Yesterday was an unusual day. In fact we played a double-header in one game. We saw two separate games in 10 innings. One was a 6 inning match in which both starters, Hudson and Desaigne ( the Cuban rookie who shut the Giants down in SF last week in his 1st major league game) Tim held the Padres scoreless until their 2nd and 3rd hits in the 6th. The Padres then tied the game. It was an exciting pitching battle for 6. Tim was over 100 pitches, the rookie 89, when the 6th inning required relief support.
We called on Machi. They brought in Torres and Quackenbush. The next game- also exciting every pitch of the way, went from a 1-1 draw, to a 2-1 Giants lead, then 3-2 Padres lead, and tied again by our boys in the 9th, until we took it all with a 5-3 win in the 10th. The Padres needed 5 relievers, and we used 4, with Romo getting the win, Casilla the save, and Thayer took the loss.
Most memorable of all was Pence’s lead off double in the 10th, preceding Belt’s 1st homer after his return, which I believe, was also his 1st hit since returning to the line up. Today we take the series, and drive home to our next “away games” in Oakland. We will still travel, this time using Bart.
Well now the ladies take on the game. We may be able to fulfill our promise to Larry Baer and continue to be a good luck charm on the road. I am still recovering from the whirlwind game of yesterday.
San Diego is currently the Giants home away from home, and we pack Petco. It appeared we had as many Giants fans as Padres fans, but that could have been because we were sitting behind the Giants dugout. As we left for the Giants game we ran into fans we met before. I think we met Joyce and Gary in Phoenix..
We also ran into a couple we had met in Pittsburgh. I have concluded that the Giants have a much stronger fan base than I knew about. I was in the business of selling MLB apparel prior to meeting Bert, and from that would have expected an average following. I was wrong. We ran into Giants fans at the stadium and in the stadium. We got remarks such as “I know who you are” “Aren’t you the ones from TV?” and “You are my hero”. For a simple fan this recognition is foreign. At least 12 people recognized us from Kruk and Kuip’s broadcast. I do realize how lucky I am, this has been the best year of my life. It would not be the same without Bert who has seen about everything baseball related, and can tell a great story.
We were in section 112 row 15 and seats were good. I was sitting next to a Padres season ticket holder. The only downside were people were up and down the aisle constantly.
Here was a good summary of food in the park. http://m.sandiego.eater.com/archives/2014/03/31/where-to-eat-at-petco-park-home-of-the-padres-1.php I opted for the tri tip sanswich. I thought the barbeque sauce was good but the meat was not the tender juicy barbecue I am used to. For someone who has lived in Texas I would say avoid.
In summary the game was a rollercoaster, the stadium was a good place to watch a game because the Padres fans didn’t seem to mind a Giant invasion, food choices were plentiful, and most importantly we had a win. We have another game to watch, and a long drive home, followed by a game in Oakland tomorrow. If we can get the series today, it will be a breeze.
Sat July 5th
Our apologies to Larry Baer. Last Tues night (after he saw our Chronicle 2 page write-up) he invited us to his owners box at AT&T park for the Cards game. We broke the losing streak, and won that one 5-0, and with our outstanding win record on the road, we promised him we would remain the Giants “good luck charm” as we finished the second half of the 81 travel adventure.
Last night despite all our effort, or Cain could muster, our bats remained in their silent state. Another potential winning performance by Matt was wasted. Despite the warm weather our bats should be able to find the infield holes instead of the infielders. We can still take this series if for no other reason, than to preserve our reputation, on this 81 for 93 kick. We want to keep our promise to Larry.
And now for the ladies take on the trip.
We began the trip at about 1:30 with a film crew from KPIX the San Francisco CBS affiliate watching us load the car and head off on the road to be the Giants Road Warriors that we are alleged to be. They will be showing a story on our trip Sunday on Gameday at 11:30 pm. Please watch and give us feedback since we will be on the road. Little did I know that everyone else planned on heading south at the same time so I would be driving for 12 hours. LA traffic is always a challenge, and I think I reached a max speed of 19 MPH. We were exhausted when we arrived at the Hilton Gaslamp, but were greeted by Andrew at the front desk. It was just like being seen by family. He had a room for us where we would have a good view of the fireworks.
We slept in a bit and went to breakfast where we ran into Michelle, our waitress from last time. She even remembered Bert’s tea order from the last visit. We headed for the stadium and got our Petco park stamp for the Passport and headed to our seats. We had good seats in section 214 which is Toyota Terrace. They are similar to our seats at home. We had a good view of the plate. I was a bit disappointed with club level seats not having more seating space or food options. I wandered the stadium and field level has a much better selection of food. We were not real hungry so I opted for a nutella gelato for me and milk chocolate gelato for Bert. It was a bit melted by the time I made it up the ramp from field level to the Terrace, but I managed to keep it off my white jeans. For those who want gluten-free, they have it on field level. I forgot my ball so picked one up at the stadium. It ran me $35 because they only had official MLB balls in a case and the pen was $3. I won’t forget again!
The game is hard for me not to comment on. The bats needed some spark and they didn’t have it. It was good to have Belt back on board, and I know Bochy is trying everything he can, but last time he tried Pence in the lead off it didn’t work, and it hasn’t worked this time. My suggestion try Posey. He hits into a lot of double plays, and this would decrease that. The only other part of the game I will comment on was the pregame show with the Leap Frogs. They are Navy Seals, and it was great to be reminded of America’s finest on the 4th.m wp-image-397″ /> Leap Frogs did a join up then came sailing in at 60 MPH.Wow[/caption]
We had a young couple sitting next to us, who live in San Diego area who had split allegiance. They each cheerfully rooted on their team during game.
