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 98-77 away- It was another one we would like to forget! In a way I can’t wait for the next 4 games so that I may be relieved of the 81 weight I seem to be carrying on my back. Promises are promises. Expectations must be met. So with all the glamor, and excitement that the 81 story has engendered, how may I plead not to just being tired, but being tired of the travel. The day does not now pass when Le Anne and I are not stopped, admired, or congratulated on what we are doing. I am wondering what it is we are doing to engender these reactions.
Winning or losing baseball games, no longer seems the issue, in attempting to comment on the game, or what tomorrow may bring. The many reactions and friendly discussions we are having in all of our travel, have made us realize how much a sport- including baseball of course, breaks the ice among people to the point of molding and melding attitudes about all our lifestyles, different as they may be.
We have learned from others, that these interactions have been helpful. We have learned so much about others as we travel. What else could be better? So the Giants were swamped by the Padres. The friends and relationships created on this trip make that fact seem immaterial. Who would have thought?
And now for the ladies view- We met Loran for lunch at the terrace. On the way we passed a display with a baseball from the 1800’s.
We had our burgers and beer, and then came back to watch a rare Cubs come from behind finish. We gained on those Dodgers, and were full of hope as we headed to the game. I am limping thru trying to publish the blog since my laptop battery is dying. I have a new one on order, but I won’t have it until I get home. We had a great group of Giants fans around us in 113, but even with all the cheering we were unable to pull out the win. Buster had a good outing as predicted by the game notes, and Hunter had a better than expected outing. We came up one run short. Petit pitched a great game. We desperately need a win today. I am rushing out the door for a stadium tour, the blog is late, and Bert is planning a power nap. We did make it on TV. Bert will discuss the game.
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
Petit didn’t have it. Before you could blink an eye(3 innings) our Giants were 6 behind. But these days you get to feel, they really want to work overtime, and go to the playoffs. They came back with another come from behind victory. Of course my man Posey, lead the charge, but Le Anne’s Pence was not far behind. So the Killers P’s – Pagan, Pence, Posey, Panik, and Pablo got going and pulled out the win, to make the visiting Giants fans happy.
Today, another day, another game, another win to close the gap.
And now for the ladies view. We had a very busy day in Denver. We were picked up at the Westin by Henry and then went out to the center for adults with dementia and Alzheimer’s. The group had watched “Pride of the Yankees” and then Bert was there to share his memories of Lou Gehrig. We had a baseball lunch of hot dogs, mac and cheese, and cole slaw with the group. Henry’s friend Alan filmed, while Jim interviewed Bert. We then bid good-bye to the group and headed to Henry’s development called Silver Sage for taping for an independent film. We went to the media room and talked until we ran out of time, and had to rush back to Denver so we could make the game. The stadium was relatively empty with about 25K fans. It appeared there were more Giant fans than Rockies. We stopped in again at the brewery for dinner. We had baked potatoes for dinner.
We were lucky enough to have 2 Giants fans from Shreveport,LA. Vickie and Paul followed the Giants because Paul loved Willy Mays.
Vickie was smarty attired in her Panda hat. Next to us was a couple on a date to see their 1st baseball game together. He managed to get on TV and he also caught a ball bare handed, so it will be a date he remembers for a long time. It was great that we managed to do to the Rockies what they had managed to do to us the previous game. We over came their “insurmountable” lead and came away with a W. We were able to see Kruk and Kuip and again got a wave from them. We also got two texts telling us they had put us on TV. I hope we can take this one and the Nats will destroy the Dodgers. Beat LA! Go Giants!
Bert and Le Anne
Wed July 23
12:54 am! What a time for the last out of a baseball game, which started at 7:07 the night before. That is a 5:47 time of game statistic. Not so bad if you are reading a box score, but a little unusual when you visiting a city as part of an adventure to attend the “away” games of your favorite team when you are a fan. The hardy stuck it out last night and are still recovering this am. Of course the 9-6 win, after a 4 run 14th inning, makes the recovering happier for us, but not for Dylan and Amey who Phillies fans and had to work today.
Quite a night. With all the relievers used up, Timmy had to get the job done and got the save- although he was a bit shaky at the start.
