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Cruising The N.L. West, San Francisco 5/1

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Throughout this 2019 season it is my goal to catch our Boys in Blue in every NL West venue. Though I’ve have been to each venue and have seen my share of Dodgers games in San Diego and San Francisco, it’s been awhile since i’ve been to either Chase or Coors Field. When I last set foot inside Chase Field, it was known than as Bank One Ballpark, or simply , The BOB. I’ve made two trips there, in ’99 and in ’03 to see the Dodgers do battle with the ‘Snakes as Hideo Nomo would pitch a masterpiece with Eric Gagne collecting one of his saves during his record breaking streak. 

I would venture to Coors Field in August of ’06 on my ballpark journey to see the Rockies take on the Mets for a couple of games. It was during the second game a Long Beach State Dirtbag, some guy named Troy Tulowitzky would make his MLB debut. 

But of all the NL West yards, I’ve yet to see my Boys In Blue in the Mile High City. And for that matter, it’s been 16 years since I’ve seen The Blue in Downtown Phoenix. While it’s still my goal to venture to all 30 MLB parks, my goal for this year is to catch the Blue in every NL West yard in the same season. 

As of now, I’ve been to and seen games at 16 current yards, 7 past and set foot inside one other former yard and passed by another relic.  Of the total 9 former yards, two are still  standing and one is still in use. If all goes well for me, my count of current yards will be 17 come September. 

So as I venture my way through each NL West city and venue all Dodger Blue, I’ll also be sharing other ventures as well.  

As I have mostly done with my trips up north, I’ve been as economical as possible by using the Flixbus. On this occasion I have decided to red-eye it both ways, leaving L.A. on Tuesday evening on the last day of April…

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Though we would arrive to The City about 30 minutes late, I would still have enough time to catch the Golden Gate Transit to San Rafael to catch a connecting train to Petaluma. With a whole day ahead of me I decide to venture outside The City…

20190501_060422Wednesday Morning, May 1, 2019. In the distance, you can see the light towers from AT&T, ahem, Oracle Park

After arriving in Petaluma shortly after 8:30, I would venture into this Hallie’s Diner. I would start my day with their fried plantain rum souffle. 

 

 

The diner is very intimate and gives you that classic Americana vibe. Though my breakfast was anything but American, the plantains are just the way I remember dining on many Filipino and Latin dishes. I really wanted to get an omelette with my souffle and had I known the omelette’s served we’re not so big I may have ordered one. Oh well. Perhaps the next time I find myself around these parts I can double my pleasure. Oh, speaking of that classic American vibe… 

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Cruisin’ through 1962. Before Star Wars, George Lucas had American Graffiti. One of my favorite movies because of the music and the classic car culture of the early 60s. I decided to take a stroll through some of the spots where AG was filmed. Above is the corner where Toad’s accident occurred during his failed street race…

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It was at this corner where Carol, after getting splashed by a water balloon, gets her revenge with the help of badass John Milner…

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As for that building…

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More American Graffiti and sights of Petaluma soon…

Moving on, I now hop back aboard the SMART Train  on my way to Santa Rosa for another venture before The Blue’s Wednesday evening battle against the hated one’s. This time, my venture takes me to the Charles Schulz Museum. Many of you may be familiar with that name as he is the creator of all those classic Peanuts cartoons. 

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The Charles Schulz Museum is a small 2-story museum which features many of his work with a special feature on the 50th anniversary of Woodstock, for whom best bud would be named after

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Just a couple of us “Blockheads”… To this day, like Chuck, I still have a hard time comprehending what certain people who call themselves adults say. It’s as if all I hear coming out of their mouth’s is “WAH WAH WAH WAH WAH…”

SAN FRANCISCO OPEN YOUR GOLDEN GATE…

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Of course this isn’t the first time Drei has done this…

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Even local legend Karl The Fog provided for a nice backdrop…

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Oracle Park. Now under it’s FOURTH NAME in just it’s 20th season !!! Hey, that female Dodger fan just gave me an idea…

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Since opening in 2000 I’ve ventured inside 18 times. The Blue came out victorious 10 of those 18 times so I guess I can say my presence has helped…

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Tonight’s eats…The 40 clove chicken garlic sandwich and garlic fries. Yes, the mints we’re included (I get a feeling I won’t be heckled tonight…). In spite of the early 6:45 PM start time, I would still have enough time to down my meal. As for the 6:45 first pitch, it’s something the Giants are doing for Monday-Thursday evening games, something that would never work in L.A….

