Happenings between Philly and NY

David, Bert, and Scott at the Giants 3rd street store

David, Bert, and Scott at the Giants 3rd street store

Just as we were catching a cab in Philly we met Scott Wickersham who is the manager of the Giants store. He was gracious enough to invite us to meet him at the store for a look at the latest in Giants apparel. We usually just stop at the store at the second street entrance, but the 3rd street store is a must if you want the trendy Giants fashion. Bert managed to find a new polo shirt, and I found a pink ladies tee I hadn’t see elsewhere and a hoody which I will get lots of use out of. You will probably see the new apparel soon. We need to find something new so the Giants get out of the current funk. I also had the pleasure of meeting Scott’s wife who was there before attending the game vs the Dodgers.

We also got a picture from Mandy who we meet outside the game near the Paragon. Her mom is a Giants fan and has followed our adventure on TV.

Le Anne, Mandy, and Bert in San Francisco

Le Anne, Mandy, and Bert in San Francisco

We got an email from our friend Bruce telling us his friend Lenette has a cousin in NY so we are meeting up with Jason at Citi Field on Sat and Monday. He is a graphic designer and designs fan art of the Giants for fun http://facebook.com/TheCityGraphics

Couldn’t Sweep In Philly Road game 50

Imagine the stories this bunch could tell

Imagine the stories this bunch could tell


Friday July 25th Road game 50
Ok. So 3 out of 4 after 2 out of 3 add up to a road trip of 3 games over .500. Keep that up and no plans need to be made for Oct. We will be busy with the playoffs and the World Series. In fact, Le Anne and I have already canceled a scheduled trip to Dublin for the 1st week of Fall. Taking a 3 game series lead comes next, with only 9 more games to play against the Dodgers. We are full of expectation and hope.

Game 50 (last Thurs) of the 81 away still left us at a 29-20(1 suspended) record for travel games this season, an enviable account. The last 2 Philly games were bot beautifully pitched by all 4 starters. A 3-1 Giant win matched the final game 2-1 loss for outstanding pitching performances. Eleven Giants K’s were the difference over the 5 Philly strikeouts. Only 3 hits and 1 walk were the total that both teams could muster in the last 4 innings. The relievers matched the starters in their outstanding performance. So, in SF, as our current travel stop the Dodgers, and then back east to NY for the Mets, the to Milwaukee, and KC.

Bert saw the babe when he was 7 in the bleachers of Yankees stadium

Bert saw the babe when he was 7 in the bleachers of Yankees stadium

Liberty Bell of Lego at Philadelphia airport

Liberty Bell of Lego at Philadelphia airport

Now for the ladies view. I missed Dylan and Amey at the game as much as I missed a Giants win to sweep the series. This road trip was a successful one, and I am already looking at gaining on the Dodgers. We got a text during the game from our” Daughter Outlaw”( don’t worry she chose the title) telling us Kruk and Kuip had us on TV in the 4th. They caught us eating lunch, and suggested we rate the food on our blog . Bert had the hot dog and chips and I had 1/2 a cheese steak and Chickie’s and Pete’s crab fries with cheese sauce at the time. Kruk and Kuip mentioned Hunter Pence’s favorite- kale.

Philly cheese steak

Philly cheese steak

Philly dog and chips

Philly dog and chips

In case they are still wondering we may eat kale at home, but not at the ball park. I was wrapped up in the game and trying to get back to my score book, so hurriedly eating the fries.

Chickie's and Pete's crab fries with white cheddar sauce

Chickie’s and Pete’s crab fries with white cheddar sauce

The game was a bit of a disappointment with Hudson being let down by sloppy play from his team mates. We hoped that we would steal another from Phillies reliever Papelbon, but it wasn’t meant to be. After the game we headed back to the hotel in rush hour traffic, grabbed our suitcases and headed to the airport in the hopes of making an earlier flight. Even though Bert has status with American, and they have absorbed US air, the US air personnel were not helpful so we waited 5 hours in the lounge and ended up arriving home a little past 2 am. I started working on hotels for New York this morning and have the 1st 3 days taken care of.
Until Tuesday when we head to NY,
Bert and Le Anne

Game 49 No runs, no hits, until the 9th in Philly

Jersey Giants fans welcome Bert to Philly

Jersey Giants fans welcome Bert to Philly


Thurs July 24th
Wednesday was a different day, and a different game- even if it lasted almost as long as Tuesdays 14 inning, 5 hour plus one. This time nature- thunder, lightning, and rain can be blamed. The game was halted for an hour, and then, very surprisingly, started up, and continued during the same rain, thunder, and lightning. It was truly surprising that the players did not object and walk off the field. But I could only think of 1.5-2 million in receipts forcing the game on, until those 4.5 or 5 innings were played which avoided rain checks. A more consumer ignored event I have never seen.

