6-9-12 (vs. San Diego)
I got back to Madison at 11:59 pm on Friday night, wrote the blog post about the day, and was in bed by 2:30 am. I got up at 10:00 and Victoria and I were on the road at 11:56. We made it to the Money Lot at 1:34, and I walked around for 30 minutes informing people about my mission and Be The Match. It can be fun and frustrating at the same time. One tailgate will be excited about either the baseball or my story, and then the next will have someone almost laughing at another member in their group as I’m telling them about the donor process and how easy it is to join the registry. I have no idea how I would react if someone came up to a tailgate I was in and explain what they’re doing, but I don’t think I would be tempted to laugh.
I met Victoria inside Miller Park at 2:20, and we went to section 225 to take game photo number 59. Only 103 games left to go, and it’s going by pretty fast.
After getting the picture we decided we wanted food, and we went to the Plaza Pavilion which is the outdoor concession stand near section 110 (first base side of the field level). Victoria got the Milwaukee steak sandwich and I had the brisket smothered bacon dog. Mine consisted of a bacon wrapped hot dog covered in BBQ’d brisket, caramelized onions, diced onions, and cheddar cheese. It’s $8.25 but was worth every penny. It deserves its own category but I’ll be including it in the hot dog count of the stats at the end.
We ate in the cross aisle below the press box so we could stay out of the sun as long as possible. After finishing we went to our seats, and sat down when it was a 2-2 count on the Padres leadoff hitter in the top of the first. I didn’t miss the first four pitches, and I saw them all as we walked under the press box windows to our seats. The Brewers got off to another great start, and took a 1-0 lead on an RBI double by Rickie Weeks in the bottom of the first. When Weeks was on second I got a picture of the contraption that he wears on his left hand. As you can see, it resembles an oven mitt. It’s to protect his hand on head first slides, and I think his brother wears one now as well (Jemile Weeks plays for the Oakland A’s).
In the top of the third the Padres tied it on an RBI infield single. The Brewers regained the one run advantage in the bottom of the fourth on an RBI single by Maldonado. The Padres came back and scored a run in the fifth, two in the sixth, and another in the seventh. The Brewers failed to score after fourth, and they left a total of 11 on base. Final Score: Padres 5 – Brewers 2.
Victoria and I are staying at her Aunt and Uncle’s house in Sussex again, and we were planning on going to a movie but were exhausted after the game. We stopped and got a take and bake pizza from Papa Murphy’s and a six pack of 8 ounce Miller Lite’s. Victoria had wanted a beer with our Gourmet Vegetarian pizza, but the Pick ‘N Save doesn’t sell single beers, and she thought the 8 ounce cans were cute. I will admit that I felt like a giant when I was drinking one, which is just what I needed after the tough loss.
It’s supposed to be 90 degrees tomorrow, and in the sun the weather guy said it will feel like over 100. For 1:10 start times our seats don’t get shade until 3:00 or so. Long story short; Victoria and I aren’t going to the game tomorrow. Made you think for a second, didn’t I? HA. We might just watch from the concourse for an hour and then go to our seats so we don’t fry.
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