Back on the road to sucess Game 74 vs Dbacks

Bert,Le Anne, and Tim- a diehard Giants fan from Arizona

Bert,Le Anne, and Tim- a diehard Giants fan from Arizona

It was a tight fast game with both starting pitchers going 8 innings (Peavy 1 man short), and both throwing a hundred pitches. Poseys 4th inning solo homer provided the difference for a Giant win period. Romo got the 1 man he was asked to face for the 3rd out in the 8th. Casilla closed the game with a 1-2-3 ninth. If they do as well today, the Giants will take the series, and perhaps come in to the final 2 weeks as a real threat to take the division.

And now for the ladies view- we wandered by TGI Fridays and decided it was fate, so we chose to go in for dinner. We began with a mojito for me and a Pinot Grigio for Bert. I had a New York Burger and Bert had the California Club. After missing lunch we were grateful for the hardy portions. I forgot my phone so didn’t have anyones info with me…no tweets, texts, or photos the entire game. We met Tim, a Giants fan from AZ who wanted a photo with us, and lucky for me he sent it to me. Loran, a Giants fan from Ohio met up with us at our seats. She is going to be at the remaining games(except not all Dodgers games), and drove all the way from Ohio, hoping to be part of something special.
Bochy actually called this one the way I would have, including letting Peavy stay in a bit longer than he should have. I watched the score on the Dodgers game hoping the Rockies wouldn’t give up the lead. We had two things to celebrate last night; a GIANTS win and a dodgers loss. We are back to within 3 games! I am hoping we can gain some ground so that the Dodgers series isn’t as important. GO GIANTS!
The Internet at the Clarendon is spotty and I can’t get any more photos up, so will add them in when we get to the Omni in San Diego.

Until,
Bert and Le Anne

Ready for a turnaround vs Dbacks Game 73

We were guests on Marty Lurie's radio show

We were guests on Marty Lurie’s radio show


The covered stadium helped the Dbacks diehards (21,731) enjoy a pleasant win over the visiting Giants, while the high 90’s outside kept everyone uncomfortable.
But Trumbos’ grandslam in the 3rd gave the DBacks a 4-0 lead, which was never contested. Miley was in full control of the Giants until he left after 92 pitches in the 5th inning. The lead was never threatened, and the Giants must win the next 2 to take the series. We will be there to cheer them on an we continue the 81 for 93 adventure.
And now for the ladies view- We began the trip with a stop by AT&T for a guest spot on Marty Lurie’s pre-game show. We were made official members of his fan club and met lots of great Giants fans, who rooted us on as we come down the stretch on the final road trip of the 81 for 93 adventure. To hear the broadcast click here http://www.loveofthegameproductions.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Bert_Steinberg__GIANTS_Superfan-1410726496.mp3. It was loud and noisy, and of course there we techical problems with a remote, but we had fun meeting the New York lawyer behind the mike. We then hopped in the car and made it as far as Redlands before opting to call it a day. We headed out early and made it to the hotel in time to head to Chase after a quick siesta.
We went to the Arizona Baseball Club for dinner, and Bert ordered the chicken caesar salad which was enormous, and I ordered the tamales. The tamales were a piece of art on the plate, and the guacamole provided a complement to the eye and the palate.
I caught Bert grabbing a bite of his salad.

I caught Bert grabbing a bite of his salad.


And now for my comments of the game. I want a world series. After the disaster with the Dodgers, I figured Bochy would play each game like it was an elimination game. It was apparent from the start that Vogie was not at his best, yet Bochy made no changes. I don’t understand when we put my beloved Boys from the bay at such a disadvantage. I seethed the entire game, and were it not for a fellow Pence fan visiting from Texas I might have stormed close to the field to let Bochy have a piece of my mind. IMHO when you have a stinker you need a great game to erase it, and that wasn’t what this game provided. Enough said. I hope he takes this game seriously, and we end up with a W tonight.
We are currently under flash flood watch and I hope we get thunder from the Giants bats tonight
The boys watch as Vogie gives the Dbacks a 4-0 lead

The boys watch as Vogie gives the Dbacks a 4-0 lead

2 outta 3 ain’t bad….but those Dodgers road- game 72

Gamer babes hoping for sweep surround Bert

Gamer babes hoping for sweep surround Bert


After 106 pitches in 6 inning what can a manager do? The game was far from being decided and the relievers didn’t have it- 3 tried in the 7th to no avail. So it was with the offense as well. So a sweep- always a tough outcome, no matter who is playing- is unusual.
I guess we should not be surprised, when you only need to win 60% of your games to lead a division with 97 wins. So it is that baseball is a unique sport at the pro level. Do not despair.
These Tigers fans knew the game and spoke with us for about an hour before we headed to the game.