As for baseball itself, it was an 8 inning scoreless gem from Bumgarner and Burnett(who threw 131 pitches). Papelbon, still a trade possibility, blew the game for the 2nd straight night, allowing 3 runs in the 9th. Another Giant road win 3-1, for a possible 4 game sweep on the Phillies.

And now for the ladies take on the game. We began with dinner with Dylan and Amey at McFaddens, a sports bar attached to the stadium. It was loaded with TV’s and as Bert noted, cute waitresses. Bert had wings, Dylan the pulled pork, Amey a greek salad, and I cheese steak Nachos. I was disappointed with my nachos having read rave reviews about them. They were a lot of chips, moderate cheese sauce, and minimal meat. The onions were not cooked and didn’t add much. Amey’s salad was chopped iceberg, and she said she liked the feta and olives. Bert’s wings were meaty and would have been enough for both of us. Dylan didn’t comment on his meal, but finished it.

Boneless wings from McFaddens

Boneless wings from McFaddens

Cheesesteak nachos

Cheesesteak nachos

Carolina Pulled Pork

Carolina Pulled Pork

Greek Salad

Greek Salad


It was warm and muggy so we enjoyed the air conditioning until close to game time. Dylan’s law firm was generous enough to give us tickets again. We had Jersey Giants fans behind us. They had never been to AT&T and volunteered to come back with us so they could see the stadium. It was a good pitching duel, but suddenly the air began to cool and I knew it would it was going to rain. Dylan has a good sense of humor and was good-natured about me joking about a rain delay, and extra innings. Since the previous game had gone past midnight I am sure he and Amey were exhausted. You would have never guessed it.
The rain began, and out came the tarp.
Untarping the field

Untarping the field

We have now had enough rain delays that I could participate in tarping and untarping. They used a different system in Philly to untarp and wrapped it around a big section of pipe. This seemed awkward vs simply folding it, but I am sure there is a reason for it. We went up toward the concourse and found a seat for Bert and after he spent 2 minutes chatting with the people, they moved over so we could all sit together. I learned Amey has a Chicago Cubs tradition in her family, as I do in mine. It was pleasant to get to spend some time visiting. After the rain delay Dylan took over scoring for Bert. He stepped in because the lighting was poor in the upper row close to the concourse. Like many of the Sternbergs, he learned his scoring from Bert. The thunder and lightning continued, but the bats remained quiet until the 9th. Hunter Pence tripled and the rest was history.
Until,
Bert and Le Anne

Welcome to the City of Brotherly Love Game 48

Hangley, Aronchick, Segal,  Pudlin, & Schiller gave the Steinberg''s a warm welcome and tickets to the game.

Hangley, Aronchick, Segal, Pudlin, & Schiller gave the Steinbergs a warm welcome and tickets to the game.

Wed July 23
12:54 am! What a time for the last out of a baseball game, which started at 7:07 the night before. That is a 5:47 time of game statistic. Not so bad if you are reading a box score, but a little unusual when you visiting a city as part of an adventure to attend the “away” games of your favorite team when you are a fan. The hardy stuck it out last night and are still recovering this am. Of course the 9-6 win, after a 4 run 14th inning, makes the recovering happier for us, but not for Dylan and Amey who Phillies fans and had to work today.

Quite a night. With all the relievers used up, Timmy had to get the job done and got the save- although he was a bit shaky at the start.

Many of the 30,000 remained for 14, but they were mostly Giants followers, who were pleasantly rewarded. Posey’s tying 9th inning homer was the cause of the lost sleep for his many fans, this one included.

So with a split guaranteed, and a series win likely, the visiting group is in high spirits.

And now for the ladies view. Welcome to the city of Brotherly Love, and we loved sharing the game with Dylan and Amey. We took the blue line to Bert’s grandsons office and I don’t think anything on the trip could have made Bert prouder than seeing his grandson Dylan doing well. Dylan works at Hangley, Aronchick, Segal, Pudlin, & Schiller, and we were treated to a wonderful reception there. We had a lively discussion about baseball and got to hear as many great baseball stories as we got to tell. We got to see a shrine to the Red Sox including seeing several photos of Ted Williams. Dylan’s wife Amey joined us at the office and we took a cab to the ball park. We got settled into the seats in section 132 and were surrounded by a mix of Giants and Phillies fans. Amey and I went off to get some drinks and we got to try a Cherry and Lemon water ice.

