You win some, you lose some game 63

Our suite here took the sting out of the trouble getting out of Chicago.

Our suite here took the sting out of the trouble getting out of Chicago.

Arrived in WA at 12:30 am in Washington and we were glad to get away from a miserable Chicago stay. We could blame it on the weather, on trying to do too much, but we were glad to put it behind us. Since Washington is a 1st time for Le Anne we are looking forward to rekindling our happy days.
And now for the ladies view- flying in and out of Chicago is always a challenge, so this time I opted to try Midway. We left the ballpark before the game finished, and figured we would catch the balance on the phone. Little did we know we would be stuck in some portable with no wi-fi so couldn’t get results until we arrived in DC. We did win the series so I am happy with that. We arrived so late we were upgraded to a suite at the InterContinental. Room price was listed at $1700 so things are looking great today. I want to see DC so blog is short.
Sweet Suite at InterContinental

Sweet Suite at InterContinental

We have a bar, a living room, bedroom, and bathroom

We have a bar, a living room, bedroom, and bathroom


Oh, and 160 other Giants fans are staying here(not in our suite). Go Giants
Until,
Bert and Le Anne

Giants take one from Da Cubbies game 62

Jeff, Bert, Le Anne, and Roxie

Jeff, Bert, Le Anne, and Roxie

Things were more like it Wednesday! More to like! The 1st six batters for the Giants ( 5 hits and a SAC fly) produced 4 runs, which eliminated any potential anxiety for the rest of the day. 3 more in the 3rd, 1 additional in the 4th, and an 8-2 lead made the rest of the game boring. The best the poor Cubbies could do against a Peavy who allowed 10 hits was 2 runs. So why complain? I guess there is no way to satisfy a committed baseball fan, who likes the game so much he wants excitement and interest for all 9 innings.
Oh well! You can’t satisfy them all, by just saying “That’s Baseball.” More tomorrow if they play. Rain has been forecast.

And now for the ladies view. We waited for my Iowa cousins to pick us up at the hotel. While curbside we met a couple of Giants fans who recognized us from TV. Thank you Kruk and Kuip! When Roxie and Jeff arrived we discussed how tough Chicago traffic is. It is one of the reasons I opted not to rent a car, and stay near the redline.

Giants fans we met at the Intercontinental.

Giants fans we met at the Intercontinental.


It was Star Wars night at Wrigley and the force was with us, and so was Darth Vader.
Darth and the storm troopers invade Wrigley

Darth and the storm troopers invade Wrigley

Darth headed toward Cubs dugout

Darth headed toward Cubs dugout

Everything went perfectly for the Giants tonight, including notice that Bochy’s appeal was upheld and we would get a chance to erase the loss. It was a great game if you are a Giants fan. I could talk with Roxie and Bert taught Jeff to score. It has been a lot of fun to see family as we have traversed the country. Last night we had dinner at the ballpark. Bert and my cousins opted for hot dogs and I opted for Giordano deep dish pizza. I would give it an average rating. I assume that it was sub-par because it was done at the stadium and was lukewarm, since Giordano has a great reputation.
Sausage deep dish pizza

Sausage deep dish pizza

I was thrilled to have a game that was not exciting, because the Giants were on the winning side of the equation. Today a partial double-header unless it rains, then things get complicated.
Until,
Bert and Le Anne

What a way to lose Game 61 vs Cubs

Breeds, Dr.Neuhaus, and Maggie from UCSF

Breen, Dr.Neuhaus, and Maggie from UCSF

Natosha and her supervisor.

Natosha and her supervisor.

Again, what a day! Up early to get to Chicago in time for a 7 pm start, and just about made it, after allowing for dinner with a relative unseen for 40 years, and then not even a full game. And the Giants did good, even after giving up a 2 run homer with one out in the 1st inning. They out hit the Cubs 6-3 in a 4 1/2 inning rain shortened game to the legal level to create another loss.
I understand Bochy complained about calling the game, after an almost 5 hour wait. The rules put that decision into the sole discretion of the umpires. Once the game starts, the clubs have nothing to say about things like rain. We didn’t object when at 8:40 pm we decided to go back to the hotel. As it turned out, we were glad we did.
Todays another day- or night- and we will do better. We could have caught up yesterday, but as I always say, “That’s baseball”
We began the home stay with a 1:30 arrival and a 10:30 surgery for Bert. He is fine just a basal cell removal due to many baseball games in the sun. Dr Neuhaus and his team made sure Bert could make the game in Chicago and they put in disposable stitches. Bert requested an orange SF, but they didn’t have orange suture material.LOL We met Natosha on a previous visit prior to the wedding and she was eager to see wedding photos. Her supervisor happened to walk by and recognized us from TV. Even surgery is fun these days.

