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
Game 80 away, with 1 to go. It was my 101st game of the season, a 4-2 loss to the Dodgers as they evened this series. The interesting part was it was home run derby day- all 6 runs resulting from 4 baggers. The Dodgers took the lead, and never looked back, with 2 homers for 3 runs in the 1st. Bumgarner, who has been used as a pitch hitter, gave the Giants their only 2 runs, with his 1st at bat in the 3rd inning. The 1st 3 innings had the lead of runner getting on base with a hit, but Madison cashed in, with the only Giants runs for the day.
The Dodgers added the 4th run with Turners second 4 bagger in the 8th. The series is tied, and today we will close it out. The Dodgers have the league lead. The Giants should make the wild card. What will the final league result be? Who knows? I won’t predict.
Where to begin? It is game 80. My cousin Aaron is joining us to watch the game. I got to see a game with his dad in DC and now with Aaron. They both scored the game. I am reflecting on what this trip has meant to me, and I ask is it baseball? family? friends we have met along the way? time with Bert? I guess like baseball it is the entire team that is important- no player more important than the other. I love the Giants! They are a true team, and work hard for a single goal. The trip will be over in one more game. I have mixed emotions about it ending. Both Bert and I are tired,yet I know if there were 81 more games we could make it together, and yet it will be nice not to be eating another burnt Dodger Dog, and to sleep in our own bed.
It was a game of drama. First a lead off homer by Turner, then Bumgarner hitting Puig. Puig charged Mad Bum, and then the benches emptied.
We were surrounded by Dodgers fans last night. They were not the bad, drunk ones, and were fascinated by our 81 adventure. They came around when I told them to watch out for Mad Bum at the plate, and they scoffed. As if on cue Mad Bum homers, and the Dodgers fans are stunned. I am totally bummed by the loss, and again I find myself second guessing Bochys choice of starters in a do or die game against the Dodgers. Huddie has not done well in his last starts, and the Dodgers have the mighty Kershaw pitching. I guess and Bert and Marty Lurie both say “That’s baseball”
I have another cousin who is a Dodgers fan, and he has been trash talking ever since the Giants lost the lead. I told Zach that I don’t believe the Dodgers will go far, because they are impulsive, hot-headed players who forget about team. Maybe by being steady and predictable Bochy brings something to the team that in the long run serves them well. Play our game, and play as a team. We won’t change our game just because it might serve us now. We play together as a team, and build something that doesn’t just serve us for one game. Go Giants! Pull together, and pull out a win as the great team you are.
Bert and Le Anne
Well yesterdays game was 100 for the year, according to my score book, 79 were away games, leaving 2 more in LA to complete the 81 for 93 adventure. We are going to do it! It is a bit tiring we will admit, but what could be more exciting than yesterdays 5-2 13th inning win. It brings us closer to the playoffs, but no guarantee yet.
A 3 run 13th inning was exciting coming down the home stretch. The relievers did their job. Peavy threw his 83 pitches in 7 innings. He was almost matched by Haran’s 100 pitches in his 7 inning. Two more games vs the Dodgers. It could get more exciting before the week is over.
We should mention that Larry Baer invited us to the office proceeding next Sundays home game. What could he have in mind? Whatever it is, we are excited.
And now for the ladies view- I don’t make any bones about it, I can’t stand driving in LA. We opted for a nap, and overslept. We usually get there two hours pre-game, but it was 5:30 when we woke up. It is only a little over 3 miles so we felt we had plenty of time. Naturally there was a detour getting on the 110, and naturally even Bert could have walked faster than we drove. We arrived at the stadium and dashed in to a prefered lot and hurried to the stadium. There was no time to get the passport stamped, and we hurried to our seats. Harriet and Dave who follow our blog came by to say hi, and sadly we only had time for a brief conversation and a quick photo, and then just about enough time to fill out the line up on the score book. The atmosphere was a playoff atmosphere last night, and the Giants came to play.They looked like a different team from the one we saw in San Diego. The Dodgers had massive cheer squads Frank Sinatra Jr sang the National Anthem and it was Tommy Lasordas birthday complete with a cake and well wishes from Magic Johnson. Lucky for us we came to spoil the party.
