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.
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.
We met Terri from the Giants executive offices and she showed us the inner sanctum We then met Laura who was doing an internship with the Giants, and she took us to the field. We got to walk down the same tunnel the players use. It was all like a dream . 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. 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
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.
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.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.
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
Bert and Le Anne
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.
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.
Bert and Le Anne
We are committed to writing a daily blog. We honor our commitments, but if one is to tell the truth, and one always does so(even when one becomes 2)This a.m. is not condusive to positive thinking. What can one( or two) say when the Padres sweep a series when our guys desperatly need to wind up their mediocre season on a upswing. BTW Webster defines mediocre as average. And of the 3 games, only one of them was even mediocre. Who can we blame? Bochy? Our starters? Vogies reached 100 pitches in 5 innings? Our bullpen? We used 5, even gave Bochy Jr a workout, all to no avail.
So as the season winds down, the only question can be “Will they try and repair the broken wheel?” I am not even sure of that.
And now for the ladies view- I did the stadium tour pre-game and learned a few interesting facts about Petco. The most interesting to me were about the brick that PETA purchased.
Peta wanted a brick that said boycott PetCo and naturally with PetCo spending the millions of dollars for the naming rights, the Padres were reluctant to grant that request. PETA snuck by a brick that spells out the message, but using a seemingly positive message. Read the brick and take the 1st letter of each word and you have Boycott PetCo. The second interesting thing Tim shared was regardinging the earthquake buffers built in to the stadium. The railing has already shifted over an inch.
We got to explore all the nooks and crannies of the park including the Fox cameras.
Loran the Giants fan from Ohio went on the tour with me, since it was about 6 miles of walking according to the guide. Bert wasn’t up to 6 miles yet.
I am continuing to battle a dying computer, so will have to post the rest of the photos after it has cooled down in LA.
After the tour I headed back to the Omni to grab my backpack and Bert and head to the ballpark. We were on the elevator with Brian Sabean, and one of the Giants scouts. Bert and the other people on the elevator were oblivious. They discussed the Giants play and I just smiled at Mr. Sabean. He didn’t comment.
We met a nice Dodgers fan who took photos for us and had a mix of Padres and Giants fans around us. The discussion was friendly, and other than the loss the game was a good social experience. We shared our generous portion of shrimp and fries with the Padres fans next to us. Late in the game a few Padres fans had a few to many beers. After multiple warnings they were ejected.
Coming back we met the Gamer Angels and we took the elevator back up to our rooms. We ran into Tim Lincecum. I asked if he would be offended if we took a photo. He immediately took off his headphones and posed with Bert 1st and then the Gamers Angels. We all talked about the hope we still have for the season. I guess that is the difference between Bert and I. I remember the warm conversation and the fact that we all believe including Timmy. Bert remembers the Padres sweep. Well shutting off the computer and hitting the road for LA to see how much the Giants want to win.
Until Bert and Le Anne
It was a tight fast game with both starting pitchers going 8 innings (Peavy 1 man short), and both throwing a hundred pitches. Poseys 4th inning solo homer provided the difference for a Giant win period. Romo got the 1 man he was asked to face for the 3rd out in the 8th. Casilla closed the game with a 1-2-3 ninth. If they do as well today, the Giants will take the series, and perhaps come in to the final 2 weeks as a real threat to take the division.
And now for the ladies view- we wandered by TGI Fridays and decided it was fate, so we chose to go in for dinner. We began with a mojito for me and a Pinot Grigio for Bert. I had a New York Burger and Bert had the California Club. After missing lunch we were grateful for the hardy portions.
I forgot my phone so didn’t have anyones info with me…no tweets, texts, or photos the entire game. We met Tim, a Giants fan from AZ who wanted a photo with us, and lucky for me he sent it to me. Loran, a Giants fan from Ohio met up with us at our seats. She is going to be at the remaining games(except not all Dodgers games), and drove all the way from Ohio, hoping to be part of something special.
Bochy actually called this one the way I would have, including letting Peavy stay in a bit longer than he should have. I watched the score on the Dodgers game hoping the Rockies wouldn’t give up the lead. We had two things to celebrate last night; a GIANTS win and a dodgers loss. We are back to within 3 games! I am hoping we can gain some ground so that the Dodgers series isn’t as important. GO GIANTS!
The Internet at the Clarendon is spotty and I can’t get any more photos up, so will add them in when we get to the Omni in San Diego.
Bert and Le Anne
The covered stadium helped the Dbacks diehards (21,731) enjoy a pleasant win over the visiting Giants, while the high 90’s outside kept everyone uncomfortable.
But Trumbos’ grandslam in the 3rd gave the DBacks a 4-0 lead, which was never contested. Miley was in full control of the Giants until he left after 92 pitches in the 5th inning. The lead was never threatened, and the Giants must win the next 2 to take the series. We will be there to cheer them on an we continue the 81 for 93 adventure.
And now for the ladies view- We began the trip with a stop by AT&T for a guest spot on Marty Lurie’s pre-game show. We were made official members of his fan club and met lots of great Giants fans, who rooted us on as we come down the stretch on the final road trip of the 81 for 93 adventure. To hear the broadcast click here http://www.loveofthegameproductions.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Bert_Steinberg__GIANTS_Superfan-1410726496.mp3. It was loud and noisy, and of course there we techical problems with a remote, but we had fun meeting the New York lawyer behind the mike. We then hopped in the car and made it as far as Redlands before opting to call it a day. We headed out early and made it to the hotel in time to head to Chase after a quick siesta.
