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.
After game 75- we have 6 road games left. Time to start our bragging. Everyone knows that a 50-50 record on the road is the best one should expect. As of today, the Giants have a 42-33 away record. We would like to believe that our following them for all 81 on the road is a contributing factor. Even if they lose the remaining 6, the season shows a better road record than would be expected. With a positive home record the division lead still is a good possibility.
Bumgarner had another good game, pitching 100, but he only lasted 6 innings. He left with a 2-2 tie, preventing a decision for him. It took 2 hits, mixed with 2 walks to produce the 4-2 lead for the Giants in the 9th. Casilla closed out the bottom 1/2 which could have been a 1-2-3 shot, except for Pablos error, which extended the inning 1 batter. Casilla got the win. It was a long 3 1/2 hour game, but with satisfying results. Today is a travel day, and tomorrow we take on the Padres.
And now for the ladies view- We were staying at the Clarendon Hotel, and if you want a place to swim, this was a good place to stay. The breakfast was also very good here. If you wanted a nice big room this was a bit disappointing. The internet was spotty, and they said it was due to an upgrade in progress. They did install a booster so we did get some internet, just not enough to get photos on the blog or to listen to Tune in radio.
We went to the stadium and met up with Loran again. She had tickets on field level and offered to share. Bert doesn’t like sitting past the baselines so after realizing there was no batting practice we headed up to our seats in 208. You have a good view of the entire field, and Posey even hit a ball into our section 1 row and 2 seats to far for me to make the grab. The usher in Loran section was a knowledgeable guy and even told us about the group of students there today, solving physics problems involving baseball.
Mad Bum as always kept us in the game. I watched as the Rockies racked up runs against the Dodgers and wished our bats would catch fire like that. With Pagan, and Morse out we needed a spark, and Brandon Belt came in for 1 rotation to get the crowd and the Giants ignited. We managed to break a 2-2 tie and get a much-needed victory. We are only 2 games behind the Dodgers in our division and I am still smelling a victory for the Boys from the Bay. We had burgers for lunch. They were big and messy, and Bert was not thrilled. He doesn’t like risking spilling on the score book.
We went to the Old Spaghetti factory for dinner, and Bert satisfied his pasta craving. By the time we got home we were too tired to write the blog.
This morning we wanted to hit the road early, so we could avoid the remenents of the Hurricane so we got a reasonable start. As we left the Clarendon we met two Giants fans who recognized us from Kruk and Kuip. We arrived at the Omni a little past 2 and had lunch and Bert is currently snoozing. He is resting up for the final 6 on the road.
Bert and Le Anne
Another disaster was game 59 on the road. The 5-0 loss means only 2 runs scored in the last 3 games. No way will that bring home a division championship. This one had us in some hopes, even after Gordons lead off homer in the 5th, but their 4 run rally in the 7th put it on ice for KC period. When all we can produce are unmatched singles, and a double to lead off the 8th it is hard to wind up with a W. All we can hope for today, if the rain allows the game to go one, is avoiding a series sweep.
So back home tonight( about 1 am arrival), cooler weather and hotter bats next week. We are only 3 games off the lead, and that can be made up, without too much trouble.
And now for the ladies view- We began the game in search of barbeque. We are in KC after all. We found the barbeque shack next to Rivals. We got to the stand and they were disorganized. Bert thought 1/2 rack of ribs would be the perfect way to enjoy lunch, however after a 20 minute wait in the hot humid sun, it no longer had the appeal. We took the ribs to a table, but the only tables were in the sun. The humidity was 93% and we wilted. The ribs were a single slab and they gave us a plastic fork and knife to cut them. They were not the tender ribs I am used to from Texas, and it took all my effort to saw threw them. Bert was steamed by that time and only ate one rib, and I finished what I could and we went to our seats. I would give this barbeque a thumbs down.
I couldn’t figure out why Royals fans were wearing red Royals shirts, until they announced it was Nebraska day at the K(Kauffmann stadium) and chants of go Big Red filled the park.
Since the game was a snoozer if you are a Giants fan the only other thing of note was that there was a fan from Korea, here for the series. He threw out the 1st pitch yesterday and was being photo’d by media during the game. I understand from fans in the stands that it was on his bucket list and he got people to sponsor his trip. I would post more details but the wi-fi at the Staybridge suites is so spotty I can’t get the Internet up in time to look it up to make the game
The losses are taking a toll on us. I expect wins, and a 2 game loss on the road is a real bummer. Michael Morse needs 2 homers to reach the 100 home run milestone. I am rooting for that. Pablo needs 14 doubles to reach 200 double marker. Hit away Pablo. Timmy needs 2 wins to reach the 100 win milestone. May today be the day he gets one of them. Go Giants!
Bert and Le Anne
How could winning a game 7-4 be a boring laffer? Only after game, after previous game was so exciting! When the 1st 4 batters get on base, 3 of them scoring, all before the 1st out, and when the entire line up comes to the plate before the inning is over, what else can be interesting?
