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Drei’s Photo Blog…A Day In The Park, Lets Play 2…San Francisco Open Your Golden Gate

Here are some sights from the Dodgers recent twin-bill with the Giants at AT&T Park, 4/28/2018…

Early Morning. Strolling Mays to McCovey

Just a bit past 8:30 AM. A few scattered clouds, but not enough of a threat to rain on this day…

Arriving at The Yard…

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That happy feeling you get when your all alone at the yard…

The Calm Before The Storm…

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The morning groundscrew…

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Dragging the dirt…

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Good Morning Joe ! Joe will be located next to the Dodger dugout today…

Some Giants history. That crab looks very tasty…

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Good Morning David. David will be one of your many friendly Guest Service employees happy to help you today…

It’s almost time for the yard to open…

Just past 11 AM, and the fans arrive, entering through Willie Mays Plaza…

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Pregame briefing with Dave Roberts…

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No BP today. Just some light longtoss…

Time to water down the infield…

Game 1

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First pitch, Game 1, 1:05 PM…

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Kayakers at McCovey Cove waiting for a splash hit…

Hungry? Charlie is more than happy to carve you a sandwich…

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View from upper right field. Gotta love that view of the bay and the Bay Bridge…

View from the Cable Car. Only in SF, a “San Francisco Treat”…

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Seats from old Candlestick…

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Looking up from the bottom of the bottle…Oh yeah, that’s quite a BIG glove…

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Quite an offensive output by The Blue in Game 1…Panda would eventually take the hill in the 9th…

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Crew setting up for Game 2 giveaway during the 8th inning…

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After 3 hours and 58 minutes, a win for The Blue…

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Can we bring some of that to Game 2 ?

With the first game ending 2 minutes short of 5 and gates scheduled to open in a little over an hour, not much time is left for the in stadium crew to prepare for the second game…

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Groundscrew back at it…

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Invasion of the seagulls…

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Taking a break inside the pressbox…

Custodial crew working at a frantic pace. About 30 minutes until gates open for Game 2…

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Fans lining up in for Game 2. The line would back up as far back to the portwalk out to the Lefty O’Doul Bridge…

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Tonight’s Game 2 giveaway, a Brandon Crawford Gold Glove garden gnome. The gates have opened on time, 6:05 PM…

Game 2…

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First pitch, 7:15 PM. Crowd still settling in but many are settled in…

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My seat for Game 2. With the Marin Independent Journal not present on this evening, this would be my view. It’s actually very common for reporters of local circulations to miss a game every now and then.

After a lot of walking around before and during Game 1, I could use a seat. The view isn’t so bad either…

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Evening view from upper right field, Bay Bridge all lit up…

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What’s Up Ashley ! Like all other stadium staff, Ashley has been hard at work throughout the day. It’s the 6th inning of the second game, and she still maintains her energy, happy to serve fans over 21 their favorite adult beverage. That has to be one of the best views any of the in-game vendors can have…

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9th inning. Bison getting ready to pinch hit…

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Game 2, this one goes to the home team…

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Groundscrew doing back at it again. This seems like a ’round the clock operation. Gotta get that field ready for the next day’s 2:05 PM first pitch…

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The biggest winner of the night…Keep up the good fight, Kid !

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Wrapping things up from the pressbox. It’s been a long but fun day at the yard…

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Late Night stroll through Willie Mays Plaza…

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So what was it like to spend a whole day, over 12 hours at the ballpark for a day-night doubleheader? Check out my story, A Day In The Park, The Park By The Bay, Let’s Play Two, on StadiumJourney.com

Drei’s Photo Blog…The Giant Vault

Throughout this season I will be featuring a photo blog from various venues from and beyond the yard. During my recent trip to San Francisco, I took a venture inside the Giant Vault. The vault features artifacts from the rivals history dating back to New York to the present day in San Francisco…

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Cruising The Bay, In One Day…Kid N Drei…Part 6…Wrapping Up The Day…Back to The Cove

Leading Off… R.I.P. Dick Enberg

Legendary broadcaster Dick Enberg passed away yesterday at the age of 32. Enberg had a long and storied broadcast career that covered many southland teams including UCLA Basketball, L.A. Rams, California Angels and most recently the San Diego Padres. Enberg would have a long career covering many other major sporting events for NBC and CBS, including NFL coverage, Super Bowls, Wimbledons and World Series. Enberg was also a baseball coach at San Fernando State College, known today as the Cal State University of Northridge, or to locals, CSUN. OH MY was his popular catchphrase. You will be missed Dick…

Here is Dick Enberg interviewing Vin Scully during the Padres final road trip to Dodger Stadium in September, 2016…

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“To me, Dick Enberg was the greatest all-around sportscaster who ever lived and will never be emulated. He was a very dear friend of mine. He had my respect, admiration and my friendship. He will be sorely missed.” -Vin Scully

Back to The Bay…One Last Time…With Kid N Drei

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It’s been awhile, but we’re back. Much has happened since Drei has had a chance to wrap up Kid N Drei’s, Cruising The Bay. And to be THIS close to World Series glory…

Looking back on Kid N Drei’s day…In The Bay…The day started off early, as we arrived to The Bay before 7.