Amey, Dylan, and Bert at Citizen's Bank Field

Amey, Dylan, and Bert at Citizen’s Bank Field

Bert plays food model and hold the Water Ice, a Philly treat on a hot night.

Bert plays food model and hold the Water Ice, a Philly treat on a hot night.


We were treated to a performance by one of the Harlem Globetrotters who teamed up with the Phillies mascot Phanatic.
Harlem Globetrotter and Phanatic clowning

Harlem Globetrotter and Phanatic clowning


Amey and Dylan treated us to the fried chicken and donuts for dinner. At the stand in section 140, Federal donuts offers fried chicken with chile-garlic glaze, dusted in ranch powder or just “naked” crispy. Amey and Dylan opted for the chile-garlic and Bert and I had naked which had a great honey flavor and of course we had the donut for dessert.
Dylan and Amey enjoying the fried chicken

Dylan and Amey enjoying the fried chicken

If I had scripted the game it couldn’t have been more exciting. I called “Over the fence Pence” and as if on cue Hunter hit a beautiful home run. Dylan and Amey are as diehard supporters of the Phillies as we are of the Giants so seeing this game together is something we will be talking about for ages. Bert needed a break about the 11th and he opted to sit at the top of the section. He met a Giants fan who knew our story and told Bert he was an inspiration. Bert has grown at least 10 years younger on this trip, I think in part because of the kind words from Giants fans along the way.

Bert and a fellow Giants fan discuss the 81 trip.

Bert and a fellow Giants fan discuss the 81 trip.


It is sad that one team had to lose because both teams fought valiantly. I predicted the Giants would win it in the 13th and after watching Affeldt and Kontos give it their all I was hopeful, but it took the 14th before we could find a chink in Manships armour. We are exhausted but unlike Dylan and Amey we didn’t have to be at work today.

I won’t make a big deal of Mike Krukow’s illness because he wouldn’t want us to,but prayers are with you. We learned about IBM last night from a fan and from our friend Bruce.

Tonight we see Mad Bum and hope for another win.

Until,
Bert and Le Anne

Game 47 Was a big hit in Philly

Le Anne and Bert in front of statue on the Way to Citizens Bank Park

Le Anne and Bert in front of statue on the Way to Citizens Bank Park

Tuesday July 22
What a game last night. An inverted “great pitchers” battle. Vogelsong faced Lee, who was returning to action. an action there was indeed. 82 pitches for Vogie with no one out in the 4th. 90 pitches for Lee when he was relieved in the 6th. The Giants lead 6-4 after 6 which held up for the 7-4 final score, but it took more than 2 hours to play the 1st 5 innings and a near record night with a total of 29 hits, equally divided 15-14. As were 14 K’s. All those hits, but only a single homer, by the just recalled Duvall in his 1st game back.

A good long one to watch, which was never boring. It only seemed like one of our usual quiet run of scoreless innings, only after the relievers came in. With hardly half of the game played, before the bullpen took over. 12 pitchers were used- 7 for the Giants, 5 for the home team.

It really seemed more like a minor league try out.

And now for the ladies view- We began the trip to the park at Penn’s View hotel and walked to the train. It was less than 2 blocks to the 2nd street station and because of his age they allowed Bert in for free. We had a jovial discussion with a platform superintendent who had the sheriff close at hand in case Bert misbehaved. He told Bert he would have the kleenex waiting when we returned because the Giants were going to lose because Cliff Lee was pitching. We took the blue line to the orange line and then had about a 3 block walk to the stadium. We were able to enter 1.5 hours before game time and went to the Majestic store to get the passport stamped.

Passport stamp at Citizens Bank Park

Passport stamp at Citizens Bank Park

I then met up on the rail hoping to get an autograph, but the Giants were once again stingy, and I struck out. I met a Phillies family there with their daughter Taylor who was a big Giants fan. She was especially fond of the Panda, and despite her age she too struck out when it came to an autograph. There was a man on the other side in for a wedding. He had scored 4 autographs in Pittsburgh, but had no luck here. I then met Bert back at the seats and he was busy chatting with several Giants fans.

