They Left Their Hearts in San Francisco

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It appears that the Giants left their hearts in San Francisco.  The Dodgers won the series, winning Saturday and Sunday against Brad Penny and Tim Lincecum.

Saturday and Sunday were hot days and unfortunately for me, they were both day games.

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The sun seemed to be relentless.  I had decided to sit in the baseline section so there was no reprieve from the sun.

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Except for the fact that I could go into the Baseline Club and get some food.  I had salad:  the pasta salad, the delicious broccoli salad and of course the Caesar sald.
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They served brunch that day, I suppose because it was a day game:  They served a delicious ham, hash browns, chive scrambled eggs and an apple cobbler that was deadly.
I kept getting ice cream but it melted before I got to my seat.
 
The Saturday game was interesting because Brad Penny was back in Dodger Stadium for the first time since he was a Dodger.  The crowd gave him no love.
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Brad didn’t last 3 innings.  The crowd loved it since Brad has voiced that he is a Dodger hater. 
The final score was:
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It was definitely satisfying for all of us Dodger fans.
Before the game there were many Dodgers on the field warming up.
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Charlie Haeger our knuckleballer and Kuo were deep in conversation
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Kuroda san was out running
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He looked fantastic
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I told Kuroda san something in Japanese that means “Hang in there.” in oldtime Japanese.  I remember my beloved Mom had told me that phrase often.  Kuroda san appreciated my stumbling Japanese by laughing heartily.
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Here is another photo of Charlie
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He signed some autographs and decided to put his glove in a handy spot, his head.
Here are a few autographs I got that afternoon:
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Charlie Haeger
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Hiroki Kuroda
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James Loney
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Matty Kemp
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James McDonald.  This ball was a batting practice ball that almost hit me.  That smudge you see by the autograph is Dodger dirt.
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I saw Tim Lincecum during batting practice the day before he pitched.  I was surprised at how little and young he looked.
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He looks like a little boy.
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Everyone kept calling his name but he never turned to look.
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It was funny to see Guillermo Mota and Broxton doing girly situps together
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One of my favorite ushers Oliver tried to keep from getting burned with a cap and sunglasses
I actually sat both days in the Baseline Section in the sun.  Most of the people who had tickets to that section sat in the air conditioned club watching the game on television.  Actually on Saturday many were watching USC football.  I don’t understand that.  I was having fun watching Brad Penny get beat.
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Here is Sergio the batboy who sat right in front of me.  No, you can’t have a foul ball, they are all mine, Lady!
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Here is Jon Garland warming up before the Saturday game.
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He has done well with the Dodgers.
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Barry Zito was out in the field on Sunday during batting practice.  I stood in front of my season seat.  Someone behind me started to heckle him with comments like “You are overpaid.”   I decided to move since I don’t like heckiling and didn’t want hiim to think I knew this guy.
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He signed my ticket for me. 
On Sunday, the food was still brunch.
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The salads were really good, very refreshing on a hot day..
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There were scrambled eggs, hash browns, buttermilk fried turkey and hambuger sliders.
The food was really outstanding.
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The peach cobbler was so good that I had seconds and maybe thirds, I’m not telling.
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Matt was working out again near the bullpen and stopped to talk to Ramon Troncoso
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Kuo also was working out.  Notice the Giants in the background.
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Randy Wolf was our SP against Tim Lincecum.  The Dodgers had not won a game against the Giants when Tim is pitching.
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Wolfy has been consistent
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Wolfy deserves to be one of the first starters in the playoffs. 
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We Dodger fans feel confident when Wolfy is the SP.
Our bullpen has been stellar as well.
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Tim just wasn’t sharp against the Dodgers.  I won’t make excuses for him since I don’t make excuses for my Dodgers either.  His back had been bothering him enough that he missed one start.  He arches his back to pitch which might be the problem.
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Randy had a great game only allowing homeruns to one Giant Torres which accounted for their two runs.  He stayed for six innings, Kuo, Sherrill and Broxton finished the game with the final score being 5-2.  The tide turned with yet another 2 run homerun by Andre the Giant killer.  Lincecum had walked Wolfy prior to the homerun.  What’s with walking the pitcher? 
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There was much discussion among the Giants as to what they could do to upend the Dodgers.  The Dodgers offense has come alive.
The magic number is four for the Dodgers to make the playoffs.  They will be on the road.  The magic number to win the Western Division is eight.
I took many pictures over the weekend so I thought I would share my favorites with you.
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It’s tiring being the hero all the time
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Hey, throw it here.  Matt will catch it.
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Haha, did I say that?
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Andre without his cap
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Andtre’s hair is getting long
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Matt getting up gracefully
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Andre
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Raffy running home on a wild pitch
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My pants have to be dragging just right
Andre lovers:  Andre follows these steps to hit a homerun/
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Make sure your batting helmet is on tight
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Dig a nice hole before you get in the correct stance
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Make sure you have the right bat
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Stare Tim in the eye and say over and over “I’m hitting a homerun.”
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Meditate before the game, believe in yourself
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Andre has hit 31 homeruns and has 101 RBis.
I had hoped that Tim wouldn’t be able to find the strike zone but was amazed that he too did not last many innings.  My Dodgers have been amazing. 
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I was able to talk to Clayton Kershaw and asked him how he was.  He told me that he was better.  Hopefully he will be well enough to pitch soon. Notice all the boys looking at me.
 
Thanks for stopping by.  Over the next week while the Dodgers are on the road, I will post more of the pictures I took during this homestand.  Go Dodgers. 
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Win the big prize…..pleae. 

9 comments

  1. TribeTed

    Its tough when its very hot outside. I play all the time and sometimes you don’t succeed as well as you do in the colder 70 degree weather. But hot is baseball weather. 😉 Maybe you should sing the song “San Fran… Cissssssssscccoooooooooooo!!” That is a great one. New post up.

    Ted – http://tribewithted.mlblogs.com/

  2. southernbelle

    Cat: Your Andre pics were gorgeous. I love that one of him sitting in the outfield. ADORABLE! “Andre the Giant Killer.” He kills everybody, doesn’t he? Especially the ladies 😉
    My Yanks lost to the Halos last night…it was annoying. I really hope they win tonight. I’m getting a little worried about them. -Virginia
    http://southernbelle.mlblogs.com

  3. Jane Heller

    I’m so excited that you’re going to Anaheim on Wed and sitting near the visitor’s dugout! Woohoo! Please take pics of my Yanks and cheer hard for them. They need your help! Wish I could be sitting next to you. I’ll be there in spirit, I promise.

    http://janeheller.mlblogs.com

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