These Tigers fans knew the game and spoke with us for about an hour before we headed to the game.


And now for the ladies view- We met baseball junkies at the Hilton Garden Inn and spent an hour swapping baseball stories before heading to the stadium.

Sitting behind home plate is a rare experience, and despite being a sports junkie I have managed it twice, once from our banker, and yesterday from the generosity of two Giants fans we had not met until after they gave us tickets in the front row behind home plate.

This was our view watching batting practice.

This was our view watching batting practice.


Rick and Rene gave Bert an experience he had never had. He commented that it was a totally different experience to watch a game from that perspective. For me it made 1st base seem so much further from the plate. While waiting for the game to begin we met a fellow road warrior who had driven from Ohio to see the game. She will be going to games in AZ,SD, and LA
Loran and Bert- both Giants road warriors

Loran and Bert- both Giants road warriors


We met Eric who was security who gave Bert his Tigers “D” pin for his cap. He asked about a friend he knew from Giants security, but lucky for us we behave and have never met any of the Giants security staff.
Eric from Tigers security

Eric from Tigers security


We got this pic from someone who saw me on TV while we were at the game.
Me busy scoring

Me busy scoring


And of course everything is better when you are in great seats including the food.
Menu from the great seats.

Menu from the great seats.

I had the chicken shawarma and Bert opted for corn beef. We both enjoyed them, but trying to score and eat something as messy as a shawarma was challenging, and chicken kept falling on my score book.
My chicken shawarma

My chicken shawarma


This is Paws the Tigers mascot. He/she seemed friendly and kids liked him/her.
Paws interacted with fans

Paws interacted with fans


What game would be complete without a photo of our favorite players? Buster is Bert’s favorite because he doesn’t have an inflated ego, is a team player, and he is good in the club house. I like Hunter because he isn’t afraid to do things his own way, he has an incredible work ethic, and he is a bit old school with his pants.
Bert's favorite Buster Posey

Bert’s favorite Buster Posey

My favorite Hunter Pence

My favorite Hunter Pence


Bert and I continue to be amazed that anyone follows our adventure. I am especially amazed that someone my daughters age thinks what we are doing is cool.
Christina with Bert and Le Anne

Christina with Bert and Le Anne


My summary of Comerica is that it is a better than average ball park. It is a shame we had the bad experience the 1st day and guest services didn’t make it right, so i would say if you can afford great seats book them since the level of service is higher. Unique features such as the Tiger carousel and the baseball ride make this park a must visit. The lack of a true club level make it not in the same set as AT&T or PNC in Pittsburgh.
Until,
Bert and Le Anne

We win another one vs Tigers game 71

Rick,Bert, and Rene talking about Sundays seats

Rick,Bert, and Rene talking about Sundays seats


So we won 2 games of the Tigers interleague series. The Giants 4 runs to open the game in the 1st inning gave Madison the opportunity to get away with a mediocre performance. 100 pitches in 6 innings. The tigers 3 homers accounting for their 4 runs, still allowed him to capture a win.
Our boys have now won 8 of 10. They are keeping up with the Dodgers, although they still need 2 games to catch up. So Go Giants!
And now for the ladies view- Baseball has become all-consuming. I feel for Botchy. We began with a discussion with a Giants fan from KY at breakfast.
He claims to be the Giants greatest fan from KY

