By the bay

Tuesday, August 5, 2003–Giants 3, Pirates 0

What I’m going to be writing about is not so much details about this specific game as much as just how big a memory aid a scorecard really is. The act of keeping a scorecard has made this game more vivid in my memory than either of the Los Angeles area games I’d gone to the previous year, and I find this is the case even if I try to remember the game without referring to the scorecard. For this trip, my parents flew out to San Francisco while I took a more leisurely path. It started with an overnight Greyhound to Denver (a seed for an idea that was to bear great fruit a few years later…) and caught the California Zephyr through the Rockies, across Utah and Nevada, and then up and down again the Sierra Nevadas. I also got to learn a number of ways Amtrak trains get delayed, but that’s another story.

I start with some little tidbits from memory: Barry Bonds didn’t do the pregame stretches, making me wonder if he was even going to be in the game (he was, with a strikeout and single). The pregame music wasn’t the standard mishmash of hard and pop rock that I hear at most ballparks, this was the same “Best of Lynyrd Skynyrd” CD my dad occasionally subjects me to, played straight through without even mixing up the tracks. It took me a while to try the famous garlic fries, but I can safely say they taste a lot better than they smell (and this from someone who likes the smell of garlic.) 

I went with my parents and an aunt who lives in San Fran. I was discussing strategy with my aunt, and had one of those “I told him to do that” moments in the 4th inning. Starting pitcher Jason Schmidt came up to bat with two on and one out and squared up to bunt. I explained the advantages of the bunt, getting runners into scoring position, etc, etc, until he had two strikes on him “With two strikes, he probably won’t bunt…” Then I took a look at the average (a sluggish sub-.100) and corrected myself “well, in his case he might as well try it,” after which he promptly laid down a beauty.

I then had to explain what I meant by scoring position, “that put runners at second and third. You’re much more likely to score from second on a single than you are from first, especially with two outs. After that bunt, they can score two with a base hit…” here I was interrupted by Jose Cruz Jr.’s two run single to put the G-men up 3-0. That wound up being the final score.

Here’s the scorecard, if you’re curious.