Giants fans on our flight.

Giants fans on our flight.


We began this leg of the 81 adventure with an early morning flight on Virgin America. We met this couple waiting for the flight and they offered to give Bert and I their seats so Bert and I could sit together. I have mentioned this story is not just our story, but the story of others who often show unexpected acts of kindness. We opted to keep the seats we were in because I was happily between two Giants fans and Bert planned on sleeping. I got to hear their Giants adventure, and share ours and the flight flew by. We hit a bit of noticable turbulence outside Chicago, and I shared a story about how when my daughter was young we had hit turbulence I had gripped the arm rest and held on for dear life. My daughter burst into song and sang a song she made up for the occasion “Bumping in the Sky”. I told the woman that my daughter singing had shown me that how one reacts to a situation is a choice, and my daughter clearly had made the situation a light-hearted one. I think of that song any time we hit turbulence. The woman and I then joined in a chorus of Bumping in the Sky” and the turbulence was gone.
We grabbed our luggage and headed to the hotel. We are staying at the Intercontinental. It is convenient to the Wrigley via the redline. Traffic was terrible and it took until after 3 for the taxi driver to reach the hotel. We met up with my mom’s cousin Jean Alan who is a world-renowned interior decorator. I had not seen her in more than 40 years, so we had lots to catch up on. We had lunch/dinner at Eataly. It is an unusual place, and I had a delicious artichoke dish.

Cousin Jean Alan, Le Anne, and Bert.

Cousin Jean Alan, Le Anne, and Bert.

It was wonderful to go to a Cubs game with family. I had heard stories of my great-grandmother, grandmother, and mother attending Cubbies games on ladies day. Going into a grand old ball park that generations had seen was memorable.
Wrigley field

Wrigley field


We ran into some fans who recognized the 81 couple.
Giants fans converge on Wrigley.

Giants fans converge on Wrigley.


The game is a memorable one because it was decided by the incompetence of the Cubs ground crew. They looked like a comic team as they stood around with the tarp in the downpour, and then couldn’t get the field covered. I have had comments from Giants fans alleging that this was the only way the Cubs can win a game these days. They had mountain sized bubbles in the tarp, and tarped and retarped numerous times. Never have I seen such a bungled job. They managed to dump water all over the field, and the game couldn’t be resumed because despite only a 15 minute shower, the field was to wet and muddy to be safe. I am ready for a better result today.

Our seats are in 216 row 7 seats 7-10. So stop by and say hi

Until,
Bert and Le Anne

The Giants woes continue Game 60 vs KC

Royals fans welcomed us

Royals fans welcomed us

What do you say about a game where nothing went right. If you are Bert you simply say that’s baseball. We had tickets in section 310 row A this time. We got to see the club level, and I would say this is one of the few areas the Royals lacked. The food was limited to hamburgers and hot dogs, we saw no place to lounge, and the memorabilia was minimal. On a positive note they had the best cup holders of any of the stadiums. They held the large size cups.

Bert did pose with the Royals greats

Bert did pose with the Royals greats


Deluxe cup holders

Deluxe cup holders


We looked over at Kruk and Kuip in the booth and watched as Mike Krukow tossed up a ball. We didn’t hear the broadcast, but I wondered what do you talk about when a game is lop-sided. I have lots of respect for someone who can fill up 3 hours with banter. The Hunter Pence signs throughout the stadium must have provided some opportunity, but other than that I am unsure how they kept things going.
Kruk and Kuip have to fill air time

Kruk and Kuip have to fill air time


I mentioned that the food was boring on the club level. The only thing I found worth mentioning were the funnel fries- tradional funnel cake in bite size strips. I had a cheeseburger and Bert had a hot dog.
I hope we can turn this around because I would like to see another World Series win for the Giants. They need hot bats and consistent pitching. Injuries have been devastating.
We
Until,

No Runs for Boys from the Bay Game 59

Bert, Eton, and Le Anne all hoping for a big Giants victory

Bert, Eton, and Le Anne all hoping for a big Giants victory


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.