Laura, Cody, and Lexi with Bert

Laura, Cody, and Lexi with Bert

We then met our usher who shared info on Phillies food and her cheat sheets of happenings around the park. We got to try the Turkey Hill ice cream she suggested, but they didn’t have the Grand Slam flavor. We will try more of her suggestions the next couple of games.

Phillies usher providing insider tips.

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We had hot dogs with sauerkraut and mustard. Bert's standard ball park fare.

We had hot dogs with sauerkraut and mustard. Bert’s standard ball park fare.

It was Italian heritage night at the park, and they carried the theme from the That’s Amore for the kiss cam song, to the band, and dancers.

Celebrating Italian Heritage night

Celebrating Italian Heritage night

Morristown Verdi band

Morristown Verdi band

Naturally being short we both hope nobody tall or wide sits in front of us, but last night Bert had a big man in front of him. He reminded me of my Uncle Bud who was 6’7 and 350 pounds on a good day.

Big Phillies fan

Big Phillies fan

Next to us was a couple who had moved from California to Philadelphia and her name was Leann. I won’t say much about the game other than it was a lot of hits and a lot of sloppy play, but we managed a win.

Bert with Leann and her husband

Bert with Leann and her husband

On the way home we met some Gideon’s and they prayed for our safe travel. They naturally had a bible for us, and discussion including how the constitution and the traditional Jewish wedding are similar. I also met a Giants fan who had followed them since they were in NY.

Game 46 you can’t win um all

Bert, Ethan, Dylan who is stationed in Florida and his wife Misha. Stay Safe Dylan

Bert, Ethan, Dylan who is stationed in Florida and his wife Misha. Stay Safe Dylan

Monday July 21

So we can’t take advantage of the opposition, even when they want us to- or so it seems. Miami was on a losing streak, but our Timmy must have felt sorry for them. He’s been there once or twice. He handed them a win, they seemed not to want.

In the 7th-after holding the Marlins to 4 hits, Timmy gave up a lead off double to Hecchavaria who scored the leading run from 3rd, when Timmy completed the gift with a WP, letting him score.

A great pitched game- 7K’s, gone for nought. With 5 months to go until Christmas, what better gift could the Marlins receive.

Tonight we will take on the struggling Phillys and a tie of the 4 games wouldn’t be satisfying!

And now for the ladies take-I expected a sweep and was annoyed that Bochy didn’t take Timmy out when I thought he should. Maybe Timmy was afraid to let the bullpen take over? Or maybe I believe the Giants can win every outing which might be a tad optimistic.

Hunter Pence and Scutaro get on base so Buster could bring them home.

Hunter Pence and Scutaro get on base so Buster could bring them home.

We were in section 219 and sat in the 1st row since nobody was in front of us and our row was full. I went and walked the entire stadium so I would have a good overview. I appreciated the line ups being posted prior to the game. The stadium was built on the site of the Orange Bowl and they had the history posted.

Lineups are posted on the poles of the promenade level

Lineups are posted on the poles of the promenade level


Reminder of the previous history of the stadium site

Reminder of the previous history of the stadium site

This view of Miami was from club level

This view of Miami was from club level


There were plenty of food vendors on the promonade level and it was tough to choose, but Stephen the Marlins fan said the pastrami was good and he knew his stadium. I snagged a pastrami sandwich from the Kosher deli and we had a juice smoothie and a coke to finish it off.

I once again enjoyed the high energy dance team and they moved all over the stadium, and entertained with dance moves, cheers, and flips.

Miami dance team has sporty costuming and current dance routines.

Miami dance team has sporty costuming and current dance routines.

After the hopes of a sweep were dashed we headed to the taxi line, where we commiserated with fellow Giants fans.

Bert with Rockey and Janice from CA

Bert with Rockey and Janice from CA

We headed to the airport on the shuttle van from the Springhill suites and had a nice conversation about love and life with the driver. She shared her love at 1st sight story with us. Her hubby of 5 years didn’t even speak english when they met, but his values let her know what words couldn’t express and she agreed to marry after a very short courtship. We hung out in the Admirals lounge at the airport and had a muffeletta sandwich and oatmeal raisin cookies for dinner, then headed off to board the plane.

Bert had asked if the plane was small since he had 16D and I had 16F. He wanted to make sure we had seats together. The hostess in the lounge said there is no 16E. When we boarded there were 3 seats on either side, so we didn’t understand how there could be no E until we arrived at our seat.