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We’d stroll through Alamo Square, pay a visit to The Laidies

 

We’d stroll The Panhandle, as well as Golden Gate Park

Screenshot_20170914-152630.pngKid Marlz feeling all high up in Hippie Hill, Golden Gate Park…

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Kid is really digging this Summer of Love themed tour of The City, on The City’s 50th Anniversary of The Summer of Love…But the highlight of the day was the stroll across The Golden Gate…After all, just like the song, San Francisco has opened it’s Golden Gate…

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Before heading to the ballpark, as we leave Hippie Hill, Kid N Drei take one last stroll through The Panhandle…

It’s been quite a “hella” fun day, Drei…

You really are enjoying abusing “hella” here in The Bay, aren’t you Kid?

You “hella” know it Drei! What’s next, Kid abusing “hyphy”?

Is that “hella” right, Drei?

Ah…Nevermind Kid….

20171011_162058.jpg Congratulations Kid! That was quite a performance you put on there on that same hill where 50 years ago, Janis Joplin, Jefferson Airplane, The Greatful Dead and George Harrison performed for the OG hippies. Kid Marls D “officially” has his name etched along some prominent acts…

Time to cruise The Panhandle

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The Panhandle. Where many a local take their daily stroll. Jimi and Janis once performed along The Panhandle. As we stroll along The Panhandle, where Jimi once played, we come across Nate Thurmond Court. Nate Thurmond was a Warrior great. At Nate Thurmond Court, Kid Marls holds court, in a “Purple and Gold” haze…

With both of Kobe’s NUMBERS, that’s right, numbers, 8 and 24, recently retired, Kid Marls D flaunts the classic 8, for it’s 8 that Kid feels should be the retired one. Big Nate, one of the greatest rebounders in the game…I’m sure Big Nate would be proud of number 8…

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Hey ! A Magic Gnome sighting from April !!!

Well Kid, it’s almost time for Dodger Baseball. But before we head to The Cove, we take one last cruise, from The Haight to The Wharf for a pregame bite. Because Kid N Drei “operate” on such a low budget, with our devices low on battery life, we have nothing to show, from Fisherman’s Wharf. But hey, it’s not like any of you subscribe to the “No pictures, didn’t happen theory”, right?

After a pregame bite to The Wharf, Kid N Drei finally head back to McCovey Cove. As Drei said, toward the end of the day, our devices we’re running low. So, not many pics from AT&T Park.

It’s all good though. For it was a fun day in The Bay, with Kid N Drei. Kid really digs the rivals place. AT&T Park is a beautiful yard. It was Kid’s first time at AT&T Park, highlighted by this splash shot by soon to be Rookie of the Year, Cody Bellinger

We’ve sure had our moments of firsts here at the yard. It was at this yard, where back in April, Drei saw Cody’s first MLB game.

It was here tonight where Kid paid his first visit to McCovey Cove. Drei would see his first splash shot live, fittingly, by one in Dodger Blue…

The Blue would come out on top, 4-1, taking 2 of 3 from the rivals. Though The Blue had been struggling during the month of September, at one point losing 11 in a row, they would still be en route to over 100 wins.

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Kid Marls D is making his way up in his Ballpark Cruise. That’s now 4 MLB Parks, for which Kid has cruised.

Of the current yards, Drei has cruised 16, a popular number in The Bay. Overall, Drei has cruised 23.

As for Kid’s 4 yards, they’ve all been here in Cali, all with Drei. Away from The Ravine, together Kid N Drei has cruised from The O.C., through The Gaslamp in on to McCovey Cove. Kid N Drei has followed The Blue in these four Cali yards, with Oak-Town coming soon. In the four yards Kid has visited with Drei, The Blue is 4-0, outscoring their opponents 23-3.

You know Kid, I know you’ve said that we make magic together. Along with magic, we also seem to bring good vibes on the road, to The Dodger Blue, you know, from Diego to The Bay…

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It’s been a long day. A long, fun-filled day. Oh yeah, back to “firsts”, it was Kid N Drei’s first road trip together outside of SoCal. Looking back at all this, cruising The City, shooting 3 music videos, Kid’s excitement being in The City and Drei being all blasé and all that, (Drei’s made many a trip to The Bay, OK? LOL), you may be asking, how did Kid N Drei do this, all in one day? Like Kid has said to Drei…We Make Magic Together.

San Francisco has certainly opened it’s Golden Gate, for Kid N Drei. Kid Marls D has enjoyed his first true stay, in The City By The Bay. It’s history and it’s charm. Though he may have left his heart in San Francisco, home is where the heart is, for Kid Loves L.A.

It’s time to head home…Back on the overnight Megabus…Back to L.A.

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Kid got plenty of rest throughout the trip, something lacking with Drei. It would be another long bus ride home.

It was another fun season of Kid N Drei’s tales. Hopefully at this time next year, The Blue finishes the journey to The Top…

20170913_135712.jpgHey Kid, how ’bout we turn The Bay, Blue? One more time !!!

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Gotta give The Bay that Holiday Touch of Blue… HAPPY HOLIDAYS EVERYONE !!!

