Thursday, August 27, 2009

Danny is a Superstar

The owner at Danny's work is also the lucky owner of several season's tickets to the Giants games. As a gesture of goodwill toward his employees, if he is unable to attend a game, he often gives tickets away to his employees. Last night, we were the recipients of this good fortune.

The seats are SPECTACULAR. 15 rows back from the field, directly behind the Giants dugout. Servers come around and take our food orders, then deliver it to us for a nominal extra charge. Players habitually toss balls into the area after an inning. The view is awesome, and it is prime location for foul balls. Hands down, these are our favorite seats to sit in. And last night gave us yet another reason to love them.

We found out via text message that Danny was on TV during the first inning. The camera was on the people behind us, but you can see him clearly in the shot:

(EDIT: I think I finally fixed the issue that was causing Blogger to display the picture upside-down.)

Nobody looks very happy in that shot, for the simple reason that the Giants were playing HORRIBLY. In the first inning alone, they made two boneheaded mistakes that cost them a run, and we, the fans, were none too pleased.

Until the 8th inning.

The Giants managed to put two runners on base, after 7 innings of weak and ineffectual hitting. And in an unexpected move, the manager brought in the slightly-injured Bengie Molina to pinch-hit. The crowd went wild.

We all know Bengie is an incredible hitter, this year's stats aside. He has always been money in clutch situations. And his appearance, with two outs in the 8th, invigorated the crowd. We started chanting, "Bengie ! Bengie !".

Fueled by the support of his fans, Bengie took one massive swing, and belted the ball out of the park to take the lead. A 3-run home run that turned out to be the game winner. We all went ballistic. Our throats were hurting from all the screaming. Bengie had come through, and our team had won the game.

It was VERY tough to sleep last night after that adrenaline rush.

Now let's see if they can keep the momentum going towards the playoffs. A wild card spot is within reach. They just need to keep scoring runs.


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