Because i’ve taken so many trips here over the years I didn’t bother taking many pics tonight…(OK, my battery ran low from all the pics taken earlier in the day…)

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Oracle Park’s new board. Come October these two will be neighbors. It’s funny how both these team’s fanbase has expanded throughout the Bay since 2010…Some of these folks don’t recall baseball played at Candlestick and some of these folks think Run TMC is that famous rap trio from the 80’s…

A lot of teams partner up with another local team or school during these theme nights. The Dodgers have done so with all the pro and several local colleges as well. Across the bay the A’s have done their theme nights, even having a Cal-Stanford night. The A’s though never seem to have an A’s-Raiders night…Hmmmm….

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Triples Alley. This is where home runs and long fly’s come to die. There’s been recent talk about possibly moving in the fences sometime in the future and maybe relocating the bullpensA couple fans I spoke with said they like the deep dimensions. I also understand the concern for moving the bullpens to the outfield as well as i’ve never cared for bullpens being in the field of play. 

The game would be a classic pitchers duel between Hyun-Jin Ryu and longtime nemesis Madison Bumgarner. The game would remain tied at one until the home ninth, when with two outs Buster Posey would deliver a 2-out walk-off single off Pedro Baez to give the Giants a 2-1 win over The Blue…

20190501_215438Postgame…A Flock of Seagull’s. Time for the locals to run so far away…

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Yard One of my Blue Journey through the NL West is complete. Where will my next journey be?

Extra Innings…Oracle Blue Out

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OK. Time to catch that red-eye Flixbus back to L.A. But before Drei leaves The Bay, there’s something Drei need’s to do to repay Kid back for this pic he sent from that “HIPSTER FEST” called Coachella… 

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Because Drei know’s how much  you love IHeart Radio, Kid…

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Two can play this game…

Here’s some past pics from AT&T Park from April 2018

‘Til the next episode…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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L.A. to The Bay…February 16, 2019

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Saturday morning, February 16th. The second of my L.A. to The Bay excursions and again I find myself taking the early morning econo-bus to The Bay. This time, my trip takes me Palo Alto, CA, 20 minutes north of San Jose, where the FlixBus will take me.
Just days after one of our heaviest storms of the season that closed The Grapevine, the main route used by FlixBus, the weather on this Saturday afternoon has cleared up enough to allow passage through. San Jose here we come !!!

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Once again, our rest stop finds us at Kettleman City. Unlike the last time when I stopped at In N Out on the way back to L.A, I decided to change it up a bit…

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If I had more time I’d have loved to check out some of the other local eats, especially the ice cream. Instead I settled for this pulled pork burger from Wild Jack BBQ…

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Pulled pork burger with cole slaw and black beans. Actually not bad…

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Something about these kitschy road stops along the interstate…

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Though the rain would stay away throughout the day, the clouds would continue to follow. My timing could not have been any better. The winter storm would clear up in time to re-open I-5 through the Grapevine. I-5 would close up again the next day…
After arriving to San Jose, I would catch the light rail to the neighboring town of Mountain View.

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Before catching the commuter train to Palo Alto I make a quick stop for a sweet treat at Olympus Caffe and Bakery…

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Revani. A semolina cake with heavy sweet syrup…YUM…

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Off to Palo Alto…

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And moments later…Later that evening I would head to Maples Pavilion for that evenings college hoops game between UCLA and Stanford…

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Maples Pavilion. Home of the Stanford Cardinal…

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This is the fourth Pac-12 school I have ventured to see my Bruins in action…As for the result, well…

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Even with the huge loss, there’s no such thing as a bad road trip…Check out my review of the Stanford Basketball gameday experience at Stadium Journey
Back to L.A., Sunday 2/17/2019

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Sunday morning in Palo Alto. Waiting for the Caltrain to San Jose where I will catch the Amtrak’s Coast Starlight back to L.A…

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Just before 10 AM in San Jose. Southland Metrolink riders should be familiar with those cars…
Though my train to L.A. is scheduled for a 10:10 AM departure, as per Amtrak custom, the Coast Starlight, originating from Seattle, is running two hours late. Hey, it could be worse. Over a week later passengers on this same train found themselves stuck in a rural Oregon town for 37 straight hours…

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To kill time I would walk a few blocks to San Pedro Square and find myself here at The Farmers Union.