He claims to be the Giants greatest fan from KY

He says he became a Giants fan at age 8, and listened to the Giants, read the Giants, and now is attending more Giants games at AT&T than many locals.
We then proceeded to the game and Rick and Rene came up to meet us at our seats. They were the couple who gave us the great tickets for Sundays game. My family is excited because they may actually get to see me at a game, and not just rely on my text updates. We learned we both have daughters who dance. Rick is a great advocate for the Steinbergs. It was great to have an opportunity to get to know them a bit, and like the other friendships we have started along the way I hope it continues. For me the family, and friends are as important as the baseball on the 81 adventure.
There was a young couple sitting next to us. They made the same mistake we did when booking tickets. To us the club level is a premium place to watch a game. In all other stadiums( or stadia as Berts says) the club has perks in this ballpark the tickets are in the nosebleed section. We were in 330 and had a good but high view of home plate. For fans wanting club seats at Comerica they called Tigers den and are wide padded chairs.
Our view from 330- as usual a tall person usually sits in from of me

Our view from 330- as usual a tall person usually sits in from of me


Cloudy skies game us relief from the sun

Cloudy skies game us relief from the sun

We had the $5 value menu which was a hot dog, chips, and a small pop. We followed it with ice cream. After the great victory we went to a local place for dinner. I thought that this was a better outing for Mad Bum than Bert did. He gave all he had as he always does, and we had a win.If everyone did that every game we would beat LA.
Fishbones is local, lively, and has good home cookin

Fishbones is local, lively, and has good home cookin


Well, Sunday we will be behind home so watch for us on ESPN.
Until,
Bert and Le Anne

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times game 70

lunch at the El Wood bar and grill

lunch at the El Wood bar and grill

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.

Nice Tigers memorabilia from Donna at the Tigers

Nice Tigers memorabilia from Donna at the Tigers


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.
Bert with the 20's-30's memorabilia

Bert with the 20’s-30’s memorabilia


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.
Passport stamped with a smile

Passport stamped with a smile

Then Bert and I headed to meet Rick and Rene, Giants fans who supplied tickets for us for Sundays game.
Rick and Rene with her new Verlander doll

Rick and Rene with her new Verlander doll

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.
Stagnant, smelly water with garbage floating in it around our seats.

Stagnant, smelly water with garbage floating in it around our seats.

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
Billie, Denise, and Bill welcome us to Comerica and make us feel like family.

Billie, Denise, and Bill welcome us to Comerica and make us feel like family.

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.
Merry Go Round that was all Tigers

Merry Go Round that was all 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.
Pretzels and hot dogs for dinner

Pretzels and hot dogs for dinner

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.
Until,
Bert and Le Anne

Get it together so I can go to World Series game 69 Denver

Aspen shows us where to eat at Coors field

Aspen shows us where to eat at Coors field

Let’s make it look good. We split with the lowly Rockies, although one was just a completion of a suspended game. Homers seemed to fly continuously, and were responsible for almost every Rockies run. It seemed more like a tune up batting practice for the Rockies. Game 69 leaves only 12 more away games to complete our 81 adventure. Even my ususal”that’s baseball” reference will not suffice. Petit and all the others have a lot of waking up to do to make the remaining games count.
We began the day with a trip with Aspen the photographer from MLB to have Helton burgers. We opted for burgers this trip since the Rocky Mountain Oysters last trip that we shared were not something any of us wanted to repeat. It was great to catch up, and the Helton burgers from the stand were better than average. I think it is the thousand island dressing that made them better.
The game was painful to watch, but as always fans at Coors field were fun to share a game with.
We then headed back to the Crowne Plaza and opted to head out to dinner. We went to Maggiano’s Little Italy for Italian food. Corey the waiter was accommodating and got Bert his angel hair Bolognese and I had ravioli with meat sauce instead of fettucine. The portions were generous and they were their to make customer experiences happy and the prices were very reasonable. Corey told his manager about out 81 for 93 adventure and they comped us dessert. The manager even came to the table to tell Bert what an inspiration the trip is. I would recommend it to anyone in town for baseball.
Our waiter,the manager, and Bert discuss baseball

Our waiter,the manager, and Bert discuss baseball


I can only hope that the Giants want to win as badly as I want to see a world series. Detroit will tell me something about how badly they want it. Each game counts. Lucky for us the Nats beat the Dodgers last night so we didn’t lose ground.
I am having trouble at the hotel with the Internet so will have to add the photos in once we reach Detroit. We have to leave for the airport

