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
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.