Ribs from the barbeque shack

Ribs from the barbeque shack

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.

It was Nebraska day at the stadium and the Royals and Husker mascots got together pre-game

It was Nebraska day at the stadium and the Royals and Husker mascots got together pre-game

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

Korean fan who was sponsored to enjoy his bucket list dream

Korean fan who was sponsored to enjoy his bucket list dream

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!

Until,
Bert and Le Anne

Ump falls Royal won’t in Game 58

Royals fans welcome the Steinbergs

Royals fans welcome the Steinbergs

We shudda won! We didn’t! 8 hits in the 1st 3 innings. 5 hits in the 3rd. We were certainly disappointed, having 2 men thrown out and home in that inning, so only 1 run scored. Obviously the Giants were disappointed too. They could only squeeze out 4 singles for the rest of the game.

Butlers homer in the 1st was all the Royals needed to coast the rest of the way. Bumgarner did a fine job following that 1 mistake. He went for a complete game loss throwing 123 pitches in 8 innings. He faced only 3 Royals in each inning after the 2nd. Another wasted superb performance although it did require 4 KC relievers to protect their early lead. They did so while striking out 5 Giants to match the starters 5 K’s for a total of 10 Giant strikeouts.

The Tim boys-Hudson and Lincecum will now have to win the final 2 outings to grab the series. We will be there, then return home for a week before hitting the road to Chicago and DC back east. This will complete 9 of the 12 trips in the 81 adventure.

And now for the ladies view- Grrr I am still trying to get online, and the annoyance of not being able connect to wi-fi is making me about as happy as last nights loss.

Guest relations in tops at KC

Guest relations in tops at KC

We arrived at the stadium and we met outside by Giants fans Liz and Larry. Larry even had orange shoes.
Liz and Larry I believe from Nebraska

Liz and Larry I believe from Nebraska

We then went to guest relations and they are the best guest relations dept we have met so far. We not only got the passport stamped, but were given the press notes on both teams, a tote to carry everything, and they even tracked down a scorebook since Bert had run out of pages on his. They also gave us hints on food, and we were not disappointed.
Getting the passport stamp

Getting the passport stamp

KC tote bag that guest relations provided us to carry things on the 81 for 93 adventure

KC tote bag that guest relations provided us to carry things on the 81 for 93 adventure

Media score book that Royals gave Bert

Media scorebook that Royals gave Bert

Press notes provided by the guest relations team for the Royals

Press notes provided by the guest relations team for the Royals


The Mac and Jack sausage with pulled pork, macaroni and cheese, bacon, barbecue sauce all over a sausage was delicious. Bert opted for a hot dog which was grilled, a little burned, but warm and tasty. Bert chased the dog with a beer
Mac and Jack sausage for about $11

Mac and Jack sausage for about $11


The stadium was great for the market size of the Royals. Creative finishes such as the crown on the scoreboard, and the water features that can be lit were attractive. The scoreboards provided all the info that anyone wanting to score the game needed, and the scorer was responsive in getting scoring decisions on the scoreboard.
water features are turned into fountains between innings and lit

water features are turned into fountains between innings and lit

Scoreboard with crown is unique

Scoreboard with crown is unique


Jim and Jennifer tricked us by telling us they were seated right behind us. They are new Giants fan friends.
Jim and Jennifer who we met in Milwaukee follow the Giants to KC

Jim and Jennifer who we met in Milwaukee follow the Giants to KC

we were lucky enough to have Giants fans next to us. They even scored the game
Giants supporters help us keep scoring straight since we were tired

Giants supporters help us keep scoring straight since we were tired

We had a visit from Carley and Sara who recognized us from Kruk and Kuips broadcasts.
Carley and Sara cheer with Bert and Le Anne. Go Giants!

Carley and Sara cheer with Bert and Le Anne. Go Giants!