Vogelsong, although not at his best, had a 3 run lead for 6 innings, to help him coast thru his 104 pitches. There were a few moments, after the Brewers 2 run 7th, to make one start thinking a bit, Sandoval’s 3 run homer in the 8th put the game on ice. We could relax, and we did. But the almost 4 hour game( 3:54 to be exact) wasn’t exciting most of the way.
Yes, it tied the series, and we expect we will take the final game this afternoon, before driving off to KC for 3 more.
Now for the ladies view-I began the day at the stadium with another attempt at getting an autograph. I was once again disappointed. I then returned to the seats and ran into these beautiful young Giants fans here with their dad, and their signs to cheer on their favorite team.
We were then met at the Seats by Sean from media relations for the Brewers who had a package with info we needed to know about every Brewers player. I will have to read up on it before we see them post-season.
We were in section 116 row 7 and the view was spectacular.
I saw the game a little differently than Bert. There was plenty of action. I found myself trying to get each batter home so we would not leave anyone on base. I was exhausted from cheering, and I felt like I had been at bat at least 20 times, as I tried to get the batters to hit at the right moment. I also tried to convince Bochy from afar to play small ball so we didn’t waste those base hits. I was unsuccessful and we had a 7-4 victory, so I guess Bochy knows what he is doing. The early lead allowed me to talk with Justin and Samantha, Brewers fans sitting next to us. Justin proposed in the parking lot just prior to the game. Samantha is works for the police dept, but she didn’t see it coming. Friends and family of theirs were in the higher seats celebrating and holding up signs. They also came down like paparazzi to snap photos. They also shared love and love of the game.
We met some Giants fans in the lobby and I went up to grab my Kruk and Kuip poster so I could ask them if and when would be a good time to autograph it. Bert headed to the mens room. Naturally most of the team arrived while I was heading to the room. We then had a drink and Bochy came in. I asked if he would mind if I took a photo with Bert. He of course consented, and from other fans I understand he is a good sport about photos, if you are polite, especially after a big win. After taking the photo with Bert I have a new theory about why Bochy doesn’t play small ball; he is such a big guy he doesn’t do anything in a small way. After the game I got a call from our neighbor Jim telling us that Kruk and Kuip mentioned we always wear orange. I also got a few texts and emails telling me that we were on twice. This morning we ran into Jim from the Giants media team and he stopped to discuss baseball, and the trip to KC. He has been very kind to us. At breakfast we spoke with Joe and Jennifer and Carol who is a hostess in the Pfister club is also a photographer. She took our photos so I figured it was only fair I took hers.
I am hoping for a short game, and a big win today before we pick up the rental and head to KC. Friday we will be in sec 232 row LL seats 20,21 Sat same section seats 13,14 and Sun 310 row A seats 7,8. Now off to check out and watch a game. Go Giants!
Bert and Le Anne
Well, we almost done it again! Another 4-3 game, but this time the 4 was against us, not by us. The major difference was the lack of a late run, despite 4 walks, 3 by reliever Jeffress in the 8th and 9th. Despite a good performance by Timmy, 8 K’s in the 1st 5 innings, 2 homers by the number 1 and number 2 Brewer batters made the difference. Their 3 RBI’s were match by Sandovals homer in the 6th. Parra in his 1st hit as a Brewer homered against Machi, with 2 out in the 7th.
The only unusual, and new for us, was staying in the same hotel as the team. We saw them return after the loss, and latter nodded to Bochy at the bar. He didn’t recognize us, but no real ego problem. Enough other people stopped us all day long to have photos taken with them. It still made us feel like “itty bitty celebrities”.
We can still take the series before going on to KC. Tomorrow we will drive their arriving in the wee hours of the morning Fri. We are sure the team will be more rest than we will be, so they can take the series.
The ladies view-Bert and I took it easy. We were tired and needed a day to recover. We contemplated the spa, but opted for a nap instead. We met Roc the concierge and he gave us directions for the bus to the stadium. From the Pfister you take bus 90. It takes you directly to the stadium. We met 4 Giants fans in the lobby who have made the trip to Milwaukee 4 times to see the Giants play here. The hotel alone is worth the trip. We understand there are rumors the hotel is haunted, but we will let you be the judge of that.
We waited with a contingent of Giants fans and the 1st bus arrived at a few minutes after 5 right outside the hotel. We chatted with fans as we waited and on the bus. It was almost like a Giants party bus.I will say that Brewers fans are the champs when it comes to tailgating. The parking lots were full of fans grilling brats and drinking a beer. The area outside the park had statues, green space, and plenty of parking lot space for the tailgaters. We walked to the gate and had a short wait until the gates opened at 5:40. I felt right at home with the gun sign, which Bert didn’t seem to notice. We then went into the stadium and got our passport stamp. The location was convenient to our seats which were in Sec 118. . Our seats were right behind homeplate and we had 2 Giants fans next to us on one side, and one behind us, but the majority of fans in that section were Brewers fans. If you are a visitor to Miller Park, our experience is that Brewers fans are friendly and welcoming. We even got hi 5’s and positive feedback when the Giants tied the game. It is family friendly and guest relations is responsive. Here is a copy of the email I got from Sean from the media relations dept.
