiciness. Bert is practical and opted for a hot dog since he wanted something that was easy to eat and wouldn’t mess up his score book.
The 1st few innings had me wondering if Timmy would have a good game or a stinker, but he worked thru it and ended up pitching a beautiful 5-0 game coming off his no hitter. I got some candid shots of the Boys from the Bay.
Each day I get further into this trip I realize that this trip isn’t just our trip, but about the people we get to share it with. I text updates of the game to my mom and dad in Seattle. My dad has Alzheimer’s, but the game means something to him. He does a celebration dance each time the Giants score. My mom is a Cubs fan, but has embraced the Giants since my arrival in the bay area. My niece is engaged to a long time Giants fan who watches the games on his computer. We talk about the highs and low of the game as the game is going on. My sister loves the food as much as I do and is always willing to play food critic from afar. My daughter who is in France was a Giants fan before I was enjoys the whole baseball experience. Bert’s son David and his partner Kim enjoy sharing the whole experience and are gracious about following the TV coverage when we are out-of-town and sending us clips of Kruk and Kuip. Bert’s friend Jack from New York is recovering from a health issue, and wrote to say that he is getting a vicarious dose of joy from following our blog. It is a story of family, many of whom I hadn’t seen in 20 plus years getting together with us at the road games. It is the story of the people of the people we meet at home or on the road who. We had an email from Nancy a friend from the theater commenting on the TV coverage and from Hoot and Alicia who we met in Phoenix thanking us for bringing the Giants luck. Or the comments from Iowa relatives about Dodgers beating us. Friends and family from North to South and East to West are all part of the trip. Friends from Canada, Switzerland, Austria are even becoming Giants fans.
All of this is possible because Bert and I share a love of the game of baseball and one another. This trip is about learning to work as a team as we pursue this adventure. Bert is a planner and yet has adjusted to occasionally doing things totally spontaneously and trusting that things will turn out. I am enjoying when Bert takes charge and plans a trip like the one to New York. He knows the city, and I appreciate him picking seats, hotels, and arranging things with his friends and family. This is a story of how love grows as we travel the road together.
On a lighter note I am sharing some of the shots of the boys of the bay. I particularly like the one of Pablo Sandoval.
Also if Perez is reading this I chose you as the player who would step up and achieve great things for the Giants this season. You are in the lead off spot…run with it.
My last years pick was Pence and he did alright. I believe the Giants can make my dreams come true, and I can see them win a World Series. July will determine if they have the heart and get a lead on the Dodgers. The Dodgers are trying to buy a World Series, the Giants are trying to do it the old-fashioned way with hard work and heart. Don’t disappoint us….show the world together we can. Bert and I believe.
Yesterday was a whirlwind. We got up at 430 am, caught our flight to Chicago and made it to the hotel. We stayed at MileNorth which has a nice homey feel to it. We grabbed an hour nap and then headed off to the ball game. We took the red line to the ball park, and had a bit of a walk to the stadium. I managed to get our 1st stamp in the passport book, then we got our 1st timer certificate at guest relations. One of the woman there offered to show us the world series trophy. I will try to take her up on it today. I went for the Cuban sandwich, but left my cash at the seat, only to discover that they only take cash and no credit cards. This was a new experience. My take on US Cellular Park is that it ranks average when compared to PNC and AT&T. On a positive note it has good wi-fi, and scoreboard provided the info we needed, but it was behind the top stadiums as far as giving the complete info such as speed of pitches. The food seems better than average, but bring cash. Bert and I ended up eating a waffle cone and Vienna dogs. The hot dogs were saltier than I like but warm and big enough to fill us up. We had a large rootbeer and it was warm before we finished it.
I will leave discussion of the game to Bert as I was hopeful we could win. The positive note of the day was the autograph from #Brandon Crawford. He was a patient guy and I wanted him to have a great game.
After the game we took the redline train back toward the hotel. The guardian angels were there to protect us. My mom is from Chicago and would have loved them making us feel safe. .
And today we expect the victory….
Bert’s view- As Le Anne reported it was a bad day from the start.Things started to look better when our guys took the 2 run lead in the opening inning BUT also as usual went to sleep until the late innings. Yesterdays difference was they forgot to wake up. I held my breath when Cain got to the 3rd inning, but he didn’t change his recent pattern. After the 3rd and then after the 4th, our not yet recovered Cain $20 Millionaire did his 2014 thing, and it was all over. Sanchez went down,and we are holding our breath that he will be ok. Not a good way to start this short road trip. We can still make it a positive one, by taking 3 of the next 4.
Sunday even after my early sidewalk psychological days, I might get to understand to the early stars in their 20’s, the year following their reward for last years performance.
After today’s matinee we are off to Phoenix for the weekend. Day off tomorrow.
Bert and Le Anne