San Francisco

BASEBALL

This Saturday we visited San Francisco to see the Giants play. We were visiting my daughter who lives in Palo Alto now so we took Caltrain to the stadium. It was great. It cost $14 round trip. It dropped off about 2 blocks from the stadium. There was a Safeway on the block between the station and AT&T Park where we bought water. An express train skipped the first few stations on the way back and got us quickly back to Palo Alto. My youngest daughter was also excited to be on the upper deck of a two-level train.

It was hat day which led to long lines to get in the park. But, once the gates opened we were in the park within about 10 minutes despite being wrapped 2/3 the way along the walkway between the stadium and the water in right field.

Free!!
Free!!

My daughter had Twin gear from a previous trip. She was not able to score a ball or autograph before the game. We did see Eduardo Escobar give a ball to a reluctant 2-year-old. He set the ball on the pad over the railing. When she did not grab the ball he gently pealed her fingers off the rail and wrapped them around the ball.

Twins Gear Fails
Twins Gear Fails

Overall I thought the park was nice. I don’t think I’d rate it as highly as others. I found the concourses too narrow to navigate easily when crowded. The view was great, but not as good as Pittsburgh.

The weather was typical late spring in San Francisco. It was warm until it became bitterly cold because of the wind.

View from Above the Foul Pole
View from Above the Foul Pole

The vendors had some fun things though. Cotton candy had 4 colors. Hot chocolate vendors carried  huge containers on their backs from which to dispense drinks.

4 Colors of Cotton Candy
4 Colors of Cotton Candy
Cocoa Tank
Cocoa Tank
Garlic Fries Come with Mints (How Civilized)
Garlic Fries Come with Mints (How Civilized)

Most importantly the Twins lost!

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