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12 September 2006
We attended our last Giants game of the season on Sunday. It had been originally planned as an afternoon game, but they they decided to televise it as the Sunday night game of the week, so it actually started at 5 p.m.
As usual, we drove to Walnut Creek and rode BART across the bay, transferring to Muni for the short distance to the ball park. Really, there is no better, more civilized way to go to a baseball game! Public transportation makes it SO easy.
We actually got to the Walnut Creek BART station earlier than anticipated and consequently arrived at AT&T Stadium nearly an hour before the game started. This gave me the opportunity to wander around the stadium and make a video about what is available in terms of food. So many choices. So expensive!
We found a place that sold a combination plate of chicken tenders and garlic fries, so I ordered that. Three little tenders on a small bed of garlic fries, all for "only" $9.50. Walt's tiny pizza was $6.
We were the first to arrive at the seats, in the back rows of Section 317, where we had sat the last time we went. I absolutely love sitting in the back row. You're high enough to see out all over the Bay, it shields you from the sun, you have a great view of the field. I just love it.
Arriving so early gave me the time to sit and read my book, "Garlic and Sapphires," by New York Times food critic Ruth Reichl. My friend Char turned me on to Reichl's writings and I have literally "devoured" this book on being a restaurant critic. Blending recipes, reviews, and personal observations makes it a fascinating read...interesting from the standpoint of a reader, a writer, someone who loves food, and a critic myself.
They were honoring firefighters, police and other law enforcement personnel at this game, given that the next day was the 5 year anniversary of 9/11. The National Anthem was sung by a San Francisco police officer while out in McCovey Cove, a fireboat gave a salute...
...and the colors were presented by mounted officers.
And then, as the Giants took the field, they brought out the "little Giants," a Little League team, that got to go one-on-one with one of the players. It was so cute seeing those little guys with the grown up baseball players.
It's nice that there was a lot going on in the stadium, 'cause there was only depression on the field. The Padres trounced the Giants 10-2. Barry Bonds made one hit and one great fielding play, but mostly it was pretty sad as far as a game is concerned. By the time the Giants limped to the end of the 9th inning, there was almost nobody left in the stadium.
But nonetheless, it was fun to be there with the Lamplighter crew again. And it's always great to see fog and to feel cold, which I every definitely did.
Fall and winter is going to come sooner or later. I
should really think about getting some sort of a jacket!
PHOTO OF THE DAY
There was a tribute to those who lost their lives on 9/11 outside