From The Bay…Peace and Love…From Kid N Drei

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Cruising The Bay, In One Day…Kid N Drei…Part 4…Strolling Along The Golden Gate

GG BridgeThe Golden Gate Bridge…On this foggy San Francisco Wednesday, September 13, 2017

After a visit to The Painted Ladies, San Francisco continues to open it’s Golden Gate…For Kid N Drei…

Nancy Bea Hefley, during her days tickling the ivories of the Rowland organ at Dodger Stadium, would always serenade the crowd with that classic tune during the opening lineups when the hated one’s we’re in town…

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We’ve finally arrived Kid! Every time I’ve come to The City, I’ve never had a chance to walk across The Golden Gate. I walked the Oakland Bay Bridge back in 2013 after it’s enhancement that added a pedestrian and bike path…

BBridge 1Oakland Bay Bridge, December 2013

BBridge 2_Stomper Hey there Stomper !

BBridge3_DreiTaking my morning stroll along the newly added pedestrian path on the East Bay’s recent addition to The Bay Bridge, donning my Niner colors as I started from Oakland. Notice to my right parts of the old double decked bridge, slowly facing demolition…

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The Golden Gate Bridge. 80 years young. This is the first time Drei has walked across The Golden Gate. Who better to join Drei than the broham, Kid…

One thing Kid N Drei share is their love of long walks and hikes. Unlike Drei, Kid has been a bit more adventurous, having hiked Yosemite’s Half Dome not long ago…Perhaps someday Drei will try that hike. 

Time to give The Golden Gate…A Touch of Dodger Blue

20170913_120515.jpgWe’ve made it across The Golden Gate. Neither mist or fog could keep Kid N Drei from strolling The Golden Gate…

Before Kid N Drei head back to the San Francisco side of The Golden Gate, we decide to take a hike up a hill toward Battery Spencer. Up here, on a clear day, the views of The Bay from Battery Spencer can be very gorgeous. However, on this “hella” foggy day, the views of The Bay are non-existent.

20170913_124522.jpg What up Sammy ! Sourdough Sam showing off his city’s number one landmark amidst the fog, for which locals affectionately refer to as Karl The Fog…

To get up to the top of Battery Spencer, we first follow a pedestrian path underneath the bridge that would lead us to a trail… 

20170913_130603.jpgFrom this pedestrian path underneath the bridge are these support beams, also painted in the bridge’s signature International Orange. 

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20170913_124049.jpg Karl The Fog may have covered most of the bridge, but no amount of fog would stop Kid N Drei from giving The Golden Gate…A Touch of…DODGER BLUE !!!

20170913_124323.jpgMoments later, and Karl the Fog has covered our view of The Golden Gate Bridge…

We made it Kid! Kid N Drei, officially giving The Bay, a Touch of Dodger Blue. Blue, as Drei likes to call the fleece, has been well traveled since 2004. The fog may have taken away the view of The Bay, but that doesn’t deny the beauty behind Kid N Drei, as The Golden Gate provides the perfect silhouette to the fog with Kid N Drei…(Kid, I know I’ve hung with you for a minute,  but really you should be the one providing the beatz…)

Allright Kid, time for us to head on back. How ‘bout some of your acapella freestylez Kid?

Screenshot_20170917-213633.png Kid Marls…Ready to present his beatz…From L.A. to The Bay…On The Golden Gate…

Hey Kid, I know you own two cats, but even with all this fog and mist, Drei says it’s still a good day to take Blue Dog for a walk across The Golden Gate…

20170919_000657.pngKid N Drei…Taking “Blue Dog” for a walk on The Golden Gate…

 

We did it! Kid N Drei crossed The Golden Gate. With stops and the hike to Battery Spencer included, it would take Kid N Drei a total of 3 hours to stroll the bridge and back. It was quite a stroll, highlighted by Karl The Fog…

As memorable a walk Kid N Drei had across The Golden Gate, one thing Drei must advise…When walking across the bridge, keep in mind that other tourists will be strolling along both on foot and bike. Like Kid N Drei, you’ll probably be taking lots of pics, especially if you’re like Drei. Be careful though, some of these same folks on the bridge, especially the bicyclists, tend to have little patience of other tourists snapping their countless pics.

We got to come back Kid and explore more trails. Just slow down for Drei every now and then. Remember, “Viejo”, as you like to call Drei, can’t always keep up with you…

Now that we’ve cruised The Golden Gate, it’s time for Kid N Drei to continue on. Next stop, Golden Gate Park. From The Golden Gate…

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Cruising The Bay, In One Day…Kid N Drei…Part 3…Higher Dimensions With The Painted Laidies

PicsArt_09-19-06.05.05Kid N Drei…Feeling those peaceful vibes on the 50th anniversay of The Summer of Love…1967…Haight and Ashbury…

After a hearty breakfast….Kid asks if the houses from Full House are nearby. The Painted Laidies, the row of houses that line Steiner St across from Alamo Square Park, is a nice 15 minute walk from Haight & Ashbury. Since Kid N Drei was still full from breakfast, we decided a stroll to The Laidies would make for a nice walk.

“Feeling “Hella” fresh Drei…”

We’ve been in The City for a little over 3 hours Kid and you’re talking like you’re from The Bay…

“Yessir, Drei.” Next, we’ll find Kid migrating up the coast from L.A. to The Bay…

“Hell nah Drei”.