Do unto others- We did it to the Rockies game 68

Paul, Bert, and Le Anne

Paul, Bert, and Le Anne

Petit didn’t have it. Before you could blink an eye(3 innings) our Giants were 6 behind. But these days you get to feel, they really want to work overtime, and go to the playoffs. They came back with another come from behind victory. Of course my man Posey, lead the charge, but Le Anne’s Pence was not far behind. So the Killers P’s – Pagan, Pence, Posey, Panik, and Pablo got going and pulled out the win, to make the visiting Giants fans happy.
Today, another day, another game, another win to close the gap.
And now for the ladies view. We had a very busy day in Denver. We were picked up at the Westin by Henry and then went out to the center for adults with dementia and Alzheimer’s. The group had watched “Pride of the Yankees” and then Bert was there to share his memories of Lou Gehrig. We had a baseball lunch of hot dogs, mac and cheese, and cole slaw with the group. Henry’s friend Alan filmed, while Jim interviewed Bert. We then bid good-bye to the group and headed to Henry’s development called Silver Sage for taping for an independent film. We went to the media room and talked until we ran out of time, and had to rush back to Denver so we could make the game. The stadium was relatively empty with about 25K fans. It appeared there were more Giant fans than Rockies. We stopped in again at the brewery for dinner. We had baked potatoes for dinner.

Baked potato with queso, beef, pico-, sour cream, and jalapenos

Baked potato with queso, beed, pico, sour cream, and jalapenos

. Then off we went to the Dry Diamond to get the passport stamped.
This official stamper was friendly and not camera-shy

This official stamper was friendly and not camera shy


We were lucky enough to have 2 Giants fans from Shreveport,LA. Vickie and Paul followed the Giants because Paul loved Willy Mays.
Vickie was smarty attired in her Panda hat. Next to us was a couple on a date to see their 1st baseball game together. He managed to get on TV and he also caught a ball bare handed, so it will be a date he remembers for a long time.
Paul." Panda" Vickie, Bert, and Le Anne

Paul.” Panda” Vickie, Bert, and Le Anne

It was great that we managed to do to the Rockies what they had managed to do to us the previous game. We over came their “insurmountable” lead and came away with a W. We were able to see Kruk and Kuip and again got a wave from them. We also got two texts telling us they had put us on TV. I hope we can take this one and the Nats will destroy the Dodgers. Beat LA! Go Giants!
Until,
Bert and Le Anne

You win some, you lose some Game 67 vs Rockies

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Labor Day! More beautiful weather for 8 hours of baseball, and for most of it good baseball would also be achieved. From noon on, an interview, then we were immersed in our favorite sport- all part of the 81 away gig. To start with completion of the suspended Rockies game, gave the Giants another W. 4 runs in the opening inning of the regular game,put us at ease, as we watched for the posted results of the Dodgers game. We the lead grew to -2 in the 5th, why worry? Except there was a 6th and 7th to be played, and we looked sloppy with 2 infield errors, but again why worry when we tied it in the 9th. Romo came in to close, and had two outs, when he gave the Rockies their winning walk off run.

And now for the ladies view- Well on a positive note we won the suspended game, we got to see Aspen from MLB, we met some great Giants fans,we had good weather and we made some new friends.

Coors field on a beautiful sunny day

Coors field on a beautiful sunny day

On the negative note we lost the second game, and it is one of the times when I really questioned the coaching decisions. I saw Tim Hudson was running out of steam, so with a 5 run lead why not give the rookie a chance, if he gives up a run then bring in Gutierrez, and finish with Machi. I believe that things would not have fallen apart if they hadn’t given up the lead. Instead you wait until the game is in question to bring in the rookie, and put undo pressure on him. In addition Romo had pitched well in the 1st so keep giving him the positive experience, rather than bringing him in for high pressure, must pitch perfectly situations. At least until he gets his mojo back.
We had enthusiastic Giants fans next to us for the 2 games. Carla and Eamon were almost as die-hard as Bert and I. It made the game enjoyable. Yesterday Jim, Henry, and Allen were shooting a documentary on our story pre-game, so we just grabbed a brat for me and a Rocky dog for Bert. There wasn’t much to say about the food. It was average ball park fare. We hope to have better fare today. We are headed to a nursing home now to give a talk on the 81 for 93 adventure.
Until,
Bert and Le Anne

Having fun at the game with new friends Carla and Eamon

Having fun at the game with new friends Carla and Eamon

Giants went home early, Nats came to play game 66

Bert, Le Anne, Joyce, and Gary support the killer P's

Bert, Le Anne, Joyce, and Gary support the killer P’s


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.
JC shared her cab and is a diehard Giants fan

JC shared her cab and is a diehard Giants fan

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.
The cupcakes are president themed.

