Saturday, June 9, 2012

Day 5: Rangers at Giants

After a tasty burger for breakfast, we got some great seats in the shade for this abnormally hot (low 70s) San Francisco day. Stadium is full.

Outside the ball park before the game, about 200 naked men and women bicycled by twice. Texas fans somewhat surprised, Giant fans cheered wildly. Sort of a cultural clash here. Jeannie says, "Ya think."

7th inning stretch. Giants 3 -- Rangers 0. Rangers playing like 1962 NY Mets.

A Ranger highlight in the top of the 8th. Mitch Moreland (heading to home plate) crushes a homerun Barry Bonds style over the right field wall into the San Francisco Bay, McCovey's Cove.

The Giants are changing pitchers and the stadium is showing the Belmont Stakes live on the center field big screen. Fans cheer wildly (they are already in a good mood) as Union Rags overtakes Paynter in the last hundred yards for the win. Players watch too. The new pitcher finishes his warm ups before the race ends, so he delays by walking toward 2nd base until the race is over. Vertical black lines on the picture are a result of a camera (at least an IPAD camera) not being able to take a clear shot of a video.

This Giant fan, Carol, sat next to Jeannie. Her son, Larry Krueger, is a morning 680 KNBR Sports Talk host, a famous SF personality.

Giants celebrate with a big win.

Tony Bennett sings you know what as fans exit.

 

Giants win 5-2 as Rangers have 5 hits and 3 errors, but the two teams will be here Sunday to play one more game, and we will too.

After each game thousands of gulls descend onto the outfield bleachers to dine on the treats left by the fans. The birds start circling about the 8th inning. Bodega Bay is not far from here.

Dinner tonight was at 54 Mint with Janaki Ramanathan and her husband Johan. Janaki was a terrific student of mine, and I had not seen her is 20 years.


Janaki is a radiologist and is going to have her first baby in September. Exciting times for her and Johan.

It was a wonderful, wonderful evening.

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