Don’t you mean, Hella No?

As we’re strolling toward The Ladies, we pass a church along Masonic Street that has a sign displaying it’s support for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

Kid- “We’ll fight for your and your families right to stay, but you need to afford to pay…”

Drei- “That sums up The Bay for you Kid. The Bay and L.A.”

Even as The Bay continues to be extremely expensive, as many families continue to get priced out, much of The City still maintains their liberal points of views, at least many of these San Franciscans say they do…

Cruising right along, as we stroll along The Panhandle along Oak Street, Kid is really soaking in all the Victorian Style housing that line many a street in San Francisco. If only these houses had any space between each other…

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We’ve finally arrived at Alamo Square Park. Across the park, The Painted Ladies. The Painted Ladies is one of San Francisco’s popular tourist sites as it’s been seen in many productions, most notably the opening credits of Full House.

20170913_095530Hey, it’s a Mini Dre sighting! Mini Dre has also made his way from L.A. to The Bay…

Screenshot_20170915-140556The Ladies seem to be attracted to Kid. Hey Kid, how ‘bout entertaining these ladies, you know, taking these ladies to some…Higher Dimensions?

 

Looks like Kid had a great time keeping The Ladies entertained. In the short time we’ve been in The City, Kid N Drei has gone from McCovey Cove to Upper and Lower Haight, through The Panhandle…Drei giving Kid a “Summer of Love” themed walking tour en route to a Full House. In this time, Kid N Drei has also shot the breeze on gentrification and dreamers. Kid N Drei, though “working” on a “low-budget” production, Kid N Drei Productions, saw Kid perform on the same grounds the Tanner Family famously roamed the grassy hill…

Screenshot_20170915-140546Kid giving The Ladies all his blessings…

It’s been quite a fun and productive morning for Kid N Drei. The morning started early from McCovey Cove to breakfast at Haight. From The Haight we strolled to Alamo Square. On the way, Kid N Drei expressed their views on gentrification and DACA. Along the way, Kid took it slow, soaking it all in…”Feeling hella good in The City Drei…”

Drei’s really glad you’re enjoying The City, Kid. Best part? Kid’s showing more excitement than Drei ! Well, it’s Kid’s first time seeing parts of the city other than old Candlestick Park….Welcome to The City, Kid…

Where in The City is Kid N Drei headed next. San Francisco sure has opened it’s Golden Gate, for Kid N Drei. Hey Kid, speaking of, The Golden Gate, how ‘bout a stroll across some bridge named after The Golden Gate?

“Sounds hella good Drei!”

Again Kid? Again with hella? You sure are enjoying abusing “hella”…

“Is that “hella” right, Drei?”

Extra Innings…It’s Playoff Time ! Time To Step It Up To More Higher Dimensions

It’s been quite a season for our Boys In Blue. Kid N Drei went to a total of 6 home games this season, going 5-1. As for The Blue, it was another memorable season, setting an all-time L.A. Dodger record with 104 wins. We’ve now reached October…October baseball is Playoff Baseball…It’s been 29 years since The Blue has brought us a World Championship…Time to take this…Up To More Higher Dimensions…Take it KID !!!

20170913_100922Hey Kid. “Whatever happened to predictability?”

From The Bay…LETS GO DODGERS !!!  Peace and Love, From Kid N Drei…

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Cruising The Bay, In One Day…Kid N Drei…Part 2…McCovey to The Haight

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Tuesday morning, September 13, 2017. Ten minutes before 7 AM. Kid looks all rested…See Part 1

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Blue Dog is all excited to be in The Bay…

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Strolling the Cove, early Tuesday morning…Drei looking back on when the yard was making it’s way. Even as a Dodger fan, AT&T Park is one of the most gorgeous yard’s Drei has ever been…

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OK Kid, time for some breakfast. How ’bout we head toward The Haight? “Sounds good Drei ! Looking forward to cruising the Hyte…” THAT’S HAIGHT KID ! IT’S PRONOUNCED, HATE ! YOU KNOW, THAT WORD WE’LL BE HEARING A LOT TONIGHT…

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Kid N Drei…On SF Muni’s N Judah…And that female passenger is like…”These L.A. Kids…So “Hella” weird”…

You know Kid, whenever I find myself cruising The City on the N Judah, I always think of Hey Jude, especially during the chorus when everyone in unison is singing…Na, Na Na, Na Na Na Na, and Paul screams…” Jude Judah Judah…”

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Time for breakfast! That pork chop at The Pork Store Cafe sure looks appealing…( Don’t know if “Porky” feels the same way…

The Pork Store is the Haight’s oldest restaurant. Opened in 1916 originally as a butcher shop, it’s become a favorite breakfast spot for Drei whenever he cruises The City…

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Inside the Pork Store Cafe. Nothing fancy. Very intimate. Can be cramped when busy. If you appreciate simple dining in an intimate setting The Pork Store Cafe is the place for you. An Upper Haight staple, Drei’s confident it won’t be leaving The Haight anytime soon due to, dare I say your favorite “G” word, Kid…GENTRIFICATION!