The game was a big disappointment. Madison Bumgarner gave a super human performance with 123 pitches. The play was sloppy and we could have easily taken this game so the loss is even tougher. Giants players are playing to hard and just need to relax. I was happy that Morse and Perez had better games after being so gracious to us yesterday. Of note was an unusual play by the ump at 3rd. He was calling a Giant safe and was so enthusiastic he fell on his rear. It will certainly make the bloopers list.
I am a big Bumgarner fan and it was sad to have 3 Giant errors, a slide by Pence into 3rd which was called safe then overturned, and a call on the Royals which was overturned in their favor- nothing seemed to go our way.
The Royals fans we met were welcoming, the stadium is family friendly, and if you enjoy a park off the beaten path KC is a good place to visit. I would come back in the future. Now we just need a couple of wins and I will really like it! It only took me 2 hours to do the blog today due to slow internet at the Staybridge Suites… Grrr
Until,
Bert and Le Anne

Brew Crew bashes Boys from the Bay Game 57

Juan Perez and Michael Morse make Bert feel like one of them

Juan Perez and Michael Morse make Bert feel like one of them

Just another game, that followed the old pattern of some early action( 6 hits in the 1st few innings)but not one extra base hit when needed. It was not a long ball day and no small ball attempted. Peavy couldn’t complete 6 and came up with his 3rd loss as a Giant, with no wins. He allowed 9 hit( 4 doubles) to give the Brewers the 3 runs needed to take the game. A lost series, although the 33-23 away record, is still a good one. Le Anne and I are willing to take Larry Baer up on his offer to watch more home games from his owners box. We would be glad to bring our 81 for 93 magic and turn around the unsatisfactory home record. Le Anne will be waiting for Larry’s call.

The ladies view-I am sitting here trying to remember what happened yesterday, and it seems like a long time since the loss of yesterday. Of note was a gracious conversation with Morse and Perez, followed by a picture together. The reason for the trip in the 1st place was Bert’s dream to live the life of a ball player and the guys really made him “feel like one of them”. As for the game we began with lunch- Bert had a turkey wrap and I had cheese curds in a canoe. They are a typical Wisconsin treat and reminded me of mozzarella sticks

Cheese curd in a canoe

Cheese curd in a canoe

Bert enjoys a turkey wrap

Bert enjoys a turkey wrap

I sat next to an obnoxious Brewers fan who continued with berating comments the entire game. I thought Peavy was much improved and I expect a win from him soon.
I went to the ladies room, and this is noteworthy in that in the majority of cases each time I leave my seat and go to the ladies room the Giants get a run. Bert thinks it may be 100% of the time. I told him the Giants needed help so I was going and sure enough they got their only run. I also got us Blue Belle turtle pops while I was up. It was something sweet to concentrate on, instead of Mr. Mouth next to me who didn’t have a nice thing to say about my beloved Giants the entire game.

Our seats were good but for a day game the seats between 1st and home plate are better because they are not in the sun. We were in section 225 row 14 this time. The view was reasonable except for 2 ladies with tall straw hats which partially obstructed the view.

View from 225 row 14 Loge level seats

View from 225 row 14 Loge level seats

View from 225

View from 225

After the game we scrambled for the bus, but arrived in time for the last bus, which we knew from the previous night wouldn’t leave until 30 minutes after game time, and it is a generous 30 minutes. We opted for a cab, and apparently Bert was slow because after missing 2 of them, we thought we were next and so did another couple. They were staying at the same hotel so suggested we share. It was a delightful conversation, then we hurriedly scrambled for the luggage and a cab to the airport so we could pick up the rental car at the Enterprise. The cab driver was a Brewers fan 1st, but a lover of the game of baseball 2nd. He and Bert had a lively discussion about the game and we arrived at the airport quickly.

