Kevin Standlee (kevin_standlee) wrote,
Kevin Standlee

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That's the Ball Game

Wonderful, exciting, but Candlestick Park-like cold and windy Giants game tonight with the big BASFA club outing to see the game. I got there what I thought was very early because they were giving way Willie Mays statues to the first 20,000 fans. With gates scheduled to open at 5:15, I was approaching the park about 4:15 and saw the monster queue stretching back from the northeast gate. I swung over to the Marina Gate, where I learned that there were no statues to be distributed there; it was the gate for people willing to skip the queues and get in quickly as long as they also skipped the premium. I joined the queue that was just around the corner, for the Lefty O'Doul gate, stretching the length of the Portwalk, but that still turned out to the be the best choice, as it was far shorter than the queue for the Willie Mays gate, and when the gates opened, the queue moved surprisingly smartly and I easily collected my collectable and had time to get food and get to to my seat before the pregame festivities honoring Willie Mays' 80th birthday.

The conditions were very windy and fairly cold, and the Giants were not exactly hot stuff, but they provided lots of excitement, coming from behind to tie the game late and then win it in the bottom of the ninth with a walk-off hit to send the sellout crowd home happy.

The BASFA group outing was fun, but because the game was a sellout we were unable to spread out, and I swear they've shrunk those seats. (That's my story and I'm sticking with it.) I ended up buying two hot chocolates, which I really shouldn't drink on account of all of the sugar, but I needed the heat to keep my fingers from falling off!

I've taken lots of photos, but I don't have time to do anything with them, as I have to be back up in just a few hours to drive first to Sutter where I'll meet up with Lisa, and then on to Carson City for our railfan/Reno holiday. When I get a chance, I'll post some of the photos.

Many thanks to dave_gallaher for having organized this expedition and commiserations for the work crisis that kept Dave away from the game until the end of the seventh inning. At least he did get to see the exciting bit at the end.
Tags: baseball, basfa, giants

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