Our row had a table between D and F

Our row had a table between D and F

Bert asked the flight attendant why we had a table and she explained if the put the spacers in 4 seats they could use one less flight attendant on the flight. Who would have guessed that?

We arrived at out hotel, Penn’s View in the wee hours of the morning. It is a beautiful room in the old part of the city, complete with a fire-place, antiques, and a jacuzzi tub. To bad we are too tired to enjoy it today.

How we both feel at breakfast after taking the Red eye

How we both feel at breakfast after taking the Red eye

The Phillies have their ace pitcher returning, but a Giants win tonight would put smiles on both our faces.

Until,
Bert and Le Anne

Game 45 Romo made it scary

Forrest, Bert, and Sam who was here with her husband

Forrest, Bert, and Sam who was here with her husband


Sun 7/20

What began as a possible bad day at the ballpark, with 3 Marlin singles opening the 1st inning for a 1 run lead, soon became another possible laugher by the 4th inning, when our guys took a 5 run lead. But it was no to be.

As usual, the middle innings remained unproductive. A threat in our 8th, did not materialize. Affeldt did his job as set up man in the bottom of the 8th, and turned over a 5 run lead to who else but Romo. Romo is not used to being asked to save a 4 run lead. 1st pitch, a lead off homer by Stanton, and the lead was cut to 5-2. Two outs followed, but of course we couldn’t relax. A double followed by a single cut it to 5-3. With the tying run at the plate, nails got shorter, until Pence ran down a right field blast to close it out, and send us home victorious.

We began the adventure at the ballpark with a stop at the New Era store to get the passport stamped. The clerk at the front of the store was helpful and personally stamped the passport for us. He directed us to a new restaurant which just opened so we could have a cold drink while waiting for the stadium to open. We met a father and son who were Angels fans in to watch a game. We shared our story over a cold drink.

The greeter at the front door was able to get the MLB passport stamped.

The greeter at the front door was able to get the MLB passport stamped.

I wanted to walk the stadium, but also wanted to get an autograph. What a tough choice. We passed by the bobble head display on our way to the seats. Bert compared their Giants bobble head collection to his; they won.

Marlins display of bobble heads from all teams.

Marlins display of bobble heads from all teams.


I opted to try for the autograph with no success. Our seats were great section 10 seats 23,34. We had a good view of the plate.
a 13-year-old opened with the singing of the star-spangled banner and was impressive.

a 13-year-old opened with the singing of the star-spangled banner and was impressive.

Billy was by the dugout all night and posed for lots of photos

Billy the Marlins mascot

Billy the Marlins mascot

We gave the pepperoni pizza from Sir Pizza a try, and it was average and at $11 was small. We also tried the chocolate chip cookies. They made Bert’s hands a mess, so if you make this choice grab plenty of napkins.

View of the plate from our seats

View of the plate from our seats

We took the 1st to games, but Romos 1st pitch resulted in a homer. You can see with his lack of confidence comes a lack of joy, and I hope he gets his mojo back soon. Tim Hudson had another good start
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Giants pow wow at the mound.

Giants pow wow at the mound.

Well Timmy “the Freak” is on the mound today and I feel a sweep.

Until,
Bert and Le Anne

No Rain out vs the Marlins Game 44

Marlins fan Stephen Paskind and grandson Nick swap baseball stories with Bert

Marlins fan Stephen Paskind and grandson Nick swap baseball stories with Bert

Sat July 19th
Even if Madison didn’t need the 4 or 5 days off to keep his form, the rest of our guys seemed to benefit from the break, to come back with the 1st laugher in a long time. I kind of feel guilty not to have to worry, or be on edge for a change, while watching a game. It will be fun to be able to continue our “away” fine record. We will see today- and it will be very good to watch, in an enclosed stadium, saving us from the 93 degree humid weather outside. Wouldn’t a sweep be great as we head tomorrow to Philadelphia on the red-eye. We will be joined there by grandson Dylan and his wife Amey at the ballpark. Le Anne will bring you up to date on the last few days.

Now for the ladies view
I am not sure where to begin. We missed a post from the last Oakland game. We missed breakfast this morning. Oh, and we missed the downpour last night at the game. I guess I should start with the Oakland game. It was a dreadful loss and I am trying to wipe it from memory, but there is one story I believe worth sharing. We were crossing the overpass from O Co and a man came running after Bert yelling Pops, carrying a Giants cap. We naturally were in no mood to look at new hats after the loss, but the man carrying it shouts “I saw you on TV and I want you to have this” An A’s vendor was kind enough to give Bert a brand new cap and just wanted to let Bert know that he admired a man of 93 who was pursuing his baseball dream. He saw Bert on TV and recognized he needed a new cap.