Curt, Bert, Le Anne, and Cathy from NYC

Curt, Bert, Le Anne, and Cathy from NYC

The Enterprise car rental experience was not the best. We rented a car from Milwaukee to KC and it was pricey because we were dropping it off in another location. The lady at the counter wouldn’t help me link this reservation to the one in my previous name. She was rude, and if this had been my 1st experience with Enterprise I wouldn’t use them again. I also asked if she could speak to KC Enterprise location and arrange for us not to have to return this car and pick one up. We knew we would be getting in between 2 and 3am, and to drive this car to the airport, and pick up an identical car so we could pay local rates instead of the inflated long distance rate seemed like a courtesy they could extend to a loyal customer, especially since it would cost them nothing. She wouldn’t help on this either. We got the car and arrived in KC at 230 am and checked in to the hotel. We had breakfast at IHOP then headed the 45 minutes to the airport to exchange the car for a like vehicle, then 45 minutes back to the hotel.
We chose the Staybridge Suites because they advertised they were minutes to the stadium. We will be lucky if there is no traffic to be able to make it parking lot to parking lot in less than 30 minutes. They also advertise free Wi-Fi. In my opinion they are misleading on this also since you can’t get wi-fi on your cell phone. I complained and the manager did say they are investing in upgrading the routers, and he allowed me to use his personal hot spot to try to upload photos for the blog. Unfortunately only about 1/2 uploaded, and the wi-fi on the laptop in so slow I have given up until I get home or some place where I have real wi-fi. I am grabbing an hour nap and the off to the stadium. Go Giants! From the time we left the Pfister in Milwaukee, which was my favorite hotel, things have taken a plummet. A win tonight and this annoyance will be forgotten.
Until,
Bert and Le Anne

Wow, wow, wow we win vs Brewers game 56

Joe, Jennifer, Le Anne and Bert don't have the blues after last nights victory. Photo by Carol Kraco Photography

Joe, Jennifer, Le Anne and Bert don’t have the blues after last nights victory. Photo by Carol Kraco Photography

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.

Girls and their dad join Bert in cheering on the Giants

Girls and their dad join Bert in cheering on the Giants


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.
Sean from Brewers Media relations was very kind and responsive.

Sean from Brewers Media relations was very kind and responsive.

We were in section 116 row 7 and the view was spectacular.
Michael Morse and his powerful swing

Michael Morse and his powerful swing


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.
Justin and Samantha (see her new ring) spending the perfect day in great seats to celebrate their engagement

Justin and Samantha (see her new ring) spending the perfect day in great seats to celebrate their engagement


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.
These Giants fans love following the Giants and got to shake hands with some of the players.

These Giants fans love following the Giants and got to shake hands with some of the players.

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.
Bert and Bochy- a big fan with a big league Coach

Bert and Bochy- a big fan with a big league Coach

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.
Carol from Kraco Photography not only took our picture, but made me a latte.

Carol from Kraco Photography not only took our picture, but made me a latte.


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!

Until,
Bert and Le Anne

Needed a brew after the loss to the Brewers game 55

Fellow fans we Met on bus 90

Fellow fans we Met on bus 90


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.

Matt, Jenn, Le Anne, Bert Dennis and Sharon from SF

Matt, Jenn, Le Anne, Bert Dennis and Sharon from SF

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.

These Giants fans had just come from New York as you can tell by the Finertys tee

These Giants fans had just come from New York as you can tell by the Finertys tee

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.
Beer, brats, and Brewers fans

Beer, brats, and Brewers fans

The area outside the park had statues, green space, and plenty of parking lot space for the tailgaters.
Bert, shy as he is, manages to pose for a photo at the site of the old stadium.

Bert, shy as he is, manages to pose for a photo at the site of the old stadium.

Le Anne and Bert outside Miller Park

Le Anne and Bert outside Miller Park

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.
This was the 1st stadium I have seen a sign  addressing guns

This was the 1st stadium I have seen a sign addressing guns

We then went into the stadium and got our passport stamp. The location was convenient to our seats which were in Sec 118.
We have now completed the passport for Miller Park

We have now completed the passport for Miller Park

. 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.
Le Anne,
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!

Sean Owens
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.

Chorizo sausage and waffle fries run about $8.

Chorizo sausage and waffle fries run about $8.

The view from our seats was good sec 118 row 9 seat 7,8
Great view and the price was reasonable at $53 from stubhub

Great view and the price was reasonable at $53 from stubhub

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
Veronica Feylings pano shot of Miller park

Veronica Feylings pano shot of Miller park

Bert, Veronica, and her dad

Bert, Veronica, and her dad

MLB tells our story and Giants beat the Mets game 54

Jason, Bert(clean shirt before ice cream soup) Le Anne

Jason, Bert(clean shirt before ice cream soup) Le Anne


We done it!! Three out of four from the not to bad Mets is a good series result. When we take each series from the Brewers and Royals this week, it means a 7-3 road trip- which is a good statistic. With the Dodgers taking on the exploding Angels there is a good chance to close the leadership gap this week. But don’t be surprised if by this time next week we are back on top.
We find it very encouraging that our gang never gives up- at least not these days. Down early, our fans have gotten into the habit of thinking ” No problem, it isn’t the 7th or 8th inning”. The team keeps fighting to the very last out. And so it was again Monday. Behind, catch up, tie it, almost get the winning hit, and finally getting the one long ball that does the trick. Small ball hasn’t crossed the Bay yet. To be true, the 2 next midwest series offer strong challenges, but we are sure the 3 P’s (Pence, Posey, and Pablo) and Belt will work their magic.