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Eggs benedict with lump crab and home potatoes…Overall a pretty satisfying breakfast
My overall dining experience on this trip to The Bay wasn’t so hella overwhelming this time…(Oops, there I go again with hella. Spending hella time in the hella Bay will hella do that to you…)
Vida Abundante

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Abundant life. Life should be so filled with abundance. This is the featured mural from this trip to the bay…Between L.A. and The Bay are an abundance of murals from many talented artists. I really should take more pics of our murals in L.A…
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A hella vibrant abundance of fruits and veggies…Here’s more on the Da Anza Mural dubbed “Vida Abundante”

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Old Glory waving proudly in front of San Jose Diridon…

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Inside the lobby…


Some local rail memorabilia…

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Waiting patiently with Blue for our train to arrive…In the distance, the SAP Center, home of the San Jose Sharks…

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Just a few more minutes before Drei heads to L.A….

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And finally…Train 11, The Coast Starlight to L.A., now arriving…

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Goodbye for now, San Jose…
Along the way to L.A…

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This shot has me thinking of The Wizard of Oz…
Passing through Salinas…

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And now Paso Robles…


On the way to San Luis Obispo…

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We’re almost home Blue !!!

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I was hoping once we passed San Luis Obispo there would still be enough sun for us to catch the sunset along the ocean. With the train running late and being in the middle of February unfortunately there was no chance at snapping some shots of the sunset out in the ocean…
Almost home…

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As we now pass through Van Nuys, we’re about 30 minutes away from L.A. That old dilapidated pedestrian bridge that’s never in use? That’s an old pedestrian bridge from the days when a Busch Gardens theme park was housed here. Should you ever take a tour of the Busch Brewery you just may see some other remains from the old theme park…

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Van Nuys, CA

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As we make a quick stop in Van Nuys, as we wait atop this overpass on Van Nuys Blvd. in the distance in our not-so-great quality photo atop the sign is a neon blue P greeting visitors to The Plant. Opened in 1999, the shopping center once housed a General Motors automobile factory. Below us in the Van Nuys Blvd. underpass is a mural of several GM vehicles…

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After being delayed almost 2.5 hours we make it home to L.A. only 50 minutes past its originally scheduled 9PM arrival. Anyone who works in for Amtrak or travels the rails frequently will tell you that trains while always never on time always make up time along it’s route…

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Finally home…


Union Station L.A.

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Feels good to be home don’t it Blue? In no time plenty of Dodger Blue clad fans will be roaming these confines on their way to the Dodger Stadium shuttles…It’s almost that time of year for our favorite catchphrase…”IT’S TIME FOR…”
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The old ticketing hall and waiting area, located at the front. Today, it stands mostly vacant, used mostly for filming and other special events…
Well, that’s my L.A. to The Bay recap, part 2 of how many this year. This time, a little history revisited. What will Drei’s next L.A. to The Bay journey bring?

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From L.A. to The Bay…And Back…With Drei…’Til the Next Episode…

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L.A. to The Bay…January 12, 2019

Thanks to econo bus services like Flixbus and Megabus, turnaround trips from L.A. to The Bay have been possible for me. As a freelance writer for Stadium Journey who has provided news and reviews of venues from SoCal to NoCal, these budget friendly busses do come in handy. However, every now and then I do like to travel by rail.

Last year, I was able to travel to The Bay a total of four times, reviewing both the homes of baseball’s Giants and Athletics, as well as Haas Pavilion, the college basketball home of the Cal Golden Bears.

My first L.A. to The Bay trip for 2019 will take me to the campus of the University of San Francisco, where I will be doing a review of War Memorial Gym…College basketball home of the USF Dons. But first, the journey toward The Bay…

20190112_083231Up the Grapevine, Saturday, January 12

Prior to my departure from L.A. just after 7AM, we had been rained upon heavily. As we made our way up I-5 toward The Grapevine the clouds would follow but the rain would hold off. After a little over 3 hours, our rest stop would find us in Avenal. Our choice of eats was very limited as our stop only had one gas station and one of two choices for eats…Little Cesar’s and this…