We took the red-eye to Ft Lauderdale, and this season every flight we are on seems to be late coming in or out of SF. This flight was no exception. I was unable to get a good internet connection, and then learned there is a virus being spread thru Windows. Last night I couldn’t get my phone to work, and if there are no pictures that is why. We were on a Jet Blue flight and the crew was pleasant, they provide us with a snooze kit, good drinks and snack, and TV. The leg room was better than most flights, and it was nice not to have the seat in front of me literally in my face. We did hit a bunch of turbulence, but I managed to get 3 hours of sleep and Bert is such a good sleeper he didn’t even know about it. We got to the airport and I had reserved a shuttle called Express Shuttle. I was told to call a cell when we landed and when we picked up our luggage. The voicemail was full and we had to resort to plan B. We took a taxi and it was almost $70.

We arrived to the hotel just before 9:30am and they were accommodating. They gave us a nice room, held our luggage and sent us for breakfast. We are staying at the Springhill suites on 10th. It isn’t fancy, but huge room, and everything was clean and modern. The staff getting us a room early and then making breakfast available was also a plus. I would stay here again. We were told to take the free trolley to the stadium. We were not told that we have to change trolleys, but the 1st driver dropped us at the stop for the stadium trolley and it was a free ride on a clean trolley with friendly people. The second trolley the driver didn’t speak english but passengers told us where to get off. It took about an hour to go the 1.3 miles from the hotel to the stadium, but we got a good view of the medical centers and Little Havana.

Bert outside Marlins stadium

Bert outside Marlins stadium

Colorful artwork outside Miami Marlins Park

Colorful artwork outside Miami Marlins Park


We arrived at the stadium. Miami Marlins Park is a new, fun stadium. It is clearly Florida with bright colors and pink flamingos, and a fun place to watch a game. We got dinner before going to seats, because the vendors on the main floor are good, but the club level concessions are lacking. We had Cuban sandwiches and plantain chips. One sandwich would have been enough for the two of us. It had pork, and I think ham, with pickles, cheese, and mustard, and was served hot. We had a water to go with it. We walked by the oyster bar. Food at the stadium seemed good and fresh, and for stadium food reasonably priced.
The Cuban sandwich stand serves a good traditional sandwich for $12 which will feed two.

The Cuban sandwich stand serves a good traditional sandwich for $12 which will feed two.


A young Giants fan sitting near us even managed to run down a ball hit into the stands

A young Giants fan sitting near us even managed to run down a ball hit into the stands

We sat in section 220 row 2 seat 24,25. The seats were in the club level. The first thing I noticed is how empty the stadium was. There were as many Giants fans as Marlins fans. In the row in front of us were Marlins season ticket holders. Stephen and Nick were both knowledgeable fans. Nick had an autographed Barry Bonds bat hanging in his room. Stephen had almost as many baseball stories as Bert, and was generous enough to treat two Giants fans to a drink despite the discouraging play of his Marlins. The club section had comfortable padded seats, and a good view of the field. What it was lacking is Marlins fans. The stadium was covered and as a joke they post zero rainouts since 2012. Showers are frequent in Miami. Last night was no exception. It poured and has lightning for much of the game. The large windows provided a good view of the downpour and the retractable roof kept us cool and dry. I think the ownership is trying hard to provide a great experience for the fans. The new stadium had fun features like a colorful flamingo and dolphin display which moved when a player hit a ball into it. They close the upper deck because sales are so pathetic. Attendence last night was 23,017. They have also shut down many of the vendors on the club level as a result of low numbers. They have fish tanks behind the plate with bullet proof glass, and many unique features. The fact that they are Miami Marlins Park means they are not getting enough community support to have a corporate sponsor. I asked fans why the Marlins don’t get enough support while waiting for a taxi after the game and was told management trades away all the young, quality talent. It is a problem. If fans don’t attend then management doesn’t have the money to pay for the talent. I say support your team Miami. You have a 1st class stadium, so step up, and you will get the 1st class team to match it, and you can keep the young talent. They even have a quality dance team. I wouldn’t mind having some of the hot Marlins bats on the Giants. We hope all is well with Dave Righetti. It’s almost time to head back to the ball park.

