Trust me when I say that the sun in Oakland was the only thing "sunny" about the start of Day III!
The adventure started at six a.m. with the flight from rainy Seattle. First, Sean did not provide the cab with the right address, so he couldn't find the house. Then the flight got delayed for over an hour while sitting on the tarmac. Neither Sean nor Seth knew this however, as both were asleep aboard the forty person plane.
Once we got underway, however, the sunny skies opened up as we passed through Oregon and then Northern California, touching down at SFO. A beautiful airport, large, open, and seemingly filled with very happy people! Of course people were happy, it was Sunny. Not a cloud in the sky!
We were met by Sean's Uncle Eric, who had graciously offered to pick us up from the airport and shuttle us around on our first day in the Bay Area. Where to? Well a tour of Oakland to start with.
Some notable quotes from our sojourn around Oakland
"Where are we?"
"They relocated the bad part of the Bronx here?"
"This is Bronx West"
"Where is M.C. Hammer?"
"Are we safe?"
"Are you sure we locked the doors?"
"Rachel won't even come into this part of town."
And those, my friends, were the ones that I can post.
We took a tour of the "other side of the tracks," Alameda while regaled with fantastic stories by Eric of "days of of old when the Knights were bold."
On to breakfast in famous Jack London Square and the Buttercup Diner and some amazing French Toast. Eric is quite the storyteller and before you knew it, we were on our way to the O.Colliseum for our next stadium, with he Athletics playing the Astros in a day game. After navigating through the parking lot, Backsportspage's Web Page Guru Chris Gilroy meets us with our tickets, and we are on our way into the stadium.
Major Sun + Heat + No Wind + Plastic Seats = VERY HOT! The gametime temperature at the OC was 74 degrees and none of us could believe it. We checked three phones, and yup, that was the temperature, however, we were sweating and getting a major burn all at the same time (Sean remembered the sunscreen). We probably won't see a more deplorable stadium anytime on our trip. I can why Lew Wolffe is demanding a new stadium and why Mark Davis wants one as well. It really looked like the Carrier Dome and the Nassau Coliseum meshed into one. Pictures will tell more of the tale, but this stadium was awful in every fashion. Why have 100 feet between the first base/third base bags and stands? 100 feet of foul territory??? No wonder pitchers love working here. In the actual game, Jeff Samardzija, the newest Athletic, was dealing a masterpiece, while Scott Feldman of the Astros was...umm...NOT. An Athletic romping by a score of 13-1 with Brandon Moss jacking a grand slam to put the game away late.
From the "interesting" area of Oakland to the friendly confines of Santa Clara where we will be staying, opening the door to the friendly face of Sean's aunt,Rachel Melendrez. After a quick dip in the pool (so refreshing) we are greeting by a homemade meal of chicken kabobs, corn and sangria for dinner! YUMMY! The boys were so tired, that Sean promptly fell asleep and on the couch and desert (we here it's homemade Chocolate Cheesecake, as Rachel is a pastry chef at Facebook!!!!) Will have to wait till tomorrow (note Sean found out it has been eaten)
On tap for tomorrow, Giants vs.. Dodgers at AT&T Park, a visit to the Bay Area from Seth's better half, Ms. Carly Fink and much much more. We are working on getting the pictures up for these days...so please bear with us, there are lots of sites to behold (and some you'd rather not see)
If you are in the Bay Area, please let us know as we'd love to meet up with you! Soon the Seth and Sean Stadium tour will be coming to Los Angles, Anaheim and San Diego, so if you'd like to tag along on the adventure, we'd love to have you!
From the horrors of Oakland to the beauty of San Francisco, the boys enjoyed the fourth day of their trip down the western coast of the United States to see all the baseball stadiums.
On an unseasonably sunny and warm day on the bay, our hosts Rachel and Eric took us on a tour of Sausalito. Parking the car in a garage (we’ll get to that later), the alcohol started flowing through their veins early, for all aboard the ferry ride for a beautiful trip across the bay. Passing by Alcatraz and the Bay Bridge, taking wonderful photographs on our way to a beautiful island. Sausalito, for those that are unaware, is an island that is right off the coast of San Fran, with beautiful homes and even better sailboats. Eric taught everyone about sailboats, everything from the stern to the bow and starboard to the port. Settling in for a brew and a burger at Napa Valley Brewing Company, we were joined by Ms. Fink and Ms. Fink, Carly and Dianne respectfully, everyone enjoyed a wonderful meal by the water. The alcohol continued to flow through the tour of Sausalito with Lemonade and Vodka (Sean and Rachel), Sangria for Diane and Pilsner for the Kamens’. With the game between Giants and the Dodgers on tap, the group made its way back to the mainland to AT&T Park. This is where the Seinfeld part of the day starts. Eric swore that he had parked the car at Emarcadero A4-637. Seth, Rachel, and Sean went with Eric to look for the car, going through Emarcadero building 1, 2, 3 and 4; however there was no car to be found. The credo, A4-637 became the rallying cry for our car. Eric took the head off one of the attendants, swearing that A4-637 was in one of these particular buildings! Little did Eric know, and later found out, that he had not parked in the Emarcadero building. After 45 minutes of going up and down, left and right, through many buildings, we located the car, and realized that the game started in just under an hour.
Making our way to the Stadium was interesting, being cut off by scalpers in the street, traffic all throughout the journey. Meeting up with the Fink’s outside the Willie Mays statute, Eric parked the car in what we thought was Oakland. Eric wish he had stayed in Oakland, as the game was a terrible night for Eric and his Giants, with the Dodgers taking the game 9-1.
While Eric and Rachel were commiserating and Diane and Carly didn’t care about the game, Sean and Seth were having a trivia discussion with a random lawyer from Philly and his son from L.A. Among the conversational topics were the three triples by Yasiel Puig, the four strikeout inning by Zach Greinke and Rachel/Eric getting upset when no one was paying attention when the Giants launched their “comeback” in the ninth. It’s quite hard for a team to have any chance of beating Greinke and the Dodgers when the starting lineup has 4 regulars all batting under .230! Needless to say Eric and Rachel were not pleased with the outcome!
While the game wasn’t enjoyable, the records set were. Did you know that there are less occurrences of four strikeout innings then there are perfect games in MLB History? Or how about the modern day record for triples for one player in a game was tied by Puig in the same game? We saw all that! The Fink’s were to take a taxi, so the group led them to the taxi stand. After 20 minutes of waiting, a black car comes to take them away. Little did they know that the $10 cab ride was going to cost them $25! D’oh! The car we found out was not in Oakland, as assumed, but right outside McCovey Cove. Talk about a beautiful scene at night (check the pictures!) What a fantastic day for all, even with the loss by the Giants (sorry Eric and Rachel). And remember....A4-637!