We went to the Arizona Baseball Club for dinner, and Bert ordered the chicken caesar salad which was enormous, and I ordered the tamales. The tamales were a piece of art on the plate, and the guacamole provided a complement to the eye and the palate.
And now for my comments of the game. I want a world series. After the disaster with the Dodgers, I figured Bochy would play each game like it was an elimination game. It was apparent from the start that Vogie was not at his best, yet Bochy made no changes. I don’t understand when we put my beloved Boys from the bay at such a disadvantage. I seethed the entire game, and were it not for a fellow Pence fan visiting from Texas I might have stormed close to the field to let Bochy have a piece of my mind. IMHO when you have a stinker you need a great game to erase it, and that wasn’t what this game provided. Enough said. I hope he takes this game seriously, and we end up with a W tonight.
We are currently under flash flood watch and I hope we get thunder from the Giants bats tonight
So we won 2 games of the Tigers interleague series. The Giants 4 runs to open the game in the 1st inning gave Madison the opportunity to get away with a mediocre performance. 100 pitches in 6 innings. The tigers 3 homers accounting for their 4 runs, still allowed him to capture a win.
Our boys have now won 8 of 10. They are keeping up with the Dodgers, although they still need 2 games to catch up. So Go Giants!
And now for the ladies view- Baseball has become all-consuming. I feel for Botchy. We began with a discussion with a Giants fan from KY at breakfast. He says he became a Giants fan at age 8, and listened to the Giants, read the Giants, and now is attending more Giants games at AT&T than many locals.
We then proceeded to the game and Rick and Rene came up to meet us at our seats. They were the couple who gave us the great tickets for Sundays game. My family is excited because they may actually get to see me at a game, and not just rely on my text updates. We learned we both have daughters who dance. Rick is a great advocate for the Steinbergs. It was great to have an opportunity to get to know them a bit, and like the other friendships we have started along the way I hope it continues. For me the family, and friends are as important as the baseball on the 81 adventure.
There was a young couple sitting next to us. They made the same mistake we did when booking tickets. To us the club level is a premium place to watch a game. In all other stadiums( or stadia as Berts says) the club has perks in this ballpark the tickets are in the nosebleed section. We were in 330 and had a good but high view of home plate. For fans wanting club seats at Comerica they called Tigers den and are wide padded chairs.
We had the $5 value menu which was a hot dog, chips, and a small pop. We followed it with ice cream. After the great victory we went to a local place for dinner. I thought that this was a better outing for Mad Bum than Bert did. He gave all he had as he always does, and we had a win.If everyone did that every game we would beat LA.
Well, Sunday we will be behind home so watch for us on ESPN.
Bert and Le Anne
Bert is behind with the crazy chedule we have. He may update latter, but since we need to get to game I am publishing the blog now.
And now for the ladies view – We began the day with a trip to Breadfurst a great place to have coffee and a pastry in a small neighbor co-op. We met Joel Swerdlow and one of his students to discuss the book. His student had grown up as a Palestinian in Jerusalem, so had a good perspective on people. Joel explained the reality of the publishing business, and we have decided to move forward. We returned to the hotel in time to finish the blog, and then it was time to head to the ballpark. It was raining again, and we both missed the umbrella and a bunch of other items carefully placed in Bert’s closet,so we wouldn’t forget them. We walked to the Metro station and grabbed the red line to the green line and walked in the the rain sans umbrella or raincoat to the stadium. Our 1st purchase was a couple of ponchos, and our second a couple of bottles of water. It seemed ironic to be buying water when it was coming down in a steady stream.
We arrived at our seats in section 130 and saw Martha, and angel of mercy, who saw that Bert was winded and wet and would do better seated some place dry. I learned that her son and husband both worked at the ballpark. She and Bert traded pins. It is the only non-Giants pin Bert has on his Giants cap. We were in the disabled row and were dry and Bert recovered from the walk.
We opted for the cheesesteaks, because they were close and we were hungry. They were tasty, but cold by the time I returned to the seats. The row in front of us had a bunch of Giants fans who recognized us from the MLB article. They asked if they could take a photo, and of course we were happy to oblige.
We got to watch the tarping and untarping of the field, and I held my breath that we wouldn’t have a repeat of Chicago.
Timmy was pitching, and although he spent time in Seattle we have heard he doesn’t like rain. We predicted in yesterdays blog that he would not pitch well and he didn’t. Bert gave the dreadful details, so I have nothing much to add. I don’t understand why you force a pitcher to pitch in cicumstances he doesn’t like. He is also missing his favorite catcher, Hector Sanchez, and just doesn’t seem to do well with Buster or Susac. If Bochy had Petit pitch today, based on what we saw, we would have had another W which we badly needed if we are going to beat LA.
On the ride home we met two interesting guys, Jeff and John, both journalists, and both Nats fans. They enjoyed todays game more than we did, but talking about the game on the way “home” made the time pass quickly.
We may be underdogs for the next game, but as a man who has seen more than 80 years of baseball has explained, on any given day, either team could win.
Bert and Le Anne