Many of the 30,000 remained for 14, but they were mostly Giants followers, who were pleasantly rewarded. Posey’s tying 9th inning homer was the cause of the lost sleep for his many fans, this one included.
So with a split guaranteed, and a series win likely, the visiting group is in high spirits.
And now for the ladies view. Welcome to the city of Brotherly Love, and we loved sharing the game with Dylan and Amey. We took the blue line to Bert’s grandsons office and I don’t think anything on the trip could have made Bert prouder than seeing his grandson Dylan doing well. Dylan works at Hangley, Aronchick, Segal, Pudlin, & Schiller, and we were treated to a wonderful reception there. We had a lively discussion about baseball and got to hear as many great baseball stories as we got to tell. We got to see a shrine to the Red Sox including seeing several photos of Ted Williams. Dylan’s wife Amey joined us at the office and we took a cab to the ball park. We got settled into the seats in section 132 and were surrounded by a mix of Giants and Phillies fans. Amey and I went off to get some drinks and we got to try a Cherry and Lemon water ice.
We were treated to a performance by one of the Harlem Globetrotters who teamed up with the Phillies mascot Phanatic.
Amey and Dylan treated us to the fried chicken and donuts for dinner. At the stand in section 140, Federal donuts offers fried chicken with chile-garlic glaze, dusted in ranch powder or just “naked” crispy. Amey and Dylan opted for the chile-garlic and Bert and I had naked which had a great honey flavor and of course we had the donut for dessert.
If I had scripted the game it couldn’t have been more exciting. I called “Over the fence Pence” and as if on cue Hunter hit a beautiful home run. Dylan and Amey are as diehard supporters of the Phillies as we are of the Giants so seeing this game together is something we will be talking about for ages. Bert needed a break about the 11th and he opted to sit at the top of the section. He met a Giants fan who knew our story and told Bert he was an inspiration. Bert has grown at least 10 years younger on this trip, I think in part because of the kind words from Giants fans along the way.
It is sad that one team had to lose because both teams fought valiantly. I predicted the Giants would win it in the 13th and after watching Affeldt and Kontos give it their all I was hopeful, but it took the 14th before we could find a chink in Manships armour. We are exhausted but unlike Dylan and Amey we didn’t have to be at work today.
I won’t make a big deal of Mike Krukow’s illness because he wouldn’t want us to,but prayers are with you. We learned about IBM last night from a fan and from our friend Bruce.
Tonight we see Mad Bum and hope for another win.
Bert and Le Anne
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.
We saw this sandwich stand and this carver was so friendly we had to try his sandwich. I had turkey with havarti and tomato basil mayo, chips, and slaw. Bert opted for the reuben. The $12.95 price seems high until you realize it is a great meal for two. Next to me was an enthusiastic Cards fan who had flown in from Vegas to see the game. He told me to mention that the beer he got was warm, so either don’t get a draft in the club and hour prior to the game, or get one in a bottle that has been refrigerated. We talked about how great Wainwright was. I had resigned myself to a difficult win for Madison. It was raining and the field was tarped. Showers were predicted at 8 so we were worried about another suspended game.
I have to ask myself, what happened to the ceremonial 1st pitch. I can’t tell you how many pregame “1st pitches” there were last night, but there were too many. Bring back the days when the 1st pitch really meant something. The game began with God Bless America, and the Star Spangled Banner, and then Pagan got things started for the Giants. Mad Bum got the 1st started with 3 K’s and never looked back.
On a side note we had to move seats in the 3rd inning because Bert let me try to locate the seats. I can get lost in a paper sack, and managed to sit in seat 16 in our row and Bert followed. When we did move to seat 1,2 in row 2 sec 245 they were great seats except that we had two old guys, who must have been linebackers in their younger days, in front of us.
There wasn’t much to say about the game except Mad Bum was on fire and the starting Giants all got on base except Crawford. I wish we could save some of those hits for a game when we need them. After the game we met several Giants fans and of note was one from KC who had seen us on Kruk and Kuips broadcast. He was with several friendly Cards fans and said he would see us again in KC. The Cards fans wanted us to feel welcome, and I will say we did.