Gentrification. Kid N Drei’s topic of discussion during breakfast. It’s a hot topic issue from L.A. to The Bay. It’s a very broad topic that has affected the communities in both these and many major cities, be it L.A’s Boyle Heights or San Francisco’s Mission District among many of L.A and The Bay’s communities impacted by gentrification… It’s a topic Kid is very adamant about. Drei, not so much. It’s not often Kid N Drei have many disagreements. The topic of gentrification is no different. 

That’s not to say Kid N Drei are on opposite ends of gentrification. Matter of fact, Kid N Drei agree with the issues that arise with gentrification. Kid points out to Drei that gentrifiers dont do much when it comes to preserving the local culture. While Drei wholeheartedly agree’s with Kid, Drei also points out that while it is true, bringing in a Starbucks or a CVS to underserved neighborhood can homogenize the community, it’s both a convenience and a luxury that serves many in the communities quite well

One thing that Kid N Drei STRONGLY agree about gentrification? Displacement of residents and local businesses. Renters, low-income families, local businesses being driven out by high-end developers. As said earlier, gentrification is a broad topic. It can also be a divisive topic. When well-rounded minds gather around, the topic of discussion does not stop over breakfast. 

20170913_083924 Still hungry Kid ?

Well, we both had quite a filling breakfast. I think it’s time to cruise toward The Painted Laidies, Kid? “Sounds good Drei…Drei Beatz with The Tour of The Bay…” Thanks Kid, but as I’ve said many times, you the one with the Beatz…Drei tells the Talez…

Well, how ’bout a cruise along The Haight before we see the Painted Laidies…

20170425_101622 The Jimi Hendrix House. Taken back in April. Jimi Hendrix took up residence here during the early 60s…

20170425_095850 Jerry Garcia mural, corner of Haight & Cole, also back in April during my first of four L.A. to The Bay daytrips for 2017

20170913_075331 Hey, it’s Kid & Jerry ! Word has it Jerry has an ice cream shop on Haight and Ashbury with some other dude. Drei thinks it wouldn’t be a bad idea to drop that name in front of Jerry and replace it with…Kid. Hmmm. Kid & Jerry instead of, well…Doesn’t sound bad at all…

20170913_080145 Well, we’re just about done cruising The Haight. Time to pay the Painted Laidies a visit. Peace and Love…And GO DODGERS !!! From Kid N Drei.

 

 

 

 

Cruising The Bay, In One Day…L.A. to The Bay…Kid N Drei…Part 1

20170912_225509It’s been awhile…A minute or two…Since Kid N Drei brought you a tale or two. Last time Kid N Drei did a tale about cruising, 2 years ago, Kid N Drei did a cruise from From The Ravine…To K-Town…To The Miracle Mile, ya know, ‘Like Cruising Music… 

D Day is finally here ! Kid’s first road trip with Drei outside of SoCal after a trip or two to San Diego. Kid Marls D is really excited about this trip…

Kid “I WANT THE WINDOW SEAT DREI, I WANT THE WINDOW SEAT !!!”

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Tuesday evening, September 12, 2017, shortly after departing L.A. Union Station. Before Drei could get all comfy, Kid gets the window seat (Usually Drei’s seat…)You know, not many people’s idea of a fun-filled road trip consists of a red eye econo-trip on the Megabus and back, following their favorite baseball team take on their long time nemesis. Some comfort, ok, a lot of comfort can be compromised. But even to my surprise, Kid Marley Marlz is very excited about this trip…Even more surprising, he’s more excited than me…Kid Marley Marlz is as excited as a…Kid. 

Well, I guess when you’ve done it before, these red eye trips become old hat…

Note to Drei…LAY OFF THE STARBUCKS WHEN TRAVELING THE ALL-NIGHT RED EYE !!! YOU KNOW BETTER !!!

20170913_014056 Moments after leaving our rest stop in Lost Hills. Drei still awake, no thanks to Kid’s constant tossing and turning, bumping into Drei !!! ( Hey Drei, I’m not used to spending the night on the Megabus…) And look at Kid, sleeping like a baby “kid”…Next to Drei’s window seat…Not a care in the world…(Yes, Drei has listened to many a tale from Vin…)

20170913_053617 In the meantime, Blue Dog is doing his duty, making sure Kid is all rested for The Bay…

20170913_054752 Hey, it’s Sourdough Sam ! We must have made an unnoticed unscheduled stop in Santa Clara… Kid is still resting comfortably…

As we cruise past Oakland, on the way to The City, Drei finds himself in the mood for some Oak-Town beats from Tony Toni Tone…

 

Screenshot_20170920-193044When you see that iconic Coke sign coming off the Bay Bridge you know you’ve arrived in The City. Drei has always had this fascination with neon signs.

 From L.A. to The Bay, it was a smooth ride (Especially for Kid. Can you tell by now Drei had very little sleep?). As smooth as the ride was, though Kid’s constant tossing and turning did keep Drei up (THANKS KID !), regardless of whether some KID, all excited like a Kid, is keeping Drei up, Kid N Drei…Ready to Cruise The Bay…The San-Francisco Bay !!!

We’ve finally arrived. Kid N Drei…L.A. to The Bay…Ready to turn The City…BLUE !!!

 

20170913_06521210 minutes before 7AM…Kid N Drei…Behind us, we can hear Mad Bum (DON’T LOOK AT ME !!!)…Welcome To The Bay, Kid….It’s time to turn The City…BLUE !!!