We had dinner at the spaghetti factory. It is a good value, relatively quick service, and we were able to make it to the Hilton in time for the fireworks. Parking at the Hilton was $41 per night, and so we moved the car to a lot a block away which is $15 per day.
We turned in after a busy day, and got up the next morning to run into Vivian from Yoga class at OMPower in San Francisco. At breakfast this morning we had a couple of Giants fans sitting at the tables next to us so the discussion was hopeful about a win today. You learn something each trip and Tyler sent me this photo with the names of the people already on it. It is a big time saver, and now we will remember their names if we meet again on the road.
Maxwell saw his 1st Giants game, and was patient until it took to long for breakfast to arrive so he grabbed a bite of crayon to the dismay of his mother.
Marcyn had seen us on TV. He was apologetic that he wasn’t wearing his Giants attire, but is a big fan. For me, meeting Giants fans young and old is a delight. I am amazed how one game can be so unifying, and on the 4th reflected on what it would be like if the country could be as united. I also was amazed by the tribute to Lou Gehrig. It was the 75th anniversary of the speech when he announced he would be forced to retire due to ALS. Bert was there to hear that speech. Gehrig’s attitude was not one of self-pity at being diagnosed with one of the cruelest diseases, but of reflection on his blessings. He is Bert’s hero and I like his attitude.”Yet today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the Earth. I have been in ballparks for seventeen years and have never received anything but kindness and encouragement from you fans” I don’t know who is the luckiest; me for getting an opportunity to go to 18 ballparks, meet great people, and hope that my Giants will win the big one, or Bert for finally living his dream of living the life of a major leaguer. I do know that we are both lucky for getting to share the 81 for 93 trip together, and who is luckiest doesn’t really matter.
Bert and Le Anne
Sat April 19, 2014
Despite the loss last night, it was a great baseball game for baseball aficionados. I can’t remember seeing baseball with a “mirror image” like this was. Both teams played an identical game in all ways. The only difference was the botchy play in the 1st inning. Both starters had 9 K’s, a total of 20K’s including the relievers. Equal in hits, and LOB’s, the relievers giving up homers. It was a great game to watch. I think this bodes well for Cains revival.
An interesting sidelight; Le Anne decided to learn to score while we in Phoenix. Last night she scored the entire game, and did very well despite a recurring liability to confuse 4 and 6. For you neophytes, that means 2B and SS. She is a fast learner indeed.
After we take the series, we will head on to Denver.
Bert and I got a good look at the park. Bert thought the park had no continuity. I thought it had many micro-environs. The true fans welcomed us, and it seemed there were more Giants fans in the stadium last night. We met two couples, one a Giants season ticket holder who had tickets in section 202, and the other from Sacramento. People in general seem fascinated by Bert’s long roots in baseball, as well as this dream trip. By the next game trip we will have cards so Bert can share the blog, with those interested.
As for the food update: Bert had a Kosher dog. He said is was as good as AT&T. I had a chipotle chicken salad. My salad had greens, a generous portion of carrots and chicken, and a dressing that was spicy enough to leave my nose running. I saw some good-looking barbecue at a place called Phil’s. I am thinking about the ribs, but am wearing light pants since it should be about 70 today. It will be a game time decision.
As for my scoring I know Crawford is 6 and the short stop, so get frustrated when I get things wrong. I have changed scorecard designs 3 times in the 3 series, and Petco has a very dated electronic scoreboard. We are spoiled at AT&T. The lineup was announce quickly, to quick for even a skilled scorer like Bert to get it down on the 1st try. Attendance was 34,839 and not a sell out.
Our seats were in section 207, row 2. The seats were great and about 36 feet from the field accoring to info I read online. They were great until the people in row 1 showed up and the girl in front of me kept readjusting her bun and tossing her baby. It was a hard game for this novice score keeper. Unlike Bert who is a seasoned fan, I was disappointed in the outcome. Give Matt Cain a break and win one. He pitched a near ideal game. If Posey had been catching we would not have had the passed ball, and the game would have gone into extra innings. We need Pablo and Pence to step up to the plate, and hit!
I wanted to explore the ballpark, so we headed there to arrive 2 hours prior. As Bert said the park is sprawling and in his opinion disjointed. We learned that they don’t allow admission to the stands until 1 1/2 hours to game time, so we spent the half hour visiting with some fans from Fresno. They were there with their teenage daughter for spring break. She was not as thrilled as her dad was to be at the game. By the time we got to the opposite side of the stadium, the Giants were taking batting practice, and I elected to watch that since the seats were so close. We got to see the Padres mascot who is called the Swinging Friar. I am somewhat surprised that they chose to embrace the religious heritage of the area. It is also a title that sets itself up for jokes. They also had another person dressed up in a Lion costume and I initially thought this was the mascot. Perhaps this was a tie in to the San Diego Zoo?
Well I hope we take the series. Hudson is pitching for the Giants and has been brilliant in the starts so far. The Padres are starting a leftie, Eric Stults. I hope he has a start like his last against the Rockies, and that the Giants get the bats producing. Go Giants!