This Marlins dance team performed on the field and on top of the dugout out with great dance and gymnastic moves

This Marlins dance team performed on the field and on top of the dugout out with great dance and gymnastic moves


Until,
Bert and Le Anne

Game 42 Not our A game vs the A’s

Frankie and Reece enthusiastic A's fans with Le Anne and Bert

Frankie and Reece enthusiastic A’s fans with Le Anne and Bert

Tuesday 7/8
Back to the salt mines. We were quite puzzled last night while watching a sell-out crowd at the Coliseum roaring their baseball leading A’s to another shut out of our poor Giants. We were all together to take the series in San Diego over the holiday weekend.
Although Le Anne and I left Petco Park at 4:40 p.m. Sunday, we never got home (we were driving) until 4:40 a.m.m Monday morning. Part of the reason was the holiday traffic but more so an accident on I5 near Fresno which had an 18 wheeler knocking over a light pole and delaying traffic for a full 3 hours.
The reason we were puzzled was that we could not recall seeing our favorite baseball club also stuck in the traffic disaster. We were sure they would have flown home, or had their bus (or busses) find a way out of the mess. But at the O Co Coliseum last night it sure did look like they had the same problem we did. What else could account for their sleepy-headed, no action game we were watching. And Crawford’s 2 errors in the same inning.
Out only hope this morning is to that they got a good night’s sleep anyway last night and will recover before getting away from the DH based games and move across the Bay for two more–which we must take — in SF Wednesday and Thursday.

And now for the ladies take. I give this performance an A for awful. 2 controversial calls and 2 uncharacteristic errors by my favorite short stop Brandon Crawford left us with a 5-0 loss. I have nothing more to add. The O.Co coliseum is O for old. Watching the game in an old football stadium is just not the same as watching it in one of the modern stadiums. The game was a sellout which is unusual, and the fans reminded me of a football crowd. They boo’d and cheered on the team with enthusiasm. This crowd deserves a better place to watch a game. The scoreboard is so old they can’t put player names on the lineup. We went to our seats in 215 row 7 and had a good view of the plate.

These seats are in the club section row 215 and had a good view of the plate

These seats are in the club section row 215 and had a good view of the plate

Another view from section 215. You can see the old fashion scoreboard.

Another view from section 215. You can see the old fashion scoreboard.

I went down to get our passport stamped and guest services used a green stamp which I liked. They recommended the 2 foot corn dog as something unique to eat at the stadium. I opted instead for pizza. The A’s fan behind me tipped me to the specialty pizza stand which has 3 choices margherita, pepperoni, and a daily special and the sell micro brew. I opted for the Green Flash road warrior imperial rye india pale ale. I loved it. If you like something with a full-bodied flavor this is it. Bert likes something milder, even if he is a road warrior. For pizza I had to try the special and Bert had pepperoni. We both gave the pizza a thumbs up.

The pulled pork pizza with potatoes and gravy was the special.

The pulled pork pizza with potatoes and gravy was the special.


Seek this hidden gem out. It is behind 215 in club level. Bert enjoyed his pepperoni pizza

Seek this hidden gem out. It is behind 215 in club level. Bert enjoyed his pepperoni pizza

We received the picture of Joey Wilson from his girlfriend Chanary. It was a reminder of the great game on July 5th. We needed something to take our mind off this loss.

Le Anne, Bert, and Joey celebrate a Giants victory in San Diego

Le Anne, Bert, and Joey celebrate a Giants victory in San Diego

Well as a wise man with many years of watching baseball told me tomorrow is a new day and either team could win. Let’s hope today brings a win for Mad Bum.

Bert and Le Anne

A monster win game 41 at Petco Park

Bert with Stacey Hallam, a Padres account specialist, who was able to play problem solver

Bert with Stacey Hallam, a Padres account specialist, who was able to play problem solver

Monday July 7

Well! We did it again. Back to the good ole days of a month ago and the , we hope, of the Giants winning ways–especially on the road. It was a great day, a great feeling, to take two straight from the Padres and Timmy continuing his mastery of the not-so-bad San Diego team. I will leave the telling of the disastrous 12 hours following the game (our return drive home) to Le Anne . She did a masterful job of staying behind the slow-moving wheel of the Prius from 4:40 p.m. Sunday to 4:30 a.m. Monday to get us home to the condo.