We began the day with an early start since game time was noon today. We had breakfast finished the blog, packed, and checked out of our hotel, then caught the 10 am shuttle to the ballpark. I was once again hopeful that I would get an autograph, and as we headed to the field we stopped by Mets guest relations to get our 1st timer certificate and see if they had the media notes available. Bert told them our story. They are mailing the certificate and were interested in our story.
We arrived early enough to get space at the rail, and Bert scored a front row seat so he didn’t have to stand while we chatted with fans, also hopeful to get an autograph. It is disappointing that in 54 games I have only managed to get 3 signatures. I wish the Giants would at least send a player who is not playing that day to sign for 15-30 minutes. Tracey was standing next to me and was in love with Timmy Lincecum. She had lots of Lincecum accessories, and Bert sacrificed his Lincecum cap pin to a girl who knew Timmy prefered blonds, but still wanted to marry him, despite the disadvantage her of being a brunette.

Tracey plans on marrying Tim Lincecum

Tracey plans on marrying Tim Lincecum


A mom was there with her boys and had brought them to see the Giants. She said the family pack at Citi Field was an affordable deal for a family, and includes a food credit. Another kind Mets fan shared her sunscreen with Bert.
Young and Veteran( can't call Bert Old) Giants fans share a love of the game

Young and Veteran( can’t call Bert Old) Giants fans share a love of the game

I then got a call from Jason who is a graphics designer and he brought Bert and I tee shirts and posters he had designed.
Bert and Jason meet for the 1st time.

Bert and Jason meet for the 1st time.

Bert and Le Anne shpw off the new Art work Jason gave them for their baseball room

Bert and Le Anne shpw off the new Art work Jason gave them for their baseball room


Kruk and Kuip apparently caught us pregame with the poster and we saw them wave. We got a text from a couple of fans letting us know they saw it on TV. We also got an email from Jason saying that his friend saw a post of us on facebook. Shortly after we were met at the rail by Matt from Mets guest relations and he said the Mets would like to upgrade our seats.
Matt from Mets guest relations surprised us with premium upgrade on the seats

Matt from Mets guest relations surprised us with premium upgrade on the seats


We were just behind the Giants dugout section 126 row 3. We ordered lunch from the seat food service people and it was the only blemish on the day. Our rootbeer was warm, our ice cream cones contained soup, my California rolls were warm, and Berts hot dog was lukewarm. To top it off we waited 45 minutes for the food to arrive.
California rolls would have been good if they were not warm

California rolls would have been good if they were not warm


If the day was not exciting enough I got a text from Ryan from MLB telling us that our 81 for 93 adventure was online at MLB.com http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article/mlb/93-year-old-man-and-his-wife-traveling-to-all-road-san-francisco-giants-games?ymd=20140803&content_id=87779546&vkey=news_mlb He not only interviwed us by Clint Hurdle, and Jeremy Affelt about our story

The game was a thriller, the day was a thriller, the people were a thriller.

I didn't get the name of the tow Giants fans surrounding Bert, but if they let me know names I will add them, Stephanie, and Jason meet after the victory

Daniel, Bert,Garrett, Stephanie, and Jason meet after the victory

Bert, Stephanie, Le Anne, and Jim Scanlon displaying Jasons artwork

Bert, Stephanie, Le Anne, and Jim Scanlon displaying Jasons artwork


After the game we took the bus back to the Hampton, then shuttle to the airport. We took 2 puddle jumpers to make it to Milwaukee. We got in after midnight, and then slept in. The Pfister hotel is exceptional and we are catching our breath. Go Giants!
This is our room at Pfister.

This is our room at Pfister.

Our bedroom at the Pfister Hotel

Our bedroom at the Pfister Hotel

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