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.
There is a 1st time for everything-but this was a 1st for buying tickets from stubhub( for the Detroit Tiger visit) and watching the game for the most part on TV at the stadium. Detroit and midwest summer rain was one thing I have heard about, but not experienced until now. Early rain stopped before we got to Comerica Park, but our row A seats( with a cement curb) prevented the water from flowing down creating pools of water for us. Bouncing from office to office to change our seats failed to solve the problem forcing us to give up, go to the lounge, and watch the game on a small TV with no sound. More rain stopped the game for a 2 hour 40 minute delay. By that time we decided to return to the hotel in the rain and watch the game on a bigger TV in our room. Officially we were at the game, so the 81 game away streak survives for the record and history, although we did not score it.
The Giants did eventually win 8-2 and we try again today.
And now for the ladies view- We began with a stroll from the Hilton garden Inn to the Elwood bar and grill. We shared a patty melt and fries. The place has been around since the 30’s and for good reason – delicious food at a great price. We received a call from Donna from the Tigers. She welcomed Bert and I and left a well thought out gift bag for us at guest services.
We came back and organized and had a short nap and then off to the ball park. The stadium appeared to be above average with baseball memorabilia by the era in the corridor.
Then off I went to get the passport stamped. Staff was friendly and I purchased a Verlander doll for Rene who had given us exceptional tickets for Sundays game. Then Bert and I headed to meet Rick and Rene, Giants fans who supplied tickets for us for Sundays game. This was the best of times. And now for the worst of times- we arrived at our seats to find a pool of stagnant, smelly water. Bert complained to the usher, and he got someone from guest service, who got someone to look at the problem. His suggestion was to head to ticket service. I told him I didn’t think they could help since we purchased our tickets on stubhub. He assured us they would. We arrived there to be told they couldn’t help us but go down a level to guest services and they could help us. They gave us tickets that were higher up and in the blazing sun. Bert has had melanoma so this was not a good solution. Back to guest services I went and was told that we could watch on TV from the lounge. The TV’s were small, and had no sound but it was our only option. On a positive note we met some great Tigers fans These Tigers fans told us when they had an issue guest services made things right, and they were shocked to hear that the Tigers were not doing the same for us. I decided to see if we could upgrade our tickets for the next game and headed down two levels once again to guest services. I passed a very cool carousel with tigers. I was told at guest services that there was no way to upgrade our seats for tomorrows game. We were willing to pay, but since we ordered from stubhub(which is MLB’s official ticket seller) the Tigers would not help us out. We ended up not seeing a single play from our seats, and went back to the hotel one hour into the rain delay so we could see and hear the game. We ended up with an 8-2 victory, met some nice Tigers fans, met Rick and Rene who had given us Sundays tickets, and Peavy and the bats were all outstanding so all was not lost. It was a shame to end up with the bad experience regarding the seats, since it began with Donna as one of the best experiences of all the stadiums we visited.
Bert and Le Anne
We began the day with a delicious breakfast. I had eggs Benedict and Bert had the buffet at the Willard. We walked out the door and we run into another Giants fan so we shared a taxi to the ballpark. We met up with friends Joyce and Gary. They have a home in Napa, and we are hoping their home survived the earthquake. Joyce had a May-December romance and she and I immediately knew we would be friends. She met Gary her second husband playing tennis, and it seems like another match made in heaven. We met thru this trips and will continue the friendship after the 81 trip. We met for lunch, but Bert and I were still full so we had a cupcake.The icing was creamy and had a good flavor, but the cupcakes were dry. Gary had the chicken sandwich at the club and it was “fast food with a bit of spice”. Food in the club was a disappointment, but the company was good. We had seats in 216 row H. It was covered so we had shade. We enjoyed the 1st 6 innings. In the 6th things still looked good. Things in the game were strange including Peavy being tossed from the Giants dugout. If you have details please post them. Bert should get around to updating his part of the blog, but is currently snoozing. What would I recommend with a game like today? We had a glass of wine and in honor of the “Freak” Tim Lincecum I had a Cabernet called Freakshow. It has the worlds biggest label.
We are headed home tomorrow and hop the earthquake activity is done, and people are safe.
Bert and Le Anne
Saturdays game, a Giant 4-2 loss was quite exceptional and threatened memorabilia for the second night in a row. Outstanding pitching, this time by Peavey and Degrom, had 2 no hitters going, for 6 full innings. The only base runner was the returning Belt, who walked in the 6th. The 1st hit of the game was Pablo’s double after 2 outs in the 7th. Then the storm broke with 4 hits, a hit batsman, and a sacrifice, exploding in the Mets home half to give them a 4 run lead. The Giants 2 run rally in the 8th fell short in an exciting comeback attempt.
So the series was even, and 2 day games, Sunday and Monday, will probably be split. That is baseball on a daily basis. We go on to Milwaukee and KC, after this, where the Giants will hopefully gain ground on the Dodgers lead.
And now for the ladies view – I am contemplating this trip and the highlights, and I realize that although baseball is the great unifier, this trip is about people. We have seen some of my family as we have navigated the stadia, and will continue to see more. It is a great opportunity to catch up on family happenings. We just saw Bert’s family in NY, and the visits were wonderful.
Today was a trip to see Bert’s friend Jack and his partner Gus. We hired a car and went out to Long Island to lunch with them. We caught up on the last year of happenings. It has been a significant year for us. Bert and I had the wedding, and Jack just had major surgery. Both of these events cause you to contemplate life. After a relaxed conversation, we toured the grounds and the house, then settled down for a late lunch of steak, corn, and baked potatoes. Off we went to the stadium. We grabbed our seats and arrived just in time to all share in the singing of the Star Spangled Banner. Bert scored the game and I sat between them and explained the game to Jack. I did appreciate Kruk and Kuip’s comment of how it appeared that I was telling Jack Who’s on First, etc. I also have realized I have grown in my appreciation of the game. Before this season I would have considered a game in which neither team had scored a bit boring. I now found myself hoping it would be a dual no-hitter for 9.
At the 7th inning it was time to show Jack and Gus the Caesars club and so off we went, in time to miss seeing Pablo’s double( except on the TV’s) and I avoided the Mets get 2 of the 4 runs. We headed back and watched the Giants give us hope that they would come back and overtake the Mets. Jack then gave us a ride back to the motel and it was midnight before Bert and I snoozed off. I was thrilled that Kruk and Kuip recognized that going into the game we had a record on the road of 30-20. I am hopeful that this type of record will continue on the road, and I am still thinking we will take 3 of 4 from the Mets. Maybe Kruk and Kuip are right and we need to see a few more home games so we can continue to bring the Giants luck.
This morning we had breakfast with 2 Red Sox fans, and it reenforced my thought that baseball brings people together. It was the 1st thing about Bert that had me considering Bert was special. How many woman are lucky enough to hear about Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth from someone who has 1st hand knowledge?