20190112_103536The nice thing about El Sabroso is that it’s a convenient 24-hour stop for those drivers along the outskirts of I-5. As for my machaca burrito…

20190112_102159Meh…But what do you expect from your typical rest stop eatery…

20190112_103523The sun is starting to peak through…

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After arriving to The City just past 2, with a little over 4 hours to kill I decide to walk around and take some pics of the construction of the Golden State Warriors new home over at nearby Mission Bay as well as the changes around the Giants yard… Time to change that sign…

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The future home of the Golden State Warriors, the Chase Center, located in Mission Bay down the street from the Jints, ahem, Giants playground…

After taking some pics of the construction progress of The Chase Center, it’s time to take a walk up 3rd Street…

20190112_152852(0)From the Lefty O’Doul Bridge. New board coming…

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20190112_153357Oracle Park. Oracle won the naming rights earlier in the week. In the meantime, AT&T Park signs are still up…

20190112_153813No need to change the name of our beloved classic yard, right Blue Dog?

20190112_153702Hey Sammy, that’s 4 names in 20 years already….

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One last pic before they take down the AT&T sign. Hey, I got my SF on…Forever Hella Faithful, right? Did I just say, Hella?

After a quick stop to my hotel, I head toward The Haight for a quick bite before heading to the USF campus. In the past I would have just done an immediate turnaround back to L.A. but these days I just don’t have the energy to do late night bus rides anymore…

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Something about this corner that happened in some Summer of ’67 that draws tourists here…

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USF. A Jesuit college just a few blocks north of The Haight…

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War Memorial Gym, aka The Hilltop. Tonight’s game features the USF Dons against the number 5 ranked team in the country, Gonzaga. Whenever I think of Gonzaga hoops moments taking place in The Bay, these sights and sounds, and the voice of Gus Johnson comes to mind…

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The Hilltop is your old-school gym. When filled to the rafters, as it was on this evening, The Hilltop can have that classic intimate charm. 

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The Dons would put up a great fight on this Saturday evening but the ‘Zags would pull away late. USF could be one of those sleeper teams that could wear a glass slipper come March if they can continue their strong season and show a stronger presence come conference tourney time…

20190112_211735Gonzaga comes out on top…

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20190112_212241Kickin’ it with Don Francisco…

20190112_213056 My standard postgame shot from halfcourt…

Drei’s Bites…Slice House Haight by Tony Gemignani vs Escape From NY Pizza

Prior to the game I went over to Slice House Pizza. After the game I went back to The Haight, this time to Escape From New York Pizza. After some previous Yelp searches, I decided i’d cruise through these two and do a comparison…

20190112_172025The Purple Haze, Slice House Haight…

My first slice for the night was the Purple Haze. Topped off with Mozzarella, Pancetta, Rosemary, Pesto, Feta, Oregano, Romano, Garlic Oil and the featured Purple Potato this slice managers to fit all these ingredients nicely while also being nicely presented. 

20190112_220308You Say Potato, Escape From NY Pizza…

My postgame appetite would bring me to Escape From NY Pizza for a slice of the You Say Potato. This slice would be topped off with Roasted Potatoes & Roasted Garlic Cloves over Pesto Sauce. Oh does Drei love him some garlic. 

So, between the two, which slice comes out the winner?

The Purple Haze does a nice job of putting all those ingredients together while at the same time not having any one topping be to overly dominant

You Say Potato has a nice concept and I can never have enough garlic. But unlike the thinly sliced purple potatoes on The Purple Haze, the potatoes on my slice of You Say Potato are just to thick. Even with the cloves and pesto, my potato slice probably could have used more flavor. So the winner…THE PURPLE HAZE

More on these two eateries soon…

Back to L.A., Sunday, January 13

Before heading back to L.A. I head toward the Castro for my morning bite at Orphan Andy’s for some Chicken Fried Steak and Eggs. This is probably the first time I set foot into this 24-hour diner while the sun was up…

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Across the street from Orphan Andy’s is this newly painted mural of Harvey Milk…

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Between the rival cities, L.A. and S.F. have their fair share of attractive murals. Here’s one of Robin Williams on Market Street…

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Allright, time to head to Oak-Town to catch my ride back to L.A. 

