Out and About – AT&T park – Turning the K’s

Take me out to the ball game, take me out to the fair.  Buy me some peanuts and cracker jacks, I don’t care if I never get back.  :). Ah the 7th inning stretch at AT&T park has to be one of my favorite parts of the game.  If you had told me a few years ago I would be a Giants fan, I would have laughed at you, I had no interest in the sport whatsoever.  Until my mother had her first knee replaced, She’s a huge Giants fan and made me sit through numerous games while I stayed with her during recovery.  So much so that when I went back to work I brought a radio in, to listen to the game in the background, and more when I started turning the game on while cooking dinner.  


Then it happened, we have a friend that has season tickets, my husband did a side job for him and instead of getting paid he got us tickets to a game.  I was so excited, I’ve been to a few games at AT&T park but I knew these were going to be awesome seats, and while I do know from experience there isn’t a bad seat at the park, knowing you’re in a really good one helps.  The week before we head out my husband sends me a text message and tells me, we need to brush up on strike outs.  I have no idea what he’s talking about, what do I know about strike outs at all?  I love watching a game but half the time can’t tell you what’s a ball or a strike (much to my daughters dismay).  I ask him why and he sends me a link to this article. Basically if you sit in certain seats, and if there are strikeouts during the game your job is to flip a board to “turn the K” and mark the strikeout for the game.  And let me tell you, there is pressure to get it done right.  At this point I no longer want to go – yes yes, I know I’m supposed to be adventurous but, sometimes the thought of the stresss getting to me can be too much to handle.  But somehow Steve convinces me we’re going to go, we’re going to turn the K’s at the right time with help from the people around us and we’re going to have a great time.  

Game day comes and I’m ready to go, I’ve finally psyched myself up enough to do my “job” and I’m as ready for it as I can be.  We get to the park a little early, my hubby buys me a hat – I think at this point he’s feeling a little sorry for me, and we head off to find our seats.  We were nestled between two pairs of friends, two gentlemen on our right and two ladies on our left.  We were in charge of strikeout’s number 3 and 4, and thank goodness!  It gave us the opportunity to watch the two gentlemen on our right learn a little bit about the boards, how heavy they are, what’s the best way to turn them over, making sure you don’t drop it on some unsuspecting shmo down below.  I was almost having fun!  And as the 2nd guy starts to get up to turn his K, something different happened, people started to cheer, then stand, and we realized this was happening.

Let’s just say both my husband and I were never so happy to be 1001 and 1002!  And yes if you look at the video closely – you can Steve sitting just to the right of the guy turning the K and me next to him all happy and oblivious in my pink SF hat.  I have to tell you I chickened out at the last minute, I didn’t turn my K over, I was too afraid I would drop it and kill the guys below me, I made my husband do it for me.  I regret that a little bit now, but only a little.

Last weekend we went to one of the Exhibition games with the Battle of the Bay!  It’s still one of my favorite line ups, two local teams fighting it out. We didn’t go for the really good seats this time, we opted for cheap nosebleed seats and invited some friends, it was one of those nights where you drink beer (or my case wine) and get rowdy, especially since our friends are Oakland fans.   I had to tell you it’s a very different experience sitting in the upper deck, the fans are more blue collar, the beef flows freely, and you rarely get a popcorn or peanut vendor. But, you have to give the developers credit, even up there – it really is a good seat to watch the game. 

If you have the opportunity this year, go check out a Giants game, have a glass of wine (if you so imbibe) and some garlic fries for me.  I’m already trying to think about my next trip.

XOXO – Sarah


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