The cupcakes are president themed.

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.
Gary shares his opinion of chicken sandwich. I would avoid it

Gary shares his opinion of chicken sandwich. I would avoid it

We had seats in 216 row H. It was covered so we had shade. We enjoyed the 1st 6 innings.
Nationals fans in our section had Natitude

Nationals fans in our section had Natitude

In the 6th things still looked good.
Things still looked good for the Giants with a 5-2 lead in the 6th

Things still looked good for the Giants with a 5-2 lead in the 6th

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.
Freakshow cab served by our friendly waitress Hadley at the Hyatt

Freakshow cab served by our friendly waitress Hadley at the Hyatt


We are headed home tomorrow and hop the earthquake activity is done, and people are safe.
Until,
Bert and Le Anne

Timmy tanks Game 65 at Nationals Park

John Dinges, Bert, and Jeff Stein talk baseball

John Dinges, Bert, and Jeff Stein talk baseball


Bert is behind with the crazy chedule we have. He may update latter, but since we need to get to game I am publishing the blog now.
And now for the ladies view – We began the day with a trip to Breadfurst a great place to have coffee and a pastry in a small neighbor co-op. We met Joel Swerdlow and one of his students to discuss the book. His student had grown up as a Palestinian in Jerusalem, so had a good perspective on people. Joel explained the reality of the publishing business, and we have decided to move forward. We returned to the hotel in time to finish the blog, and then it was time to head to the ballpark. It was raining again, and we both missed the umbrella and a bunch of other items carefully placed in Bert’s closet,so we wouldn’t forget them. We walked to the Metro station and grabbed the red line to the green line and walked in the the rain sans umbrella or raincoat to the stadium. Our 1st purchase was a couple of ponchos, and our second a couple of bottles of water. It seemed ironic to be buying water when it was coming down in a steady stream.
We arrived at our seats in section 130 and saw Martha, and angel of mercy, who saw that Bert was winded and wet and would do better seated some place dry.
Bert and the Martha the usher in section 130

Bert and the Martha the usher in section 130

I learned that her son and husband both worked at the ballpark. She and Bert traded pins. It is the only non-Giants pin Bert has on his Giants cap. We were in the disabled row and were dry and Bert recovered from the walk.
We opted for the cheesesteaks, because they were close and we were hungry. They were tasty, but cold by the time I returned to the seats. The row in front of us had a bunch of Giants fans who recognized us from the MLB article. They asked if they could take a photo, and of course we were happy to oblige.
Giants fans from the row in front of us

Giants fans from the row in front of us


We got to watch the tarping and untarping of the field, and I held my breath that we wouldn’t have a repeat of Chicago.
Nats ground crew knows how to tarp the field

Nats ground crew knows how to tarp the field


Timmy was pitching, and although he spent time in Seattle we have heard he doesn’t like rain. We predicted in yesterdays blog that he would not pitch well and he didn’t. Bert gave the dreadful details, so I have nothing much to add. I don’t understand why you force a pitcher to pitch in cicumstances he doesn’t like. He is also missing his favorite catcher, Hector Sanchez, and just doesn’t seem to do well with Buster or Susac. If Bochy had Petit pitch today, based on what we saw, we would have had another W which we badly needed if we are going to beat LA.
On the ride home we met two interesting guys, Jeff and John, both journalists, and both Nats fans. They enjoyed todays game more than we did, but talking about the game on the way “home” made the time pass quickly.
We may be underdogs for the next game, but as a man who has seen more than 80 years of baseball has explained, on any given day, either team could win.
Until,
Bert and Le Anne

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