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Somewhere by those cranes a new ballyard will be in place for the Oakland A’s…Hopefully

20190113_101615.jpgThe ride across the Bay Bridge…

20190113_111118Down 101. Hey, I don’t see Candlestick Park anywhere…

Of course, one last rest stop before heading to L.A. This time, our rest stop takes us to Kettleman City in front of this…

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20190113_151755Oh yeah, a 3×3 with extra onions…

20190113_152043With fries, Extra Well. I always ask for them extra will. I love that crispiness that gives my fries that hot off the fryer, potato chip texture…

Well, that wraps up my first L.A. to The Bay adventure for 2019. Next one will come next month as I make my way toward Palo Alto. What will come about on my next L.A. to The Bay adventure?

20190112_152951That hella vibe I get when I visit The Bay…I’m almost to that point where every other Hella word I say is gonna Hella turn out to be…Hella

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

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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 5…Drei’s Talez of Kezar and The ‘Stick…Kid’s Beatz From Hippie Hill

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When it comes to the beatz…When it comes to the talez…As Kid once told me…”We make magic together, Drei”

As I like to tell Kid, it’s Kid with The Beatz…Drei with The Talez. Though Drei tells many a tale of Kid N Drei, without Kid Marlz Beatz and other fun stuff, there is no magic behind Kid N Drei’s talez…

20170913_152405(0).jpgSourdough Sam in front of some old seats from Candlestick Park, many a familiar sight to Sammy…

Kezar Stadium. Home to the 49ers from 1946-70. Though the original structure was demolished in 1989, a sense of history can still be felt. After a nice stroll along The Golden Gate Bridge, Kid N Drei now find themselves inside the hallowed ground of old Kezar. Today, Kezar Stadium is the hosts to high school football games as the San Francisco Delta’s soccer. The 49ers have also been known to come back to Kezar once a year for pre-season camp. Mostly though, Kezar is used for recreational purposes, with locals roaming the track. Recently, Kezar installed seats from old Candlestick Park, giving fans, especially this one, a chance to soak in history from two of The City’s historic venues of past glory. Though Drei wasn’t around during Kezar’s heydeys, over the years, as a fan of the Dodgers and 49ers, Drei has had a love-hate relationship with Candlestick. It was at The ‘Stick where a dynasty was launched with one leap of a catch. It was also at Candlestick where Drei got his first taste of the Dodgers/Giants rivalry in 1982 thanks to one swing of Joe Morgan’s bat. Drei’s personal favorite Candlestick moment? Young to Owens, Catch 2.

20170913_152346.jpgOnly Drei can make these two get along…

20170919_000724.pngKid N Drei, enjoying a bit of tranquility inside Kezar’s surroundings…I’ll be honest. We weren’t exactly on our best behavior the entire time…But that’s for another day…Just think of parts of this day as “Boys Being Boys…”

After doing a lot of exploring through various Muni routes and a lot of walking, Kid N Drei decide to just “hella” chill for a bit inside Kezar’s historic surroundings…Soaking in the history…The atmosphere…The mystique. But most of all, Kid N Drei would just kick it, spending some quality time between the two brohams… The day really was going by so fast we hardly noticed time passing by. 

20170918_235446.pngKid N Drei, being all mischievous. As I said, we weren’t exactly on our best behavior the entire time, especially Kid…LOL 

Well, enough of Drei’s tale of Kezar and Candlestick. How ’bout we cruise on over to Hippie Hill, you know, for some of Kid’s beatz…You know, “Like Cruising Music…”

Sounds “Hella” good Drei !

Kid Marlz, putting on a show on the same hill where George Harrison, Janis Joplin and Jefferson Airplane entertained the anti-establishment during some Summer of Love, 50 years ago? “Is that “HELLA” right, Drei”

You really are “hella” feeling that Bay Area vibe, aren’t you Kid?

It that “hella” right, Drei ?

Hey Kid. Let’s take one last stroll through The Panhandle before we head to the ballpark.

Sounds “hella” good, Drei.

20170919_001334.pngFrom the Golden Gate… Love not hate…Through The Haight…Peace and Love…From Kid N Drei

Part 6, the last part, coming soon, with some holiday vibes. It took awhile to come back here, but Kid N Drei didn’t go anywhere… 

 

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. 

20170913_124203.jpgNo fog could stop Drei from having a “Good Dre” in The Bay

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…

20170913_135712.jpgPeace and Love…In The City By The Bay…From The Golden Gate…With a Touch of Blue…From Kid N Drei