 

 

Ballpark Budget Travel…The Megabus Experience…L.A. to The Bay…4/25/2017

Planning ahead for a trip can be a chore. Saving up for one can be even more. Fortunately for me, here in L.A. I have Megabus as an option. With it’s fares as low as $1, you can’t be that. Of course, there’s a caveat. More on that later…

 Union Station, Monday night, 4/24. Patiently waiting…

With the red-eye cheduled to leave at 10 past 11, our bus, originating from Anaheim is running late. Though Megabus’s on time performance can be spotty at times, I’ve never had any serious issues. 

With our bus arriving just past midnight, we are greeted by a somewhat surly driver. After another pickup at Burbank, the ride goes smoothly. 

 Pit stop, Lost Hills. Always nice to step out for some fresh air…

 Gotta take my Magic Gnome to hostile territory…

After a pit-stop, it’s smooth sailing to The Bay making a brief stop at the West Oakland BART Station to drop off Oakland bound passengers. The West Oakland BART stop is a good location for those heading to an A’s game or elsewhere in the East Bay…

Tuesday morning, 4/25. SF Megabus Stop. In the distance, AT&T Park. See the floodlights…

Though we left L.A. about 90 minutes past scheduled departure, we would arrive to Baghdad by the Bay only 45 past our ETA, 15 minutes before 8. With a whole day ahead, arriving 45 minutes late, all things considered wasn’t so bad.  

 Tuesday Morning, McCovey Cove…

20170429_223953 That beanie comes in handy up north. 

As mentioned earlier, Drei had a whole day ahead of him, a whole day to Cruise The Streets of San Francisco

From Market & Powell, through The Haight…The Panhandle to Golden Gate Park, Drei sure got around The Streets of San Francisco…Drei even got to check out The Summer of Love 50th Anniversary Exhibit at the De Young Museum. 

Prior to that evening’s game, I had a chance to take in some sights and eats from The Garden at AT&T Park.

Thanks to some media connections, I was able to make the most out of the minimum. Even without connections, the Megabus still does help on the wallet, especially when you’re just doing this for the day and into the night. 

Our Boys in Blue would take down the hated ones, thanks of course to Kid K, who just seems to thrive on pitching in hostile territory…

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 Time to head home…

The departure time back to L.A. would be a quarter past midnight. As I boarded my bus, the driver who checked off my reservation quipped that I was the $1 man. Apparently, the $1 fare is to that lucky passenger who snatches it first once Megabus releases their sale dates. After that, the fares gradually goes up, starting at $5 to as much as $41 pending ticket sales and date of purchase. Friday and Sunday seem to have the high priced fares as many college students rely on their service. 

In all, including the $1 processing fee each way, my trip to The Bay was a grand total of $4 ! Of course, the caveat to that is you have to know far ahead of time, at least 2 months, when you plan to travel. Also, you must constantly monitor the Megabus site when their fares are released. A good way to do that is to follow them on Twitter on turn on their notification alerts. 

The ride back to L.A was much smoother. A win by The Blue most certainly helped. Heck, we would even arrive 15 minutes ahead of schedule. 

The Megabus experience, with proper preparation, can be an adventure. Honestly, the redeye, which for me, acts as mobile lodging, is geared more for the single and budget minded traveler. Many passengers have shared their tales on Megabus, but it is what it is. For $1 each way, you can’t beat budget travel.

Feeling adventurous enough to do Megabus throughout other parts of the country en route to your ballpark travels? Check out this Megabus Tutorial for more on how to do your ballpark journey on a budget. 

Stay tuned for Drei’s next Megabus adventure…Coming Soon…

Ballpark Bites…Strolling The Garden at AT&T Park

 Over the years the ballpark experience has evolved. Ballpark dining is no exception. Social and dining areas can be found in most parks for fans to stroll the yard. At AT&T Park, the concept of a social dining area within the ballpark may have been taken another level. At the home of our rivals, beyond the center field fence is The Garden at AT&T Park. At The Garden, fans have the opportunity to dine along communal tables surrounded by crops of fruits, vegetables and herbs. Most of these communal tables have a bed of herbs that allow fans to pick and use for garnish.

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20170425_171533Herb bed. Hey, a little strawberry is starting to bloom…

I had a chance to sample some of the goodies from The Garden Table and The Hearth Table, the two food stands at The Garden at AT&T Park, ranging from the anitpasta bar to a crisp and tasty Roasted Summer Vegetable Sandwich, 3 different flatbreads and a very summery (Dodger) Blueberry Shortcake. 

ATTPark_Food Spread w Magic and Dog Thats quite a spread. Behind this spread is in the middle of the communal dining table is an herb bed where fans are allowed to pick their herbs. The Magic Gnome and Blue Dog seem quite impressed with this spread

The 3 flatbreads in the spread are the garden cauliflower with olive oil, parmesan cheese, chive mascarpone and truffle oil, a house-made fennel sausage with roasted eggplant, caramelized leeks and goat cheese, and a grilled garden zucchini with shaved parmesan, olive oil, garden thyme and toasted almonds. 

I had a hard time determining which of the three flatbreads we’re my favorite. In the end, the cauliflower topped my list. 

