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
Hence the desire to experience it. This, our 3rd trip, is a long 10 games, in 3 cities, with no day off in the two-week stretch, counting travel days. We are living it- and you know what? It can be very tiring, to be expected to be at your very best, every inch of the way. So to see these trained athletes, going through it all and the effect it has on them, is a learning experience.
Todays game showed, just what is involved. Our guys almost pulled it off. No wonder a 50-50 record on the road is considered good. Let’s see what results in the next 4 days-and let’s remember we are still over 500 and in 1st place.
And now for the ladies view, we met friends Kathy and James again at the park. We were in section 121, row A but moved to row B since there was water in the foot area. I would recommend row B or C because you didn’t have the rail obstructing the view. Kathy had recommended BRGR and I tried the Fire in the hole burger for $12.50. It has guacamole, jalapeno, pepper jack cheese, chipotle aioli, and siracha. They use a custom blend of beef on a brioche bun. I followed it with a dark chocolate shake for $9. It was an exceptional burger, which I wouldn’t have tried without insider information.
The mascot is called the Pirate Parrot. I was told people have recommended names for the mascot, but they have chosen to keep the simple name Pirate Parrot.
Fans in Pittsburgh are welcoming and PNC is rated number 1 for good reason.
Bert and Le Anne
I guess we can’t complain about how exciting these games are, day in in, day out. This one was an umpire decision reversed on the final play of the game which resulted in a walk off Pirates win. Oddly enough the entire game was a “mirror image” one. Each team had only 3 hits, 1 run, and 4 left on until the 9th. Pitchers each had 100 pitch games. The Giants could not get the lead at the end, with 2 hits in the top of the 9th, but Marte did it for the Pirates, with a triple to the wall, when Sandoval misplayed. Even the slide to home plate was a last-minute reversal of the umpire’s decision.
It was a fast game to make up for the over 5 hour game the previous night. Rain is predicted for the closer of the series. We will see. Our is goal as always to win the series.
And now for the woman’s take on the game. I was heartbroken by the loss. Hudson deserves better. I was irate that Pablo couldn’t manage to get on base, and that he cost us the game. I know that Boche is walking a fine line in dealing with Sandoval. You have a talented player who is not performing. How long do you give him chances? His contract is up at the end of the season. Is he a spoiled brat, not playing because he is mad that Hunter was offered the deal? Or is he just trying to hard because he wants to perform? I guess we will know by the end of the season, but last night I was not happy! Bert takes this less seriously.
After Pablo’s error to have the final play at the plate reversed was like salt in a wound. That’s why I posted the umpire shot at the top of the page. The umpire was right there, and he makes the wrong call. Fans who don’t like replay should remember this game. Sure we all like to win, but this game points to the value of the new replay system. As a Giants fan it was heartbreak, but I want to know we won fairly. It is tough enough being a Pirates fan this season, and I don’t want to steal a game.
For the pluses of yesterday. We were told on the plane that we needed to try Primanti Bros. for lunch, so Bert and I both has the Pittsburgh cheesesteak complete with slaw and fresh-cut fries in the sandwich. Bert’s only comment was that by the time he finished the sandwich the fries were cold.
We got to see Kathy, the events coordinator again, and that was a plus. She reviewed what we liked about our visit to PNC and what we though needed improvement. We found that they do post passed balls, and wild pitches, but from 223 we could not see it. In 219 we were able to see that. We also heard from some fans Carol and Gary who we met earlier in the trip and they shared a photo of them enjoying a game. We also heard from people at home regarding Kruk and Kuip mention of us the previous night.
The views in this stadium are great. I like the Gulf building being lit up to celebrate a victory. It reminds me of Gotham in a batman movie.
I wish we had more time in Pittsburgh, as I would like to visit the city more. It is tough with late games followed by afternoon game to do much.
Bert and Le Anne
Tues May 6 2014
5 hours and 31 minutes – a long game by any measure, and a cold, freezing one at that, for the few 14K who were there. Game ended at 12:36 am, and we were back at the Wyndham by 1 am. It was exciting all the way.
After a 1st inning 2 run lead, down by 8-2, we rallied( most unusual lately) in the 6th and 7th to tie at 9, only to fall behind almost immediately 10-9. But 3 consecutive singles in the 9th, tied it once again, until we won it in the 13th, on Machi’s sac bunt, and a pitchers throwing error. Romo hit a batter, but no damage in the bottom of the 13th inning. Nerve racking to be sure. A 14 pitch batting stance for Pirates Walker, kept us on the edge of our seats.
To add to our interest and enjoyment we met Kruk and Kuip in the elevator while going up to our seats before the game. We received texts from SF that they referred to our trip during the game, and shared our story. We’ll see when we get back to SF, as someone recorded it for us.
Rain threatened all night, it was cold, the seats were club level sec 223, row A, and comfortably cushioned, which helped a little.
Now for the ladies view on the game. We learned that we could take either a free shuttle of the T from the Wyndham from Sue our waitress. The T got a closer, so of course we took the T. Bert said it reminded him of NY. We walked the short distance from the T to the stadium, and were disappointed by the sprinkles. We were greeted outside the stadium by a friendly Pirates staff member who was happy to discuss baseball, and gave us a few tips.
Bert likes to avoid stairs, so we were pointed to an elevator where we met Duane Kuiper and Mike Krukow. They were in a hurry to get to the booth, but allowed us to ride up, and Bert shared our story, and they took the times to pose for a picture. My niece’s fiance Johnny who is a baseball expert says Kruk and Kuip are the best broadcasters in the nation. He lives in Seattle now, but follows the Giants religiously.
We then met James B, who was there to check tickets going into the club level. He spent time listening to our story and shared that he had hoped to either pitch or play 3rd base. He planned on going to Ohio State, but ended up at Columbia playing football, and his dream of being a baseball great ended with a torn rotator cuff. He told Bert that Lou Gehrig’s glove was at Columbia, and told us we should visit next time we were in NY. Lou was Bert’s hero as a kid.
We got a good view of the city and the river from our seats in 223, which were club level on the 3rd base side. Bert and I are both short so would have chosen row B to avoid the rail when we visit again.
The next surprise was when Kathy M, the events coordinator came by to say hello. She asked if there was anything she could help with. I asked where the closest place I could get hot chocolate. It was cold, windy like AT&T, and scattered sprinkles on top of it. Kathy didn’t tell me where to get the hot chocolate, but came back with two cups, which were incredibly welcome.
Things I liked at PNC- the people, the view, the fact that they have specific info on pitches including horizontal and vertical break, the Buckaroos ask a Buc( nickname for Pirate) in which a young fan is filmed interviewing a player. What I did not like was the fact that they don’t show if the official score on wild pitches, passed balls, and they don’t announce what is being challenged. In the 5th inning Clint Hurdle challenged something and I still don’t know what it was.
Well off to study the food from the PNC guide-book since tonight we will eat at the park.
Le Anne and Bert