I know she will cover that — and, I am sure, also the 4 1/2 minute story that KPIX (Channel 5) ran on its Game Day program last night at 11:30 p.m.
I’ll try to stick to the baseball part of these reports. Yesterday’s game made it possible for me to prove to Le Anne (even if we did not agree) of the machinations of our professionals running our favorite sport.

Le Anne has never hesitated to concentrate and remark upon the various disagreements she has had with our manager, including this last one –putting a batter like her favorite Giant, Hunter Pence, into the lead off spot. I must let you in on a family secret despite Le Anne’s veto power . Last week, after Larry Baer had invited us to join him in his owner’s box at A T & T,and when this lead off change was announced, I had suggested she call Larry (now that we had met him, etc.) and offer to save Larry what must be a rather extensive salary being paid to Bochy. Obviously, she could tell him, of the terrible mistake being made in moving Pence up. Also all the others that he has made which have induced our slump.

Fortunately, our travels have prevented her from doing so as yet — Yesterday when he hit 3 for 4, including scoring from first on Panik’s double, and being responsible (with Panik’s help) for 3 of the 5 Giants runs — he showed what he could do in the opening spot. Despite Le Anne’s unmatched ability to convince anyone of her deep beliefs, he might not have listened. Any way, who knows, by the time we meet Larry at the Miami series soon, she may have some right to her position. (How’s that for family and marital harmony?)

And now for the ladies view-point. I am writing the blog in a fog…a mental fog from being worn out. We were supposed to be in section 310, but it was hot, and Bert is supposed to avoid the sun due to his past melanoma, and I tried the seat upgrade on the MLB ballpark ap. I don’t know why but couldn’t get the seat upgrade to go thru. We were sent by Padres personnel to Membership services, and although it was not their job, Stacey Hallam helped solve the problem and we moved to section 112 row 40. Kudos to the Padres for helping us. We settled in the seats and decided to go for hotdogs and a big drink pregame. We opted for the Kosher dogs which were grilled, and for hotdogs good. Bert likes a hot dog, and considers it and integral part of baseball.

Bert chows down on a kosher dog.

Bert chows down on a kosher dog.


The game was great and Pence did an awesome job in the lead off, so their goes my opportunity as Bochy’s replacement. I texted updates to friends and family in Seattle, and they were on the edge of their seats until the final out. I was thrilled that the Padres were able to find seats out of the sun, however I would recommend against seats in the higher rows in 112 because you have fans up and down the aisle the entire game, and can’t see the entire board. If you are their for a social experience rather than a diehard fan who scores each pitch these seats are great.

After the game we headed across the street to the garage and hit the road around 4:30pm. We figured we could make it thru LA and then decide if we should stop and find a room, or head for home. With as much time as we spend on the road, I had made up my mind I wanted to go home if I was safe. LA driving is always frustrating and to drive it at the end of a holiday weekend is no fun. I was mentally prepared to be a road warrior, and we survived that part of the trip. We needed gas and dinner, so spotted an in and out burger drive thru. My daughter has recommended them, and Bert and I decided to give it a try. We got gas and head to the in and out only to see a long line, so headed next door to Carl’s Jr. We had burgers and a salted caramel shake which was surprisingly good. Happy and ready to face traffic again we got back on the road. We were zipping along at about 75 mph and I was expecting we would still be home by 12:30 or 1 am. About 15 minutes later we hit traffic and it was stop and go for 3 hours. I think I averaged 9 mph. I was ready to pound my fists in frustration. I tried sports Radio to relive the Giants victory, but all I could get was world cup, I tried talk radio and all they were talking about was marijuana, I then tried country music and had the top 40 countdown which distracted me for a bit. Both cell phones were at critical charge levels so I couldn’t escape the traffic jam because I had no way to navigate. Bert tried playing a CD of love songs, which was sweet, but he will tell you when I am in stop and go traffic jams I am challenged to think about love. Well I finally told Bert than I would drive until 4:20 am and then I was concerned about safety, so he would need to take over. Lucky for him, we arrived at the garage at home with about 4 minutes to spare. We unloaded and flopped into bed. We knew KPIX was doing a show on us and were excited to see it, but sleep took priority. We got up and dashed to the TV to see the show. We had gotten texts with Kudos on the piece, so it was the first priority this am.

We got to know the film crew Tony and Brian and think they did a great job of telling our story.

I got an email from James today and he shared a photo from Petco. It is a joy sharing the journey with fellow fanatics.

James, Le Anne, and Bert

James, Le Anne, and Bert

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