If you’re looking for stadium food that is unique to Milwaukee, there is a restaurant in the stadium called AJ Bombers which is down the right field line on the field level (100 level). It’s a burger joint that has a full restaurant in the downtown area but they have a partial menu here at Miller Park. As well on the Loge Level (the 200 level) there is the double clutch. It is slightly past home plate on the first base side next to the press box. They have a unique menu item which tries to represent the city of which our opponent is from. Otherwise the normal food fare here at Miller Park is a traditional brat with a beer!
We hope you have fun at Miller Park next week!
MEDIA RELATIONS DEPARTMENT
MILWAUKEE BREWERS BASEBALL CLUB
T: 414-902-4471 F: 414-902-4053
Miller Park | One Brewers Way | Milwaukee, WI 53214
I researched the brats and learned they have chorizo brats which many ranked highly. I would agree. They came with waffle fries and were tasty. I ate mine bare( no mustard) and it was flavorful, but not to spicy. Bert opted for a hot dog. The concession staff were friendly and offered trays for carrying, and made sure I knew where condiments were. I went to the stand behind 118. Not all the stands have the chorizo, but just ask.The view from our seats was good sec 118 row 9 seat 7,8 The game was a good game despite the loss. I was disappointed that the game ended on a controversial call, and a loss, but happy Timmy had another great game and bats were not silent. After the game we grabbed the shuttle back to the Pfister, and chatted with a dad and daughter team. They were going to games together and we showed them the passport. We then had a drink together in the bar and Veronica who is a broadcast journalist major shared baseball stories with me while Bert spoke with her dad. She also shared a panoramic view of the stadium. She wants to attend my alma mater, WSU so we talked about the university. I could have had a brew after the heart-breaking loss but opted for a Celia’s cocktail instead. It had a pomegranate liquor and sparkling wine. l
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?
May 22 2014
Denver is certainly unique! Where else can you wake up to a pouring rain thunderstorm, be threatened by a tornado, and being forced into the hotel stairwell for protection, and two hours later open the ballpark( in the sunshine) although there were a few sprinkles.
And then have a second tornado hit the high-flying Rockies, keeping them scoreless, with only 2 hits until the 8th inning. Unfortunately, the 5-1 win had its sad parts. Both Cain and Casilla were disabled and sidelined for unknown times at this point. Hopefully this will not lead to the form reversal of 2013, after the Coors field visit that year.
Our brake out of homers, usually solos, as were these 3 showed the early wins, were not a fluke. The match game today will prove the point.
And now for the ladies view- With the weather, and the win, a visit from Dinger and of course the food, it is significant that none of the stories in my opinion was as significant as the story of Jose.We were in a section close to the field and I thought I might get Bert a ball before the game to commemorate the trip. I asked one of the Rockies field personnel if he snagged a foul ball if I might have it for Bert. He said he would try. He was unsuccessful, and suddenly a young Rockies fan walked over and handed me his ball. I believe he had overheard my request. Jose was a young Rockies fan who gave his precious baseball to Bert. People talk about values, and selfish kids today, and yet Jose is proof that there is hope. He came over and spoke baseball with Bert. He asked Bert to autograph his gloves. Bert showed him his Mets card from Spring training camp. I hope Rockies fans appreciate that when they have a representative like Jose that it reflects true greatness. I will say that Rockies fans win or lose are good sports, something I have seen slipping away from teams.
The weather reminded me of Texas, one minute hail, then tornadoes touching down in the area, the sunshine. You are never certain what is around the corner.The skies got dark and weather alert warned of tornados[/caption] We even got to shelter in the stairwells. We were given water, candy, and chocolate chip cookies as we waited in the stairwell.
We were in section 119 row 9 seats 6,7 and these seats were not as good. I had to peek between fans to see home plate, and even missed what caused Casilla’s injury. We were on the 1st base side and I saw him run, then saw him lying on the ground and pound the ground. He was clearly in pain. It looked like a knee injury at the time and he was carried from the field.The game went well for Cain, until something happened on the mound and he was suddenly not in the game, and no explanation was given.
We did make the TV and we were sent clips from Bert’s son in SF. Fans around us all wanted to see the clips and so my cell was passed around. People around us were all courteous, and it is a family friendly park. We received a visit from Dinger the Rockies mascot, who is an energetic clown. Dinger is as much of a fan favorite as any of the other Rocky super stars. We also ran into our usher friend Tom from the last visit, and he made sure we had a place to stay dry when the showers hit.
We took Albert’s advice again for unique food and I tried out the Elk brat. It was good, a little spicy, and covered in peppers and onions. Bert went for the Rocky dog and was disappointed. It was a foot long dog with sauerkraut and optional peppers and onions which Bert decided against. His dog was cold and the person who made it was clearly a rookie because there was paper between the dog and the bun. The MLB photographer came by and took photos. I am trying to convince her to try the Rocky Mt Oysters with me at Thurs game.
With the series tied 1-1 We are hopeful for a win by Hudson and our Boys from the Bay. I was delighted to see Hunter homer, and Sandoval follow. My heart sank with the injuries, and Posey was out of the lineup again. How deep can we ask these guys to dig? We will see if they can continue with the heart that has led them to lead the NL West.