As with the 1st visit to Dodger stadium I encountered some less than desireable behavior from Dodgers fans. I took a hit in the back of my knee with a beer bottle and my knee is still smarting. I think that both the Dodgers organization and Dodgers fans could end this type of behavior, and they should. We heard great Dodgers cheers like Giants suck. Some Dodgers fans apologized, but none of them told the idiots to zip it.
The great overtime victory did take the sting out of being hit, as did the comments from a Dodger fan who said I would take Hunter Pence over Puig any day and Brandon Crawford over Hanley Ramirez.
To what do I credit for the win? Maybe the great together we can spirit? Maybe the coaching? The pitching? The fielding, which was terrific? Or the bats that seemed to light up? No- I credit Hunter Pence for the drum playing on Browns head that seems to fire up the Giants.
Oh, and I would be remiss in failing to report on the food.
Like all else in Dodgers stadium dinner didn’t live up to what we enjoy as Giants fans. We both got burned hot dogs.
I got texts pre-game from Giants fans asking us to tell the Giants that they want to Giants to know they still believe. My nieces boyfriend who lives in Seattle sent us a photo of how much he believed
My mom texted she was exhausted but wouldn’t close her eyes until the final pitch was thrown. My dad who has Alzheimer’s took a lap each time the Giants got a hit. My sister rooted them on, and said she believed in the Giants and they would win just like the Seahawks. My daughter joined in listening to every play. Fans like Larry from Texas watched eagerly on MLB, and told us he already had tickets for 2 Giants series next year and wanted to plan a get together. Fans from the blog are already planning when we can get together next year. We also got texts from across the country from as far as Iowa who saw us on TV and reported on Kruik and Kuips commentary.
Bert and I are moved by the people who have become part of the 81 for 93 adventure. Go Giants….together we can! And as if we didn’t have enough fun at Dodgers stadium Bert suggested we just try and go direct to the right field gate instead of retraceing our path in. We got out to the lots and couldn’t find our car. after 30 minutes of walking we did get a cart and described where we had come in, and he took us right to the car.
Bert and Le Anne
We are committed to writing a daily blog. We honor our commitments, but if one is to tell the truth, and one always does so(even when one becomes 2)This a.m. is not condusive to positive thinking. What can one( or two) say when the Padres sweep a series when our guys desperatly need to wind up their mediocre season on a upswing. BTW Webster defines mediocre as average. And of the 3 games, only one of them was even mediocre. Who can we blame? Bochy? Our starters? Vogies reached 100 pitches in 5 innings? Our bullpen? We used 5, even gave Bochy Jr a workout, all to no avail.
So as the season winds down, the only question can be “Will they try and repair the broken wheel?” I am not even sure of that.
And now for the ladies view- I did the stadium tour pre-game and learned a few interesting facts about Petco. The most interesting to me were about the brick that PETA purchased.
Peta wanted a brick that said boycott PetCo and naturally with PetCo spending the millions of dollars for the naming rights, the Padres were reluctant to grant that request. PETA snuck by a brick that spells out the message, but using a seemingly positive message. Read the brick and take the 1st letter of each word and you have Boycott PetCo. The second interesting thing Tim shared was regardinging the earthquake buffers built in to the stadium. The railing has already shifted over an inch.
We got to explore all the nooks and crannies of the park including the Fox cameras.
Loran the Giants fan from Ohio went on the tour with me, since it was about 6 miles of walking according to the guide. Bert wasn’t up to 6 miles yet.
I am continuing to battle a dying computer, so will have to post the rest of the photos after it has cooled down in LA.
After the tour I headed back to the Omni to grab my backpack and Bert and head to the ballpark. We were on the elevator with Brian Sabean, and one of the Giants scouts. Bert and the other people on the elevator were oblivious. They discussed the Giants play and I just smiled at Mr. Sabean. He didn’t comment.
We met a nice Dodgers fan who took photos for us and had a mix of Padres and Giants fans around us. The discussion was friendly, and other than the loss the game was a good social experience. We shared our generous portion of shrimp and fries with the Padres fans next to us. Late in the game a few Padres fans had a few to many beers. After multiple warnings they were ejected.
Coming back we met the Gamer Angels and we took the elevator back up to our rooms. We ran into Tim Lincecum. I asked if he would be offended if we took a photo. He immediately took off his headphones and posed with Bert 1st and then the Gamers Angels. We all talked about the hope we still have for the season. I guess that is the difference between Bert and I. I remember the warm conversation and the fact that we all believe including Timmy. Bert remembers the Padres sweep. Well shutting off the computer and hitting the road for LA to see how much the Giants want to win.
