May 6th, 2012

5-5-12 (@ San Francisco)

This is actually a quick note about Friday, because I forgot to mention it. As Victoria and I were walking to the Bubble Lounge after the game, she spotted someone try to hail a cab, but it was three lanes away. She laughed a little and knew the cab couldn’t have gotten over because it was busy. Then she says, “Wait, isn’t that Nyjer, oh, and Telly?” I think Telly kind of heard her, and I said his name again. Telly said; “Hey Nyjer, come here, this was the guy I was telling you about.” I shook both their hands and Nyjer said “So you’re really doing it”. I said “yes, all 162, we’re 26 in now”. He wished me luck and they kept trying to catch a cab back to the hotel. I would’ve thought there would’ve been a team bus, but maybe they just missed it, who knows. Nonetheless, it was pretty cool.

Back to today; with the day game on Saturday, and the fact that I didn’t get home until midnight, I got up early and wrote the blog post for Friday. I finished just in time to leave for the game. Allison, Victoria and I jumped on the 12 bus and headed towards AT&T Park. We got to the park by 12:15, and headed to the upper deck to get game photo number 27.

We are now one sixth of the way through the season, and the Brewers are on pace for a 72 – 90 record. I’m really hoping for a turnaround, but as of right now I’m not the most optimistic person. I know it’s early still (kind of), but as you’ll read later, the injury bug has taken a pretty big bite out of our lineup.

We had some time before the game, so we got some lunch. As we were out in the concourse, Victoria pointed out a stand that had a half pound polish kielbasa. Yes, you read that correctly, a HALF POUND! I ordered it with everything on it, which is grilled peppers and onions, and sauerkraut. I added ketchup and some spicy brown mustard, and the whole thing had to be approaching a full pound.

I’m not sure that picture does it justice. As a frame of reference, I have slightly larger hands than the average male.

It was Sergio Romo bobble head day, but only for the first 20,000 fans. We all got one, but we think Victoria left it next to a seat when she was taking the game number picture. So you’re welcome, random fan. I’ll probably try to sell mine tomorrow, because there will be less fans that have it than if I tried selling it today. I would consider keeping it, but since it was a seven day trip, and I don’t check bags, my suitcase is completely maxed out.

As for the game; the Brewers got on the board early with an RBI single by Gonzalez in the second. Gonzalez stole second when Kottaras was batting, but slid awkwardly into second, and was injured. I haven’t gotten a chance to see a replay, but it sounds like he’ll be on the disabled list for quite a while. Gamel, Gomez, and now Gonzalez are all going to be on the DL, and Gamel and Gonzalez could miss the rest of the season. I know every team has injuries, but this stretch of four games has been rough.

Where we were sitting provided a great view of the entire field, and I took some pictures of the action. This is Wolf pitching during the fifth inning. I think this pitch wound up as a double, so maybe I should stop taking pictures.

The Brewers clung to the 1-0 lead, and squandered a bunch of great opportunities to tack on runs. In the fifth the Giants tied it up on Bumgarner’s RBI double. The Giants added three more in the sixth and took a 4-1 lead. The Brewers got one back in the eighth on Braun’s solo home run, but the Giants got it right back in the bottom half, and that was the game. Final score: Giants 5 – Brewers 2. With Matt Cain on the hill tomorrow, it’s going to be tough to win the series. I’m holding out hope that Marcum can match him pitch for pitch, and the Brewers can squeak one out.

After the game the three of us walked halfway back to Allison’s, and then took a cab the rest of the way. The second half was all up hill, and Allison picked up the bill because she hates walking up hills. After resting for a bit we went out for some mexican food since it was Cinco de Mayo. Allison said there was a place called Nick’s Crispy Tacos, and we walked the few blocks to get there. Clockwise from top left:

1) The ceiling decorations for Cinco de Mayo. The place also doubles as a dance club at night, called “Rouge”, thus the chandeliers.

2) Pescado, Nick’s fish tacos. Only one of them was mine, the other was Victoria’s.

3) A carne asado taco and a pollo asado taco. I had the steak, and Victoria the chicken. We didn’t order it “Nick’s Way”, which is when they add guacamole, cheese, and make one of the corn tortilla shells crispy. They messed up the order, and instead of having them make new tacos we just accepted the free guacamole.

Allison has three full size couches in her flat, Victoria and I are sleeping on two of them. This was where I slept last night, and yes, that is Winnie the Pooh.

I had brought up having “business” cards made so I could hand something out when I talk to people on the road and at home. I sent this to Be The Match for approval and they thought it looked good. I just have to place the order online somewhere. If you see me at some point during the season, stop and say hi. I’ll hook you up with a momento, and something to show your friends to help spread the word. I’m still debating on if I should put something on the back. I was thinking of using the quote: “Never regret growing older, it is a privilege denied to many.” I know it’s not the most professional, but I put some thought into it and am pretty happy with how it turned out.

Personal Stats:


Time inside AT&T Park: 3 hours 58 minutes
Time on stadium grounds: 4 hours 3 minutes
Public Transit Miles: 2.2
Miles in car but not driving: 1
Sausages: 1 (I think it should count as at least 2.5 though)
Pitches Missed: 0
Percentage of pitches seen: 100% (261/261)


Time inside stadiums: 110 hours 11 minutes
Time on stadium grounds: 132 hours 3 minutes
Miles driven: 1,957.4
Miles riding in car but not driving: 540.6
Public Transit miles: 165.3
Flight Miles: 3,283
Total distance traveled: 5,946 miles
Sausages: 18 (5 Hot Dogs, 5 Polish, 3 Bratwurst, 2 Italian, Cheddarwurst, Bison Dog, Corndog)
Pitches missed: 22
Longest streak of pitches seen: 1,116 (4/22 – 4/25)
Current streak of pitches seen: 268
Percentage of pitches seen: 99.72% (7,802/7,824)
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