For desert, a blueberry shortcake topped with whipped cream (Or Dodger Blueberry)

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The garden is also equipped with The Ketel One Bar, serving local beer and wine and other mixed drinks. 

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ATTPark_Watermelon IPA Hell or High Watermelon brew to go along with our gluten free treats….

With the garden and the garden’s dining area located directly behind the center field fence, a safety net is provided above the fans for their protection. Even with the net, every now and then a baseball will land there…

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Along the center field fence, slits through dark tinted windows allow for fans to take a peek into the on-field action…

ATT Park_CF slit A peek into Dodgers BP…

ATT Park_Slit pic Reflecting upon the action…

My one regret upon my visit to The Garden at AT&T Park, aside from being surrounded by Halloween colors…LOL, is not having the opportunity to try some of the other offerings. Perhaps if I’m fortunate to return in September I can try some of the late summer/early fall offerings.

I had the chance to interview Hannah Schmunk, Manager of Food Education for Children with Bon Appetit Management Company. Among the many topics we had the chance to discuss we’re the change in crops throughout the season, as well as her work along with  current and Giants players  with the kids throughout the community in advocating healthy eating. You can listen to the interview on my podcast below…

Throughout the year, aside from serving hungry baseball fans, the garden serves as an educational tool for the community as well as an outdoor classroom for kids throughout the community…

With our Boys In Blue returning to AT&T Park in less than 2 weeks, for you fellow Dodger fans who may be making the trek up north, do take the time to stop by The Garden and try out some of their delicious offerings. One visit and you will definitely agree that dining in an open garden inside a Major League ballpark is one “hella” unique experience. (To use a Bay Area term…)

9th Inning…More Garden Pics

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ATT Park Garden_Aeroponic Towers Aeroponic towers…

Extra Innings…The Magic Gnome

ATTPark_Magic Gnome 1 Our Magic Gnome just couldn’t help but stroll The Garden. The Giants fan in the back has to be wondering “Who Let That Dodger Gnome Out”…

ATTPark_Magic Gnome 2 Magic Gnome giving the garden A Touch of Blue…

ATTPark_Magic Gnome 3 The Magic Gnome with some fellow Dodger fans…

ATTPark_Blue Dog Sammy and Magic Our Magic Gnome worked up quite an appetite running around the garden. Hey, look who joined our Magic Gnome and Blue Dog…It’s Sourdough Sam ! Hey Sammy, we won’t tell your buddy Lou Seal that you we’re hanging out with the Boys In Blue…

ATTPark_Chelsea and Sam Kicking it with the garden chefs, Chelsea and Sam…

Special thanks to Hannah Schmunk and the staff from The Garden at AT&T Park for all their hospitality !!! For more travel tips for your journey to AT&T Park and other sports travel tips, check us out at Stadium Journey

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Drei’s Tale…Crusin’ The Streets of San Francisco…Turning The Bay Blue

Leading Off…

For those of you old enough to remember that classic crime drama and that opening theme with that voice-over guy…If only I had that voice-over dude to narrate for me…

“The Streets of San Francisco, a DodgerDrei Production…”

Starring…

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Also Starring

20170425_102414-1 Magic Gnome’s Sidekick, Blue Dog…

With Special Guest Star…

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Tonight’s Episode…Turning The Bay Blue

Cruising The Streets…McCovey Cove, Tuesday Morning 4/25/2017

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Drei here…It’s been awhile since Drei has cruised through The Streets of Baghdad By The Bay…Upon arriving Tuesday morning, April 25th, though not as cold as I expected, Drei still comes prepared for that cool San Fran breeze that comes off The Cove…

The streets around McCovey Cove has changed since Leslie Nielsen once cruised this part of town (Yes, I am serious…)

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As you can see, the building next to the Lefty O’Doul Bridge along 3rd Street is still there, used today for mixed use…

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Terry A Francois Blvd, pictured above. The area around McCovey Cove as well as AT&T Park was once an industrial part of town. Today, trees line Terry A Francois Blvd, providing gorgeous views of the cove and the bay beyond…

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The trail along Terry A Francois Blvd behind the trees. In the distance is a statue of the man who the cove is named after, Willie McCovey. A miniature ballfield is next to the statue for future big leaguers…

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The view of AT&T Park from the Lefty O’Doul Bridge…

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The morning sunrise from the portwalk beyond right field. Even as a Dodger fan, I gotta admit, this makes for a lovely morning stroll…

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Hey, it’s the Magic Gnome going for his morning walk…

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Kid K has a great history up here…We’ll check back from The Cove later on…Hey ! Magic Gnome’s sidekick, Blue Dog finally joins in…

Cruising The Streets…Market and Powell

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Yo, Magic Gnome ! Ready to hop on one of those classic cable cars? Car 24 is waiting behind you. 24 is a very popular number among the locals…

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Can’t forget Blue Dog now…

Cruising The Streets…Cruising The Haight

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While Magic Gnome and Blue Dog are enjoying their cable car ride, Drei decides to take a cruise up The Haight. Love is preached a lot in these parts going back to some Summer of Love, 1967…

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The “Quiet Beatle”. One year after The Fab Four would perform at Candlestick Park their final concert ever, George Harrison would pay a visit to The Haight…

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The visit to The Haight wasn’t exactly what George expected…

From The Haight, we discover that a street is named after a certain Kid K who will be taking the hill that evening. For whatever reason, the names Haight and Clayton go hand in hand up in these parts…

20170425_100258On the corner of Haight and Clayton…

20170425_100915“Yo Magic ! What up Blue Dog? Even up here, they give Kid K the ultimate tribute…”

As we continue to Cruise The Haight, we cruise past the complex where James Marshall Hendrix once resided…

20170425_101623Drei has to wonder, why The Red House and not purple ?