Until Bert and Le Anne
Game 98-77 away- It was another one we would like to forget! In a way I can’t wait for the next 4 games so that I may be relieved of the 81 weight I seem to be carrying on my back. Promises are promises. Expectations must be met. So with all the glamor, and excitement that the 81 story has engendered, how may I plead not to just being tired, but being tired of the travel. The day does not now pass when Le Anne and I are not stopped, admired, or congratulated on what we are doing. I am wondering what it is we are doing to engender these reactions.
Winning or losing baseball games, no longer seems the issue, in attempting to comment on the game, or what tomorrow may bring. The many reactions and friendly discussions we are having in all of our travel, have made us realize how much a sport- including baseball of course, breaks the ice among people to the point of molding and melding attitudes about all our lifestyles, different as they may be.
We have learned from others, that these interactions have been helpful. We have learned so much about others as we travel. What else could be better? So the Giants were swamped by the Padres. The friends and relationships created on this trip make that fact seem immaterial. Who would have thought?
And now for the ladies view- We met Loran for lunch at the terrace. On the way we passed a display with a baseball from the 1800’s.
We had our burgers and beer, and then came back to watch a rare Cubs come from behind finish. We gained on those Dodgers, and were full of hope as we headed to the game. I am limping thru trying to publish the blog since my laptop battery is dying. I have a new one on order, but I won’t have it until I get home. We had a great group of Giants fans around us in 113, but even with all the cheering we were unable to pull out the win. Buster had a good outing as predicted by the game notes, and Hunter had a better than expected outing. We came up one run short. Petit pitched a great game. We desperately need a win today. I am rushing out the door for a stadium tour, the blog is late, and Bert is planning a power nap. We did make it on TV. Bert will discuss the game.
Bert and Le Anne
Away game 76, with 5 to go, did not get off to a good series start. It was all over after Hudson’s disastrous 1st inning, allowing 4 hits, and a walk, which gave the Padres all they needed to coast all of the way, which they did. Despagne pitched a scoreless 7 innings with 94 pitches. The 3 relievers kept the game scoreless for the Giants, who could only get 3 hits and 1 walk, for a no spark offense. So there is not much to talk about. There were only 4 innings when more than 3 Giants came to the plate. Those innings had one 1 extra batter. So it was a 5-0 stinker, to open the series. Hudson settled down, but the Giants could not come up with the big hit- or any hit.
We will have to win the next two, to come off with the series, which is always our prime continuous objective.
Now for the ladies view- It was a busy day for the Steinbergs. San Diego is the Giants home away from home. We explored the Omni and Bert envisioned himself as the big leagurer he always wanted to be.
We met one of the pitchers wives, and she and her family were gracious enough to spend their lunch hour talking to us. We did confirm that our take on the celebrity status of being a major leagurer was not fun. Having to stay in a hotel room except when you are working, is life being in prison, albeit an upscale prison. You have to choose between not being hounded, and not leaving the room.
We met a bunch of Giants fans pre-game and were all hopeful for a Giants win.
We arrived early and hoped for an autograph, but there were so many Giants fans in the stadium I gave up. I did watch Bochy’s son warm up. Given the outcome of the game he would have been a better choice as a starter last night.
We watched the pregame tribute to the Native Americans pre-game.
The Padres mascot just doesn’t seem like a mascot you can play with. I grew up in the Catholic church, and having a care free time and a religious figure seems out-of-place at a ball game.
We were pleased
to see that the gamer “Angels” who sit behind us at AT&T were behind us a Petco. It made us feel at home.
Bert had a Friar frank for dinner, and had a bit of a belly ache afterward. I opted to wait for the cake we had back at the room. It was not a healthy eating day, but the diet begins after the 81 adventure.
We ended up with a loss, but began with a greeting by a young fan who recognized us from TV. Hope he brings us the luck we need to get a win.
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
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.
Bert and Le Anne
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
We got this pic from someone who saw me on TV while we were at the game.
And of course everything is better when you are in great seats including the food. 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.
This is Paws the Tigers mascot. He/she seemed friendly and kids liked him/her.
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 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.
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.
Bert and Le Anne