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not a bad game, Giants v Dodgers 5-3

Filed under: — adrian @ 8:26 pm

Dug and I went to see the Giants at SBC Park today. I’d managed to get some basically field-level seats (section 104, row 24, if you want to look it up) off of craigslist for below face value.

It ended up being a pretty exciting game even though neither of us were really rooting for either team. Something like five home runs were hit, the last being No. 705 by Barry Bonds, his second of the season after being out recovering from knee surgery for most of the season. I’d seen Bonds play in his Pirates years and probably saw many home runs by him. Someone’s career home runs 134 and 162 are not noteworthy. One thing you don’t notice from the highlight reels of someone who’s always swinging for the fences like Bonds [note: he’s not always swinging for the fences—he hit a on-the-ground single earlier in the game] is what he looks like when he misses. He missed (or foul-tipped) two times in the at bat where he finally hit a home run and it looked like his arms were going to rip out he was swinging so hard. When he finally did connect solidly, the ball had no chance of staying in the park; a quick kayaker in China Basin is now the proud owner of the Bonds Home Run Ball No. 705.

(Wow, I just realized that I’ve seen 8 (Red Sox, A’s, Giants, Pirates, Blue Jays, Nationals, Phillies, Dodgers) teams play at four stadiums (Coliseum, Fenway, RFK, SBC) this year.)

In other sporting news, the Steelers won pretty handily (again) and I happened to notice another team lost today. It’ll be interesting when they face off next week.

3 Responses to “not a bad game, Giants v Dodgers 5-3”

  1. Sherv Says:

    I went on Friday with Quincy and two of his friends (an MIT-Wellesley married couple). It was a pretty lackluster game — certainly not worth the $60 (!) the tickets cost — but it was fun hanging out with Quincy, and the end of the game was pretty sweet. The winning run was nearly a homer, and the bat broke and spun through the air until it landed almost out of the infield!

  2. Tark Says:

    We’ll see what happens next week. But as has been the case, we all know that all that matters is January.

    Pittsburgh looks good, as always, and I think the Pats are still getting their act together. They’ll both be there in the end.

  3. Adrian Says:

    Yeah, you’re probably right, Tark. We’ll see.

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