20170425_101929 “Hey Magic! You still a huge fan of Jimi Hendrix? Of course Dog! We used to blast Purple Haze all the time! My good pal from Boston, Larry, hated on Purple Haze every time we blasted it on Manchester and Prairie…”

20170425_102414-1“Yo Magic! What’s the big deal about this corner. DOG! 50 years ago in the Summer of ’67, people came form all over to celebrate Love and Peace on this corner of Haight and Ashbury…Haight? Magic, we’ve heard that word “Haight” a lot from the locals. We’re just trying to turn this town Blue while spreading peace and love…”

Cruising The Streets…The Panhandle

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This park-like path just north of The Haight was the site of some free concerts among others Jefferson Airplane, The Grateful Dead and even Jimi Hendrix…

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Looks like the Magic Gnome is waiting for a one on one pickup game…

” I’ll take anyone one on one…Even that number 30 across The Bay, right here baby !!!”

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“Yo Magic, how ’bout we go two on two against those ballers…Heck Magic, after we take care of these two I say we take on Stephen and his sidekick Draymond…DOG! HOW MANY TIMES DO I HAVE TO TELL YOU NOT TO BE SUCH A HOT DOG !!!”

Cruising The Streets…Golden Gate Park

But first, a quick cruise back through The Haight…

20170425_095838 The legend…Jerry Garcia

20170425_095850Drei and Jerry, on the corner of Haight and Cole. Hey Jerry, I hear you and some guy named Ben have an ice cream shop down the street on Ashbury…

Hippie?

Or Hipster?

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20170425_120640 Hey look…It’s Sourdough Sam ! That lovable Niner mascot who claims to be both the OG hippie turned hipster. Sammy insists we go with him to Hippie Hill…Summer of Love 50th Anniversary exhibit from the De Young Museum to be featured soon…

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When his Niners weren’t playing games at nearby Kezar Stadium, Sammy spent many a day up on that darn hill, especially in 1967 (I don’t think Sammy remembers anything from ’67….) About that Summer of ’67…Or the months leading to that Summer of Love…

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Hey Sammy, looks like you we’re lost among the throng. All looks calm now compared to 1967…

20170425_152436Never stop preaching Peace and Love…That’s quite a view from Hippie Hill. Speaking of Hills, and Cruising, back in L.A. Kid Marley Marlz has this beat. For some reason this beat from Kid would go perfect up here…

Hey Kid, you look nice and warm back home in sunny L.A….

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Hey Sammy ! Looks like Magic Gnome and Blue Dog came to join you up Hippie Hill. I wonder how their 2 on 2 went…

Cruising The Streets…3rd and King

After cruising the streets from The Cove to The Haight, we now head back to the ballpark on the corner of 3rd and King. As we enter the ballpark, we discover that a garden is located beyond the center field fence…

20170425_183117 Yes folks, that is a garden inside the ballpark. 

20170425_183108Lets check out the garden…

20170425_184119(0)Magic Gnome making himself feel at home. That Giants fan be askin’ “Who let that Dodger Gnome in?”

20170425_18413420170425_184145Even with all the Dodger Blue, our Magic Gnome gives this garden, dare Drei say it, a Magic Blue Touch ?

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Hey! These fellow Dodger fans found you Magic !!! All this cruising got Drei hungry…

20170425_174753That “Dodger Blueberry Shortcake” sure looks good. They must have known we we’re coming…

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Now THAT is a feast ! Drei really liked that cauliflower flatbread on the left. They even have a fennel sausage flatbread here in the garden. Everything was soooooooo good !!!

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Hey, Sourdough Sam even joined us !!!

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HUGE SHOUTOUT to our master-chefs and their staff !!!

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Drei THANKS YOU for all your hospitality, even with all my Dodger Blue on !!! Drei will have a feature on The Garden at AT&T Park both here and on Stadium Journey soon…

20170425_180550 It was quite a day…For Drei…In The City By The Bay…Drei even snagged a BP shot…

20170425_185523It really was quite a day for Drei…Cruising The Streets of San Francisco…Painting the Town Blue…Feeling the love from the locals…From McCovey Cove to The Haight and back (Again we wonder, why all the reminders to Drei, Magic and Blue Dog about Haight?) Oh yeah, all this capped off by a win by The Blue Crew. We sure turned The Bay…Blue

In the City By The Bay, on the days leading to the 50th Anniversary of The Summer of Love, for two cities and teams that have a long storied rivalry, it is possible that between us, Peace and Love (And good food) can exist…

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“Always great to hang with you up here Blue Dog…Good Times Sammy! I won’t tell you buddy Lou Seal that we kicked it together…”

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Time to head back to L.A.