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Dallas X 2

Posted in photos, road, travel with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 9, 2010 by afuntanilla

As my life would have it, I have spent the past 2 weekends in Dallas, Texas. This was only the second time I have ever actually stayed in Dallas or surrounding area. The last time was way back in 2002 as I drove from SF to Atlanta and stayed in Plano, not far from Dallas. That was a visit that was strictly due to traveling across the country, but these last 2 trips were squarely on purpose and with GOOD purpose.

On October 23rd, as I sat in my house watching game 6 of the NLCS between San Francisco & Philadelphia, I knew there was a chance I would have to decide if I wanted to take a stab at acquiring World Series tix to one of the games on Texas. Going to San Francisco was out of the question as plane tickets were sky high. No pun intended. As I watched the Giants celebrate their NL Pennant win, I anxiously and nervously sat at the computer searching sites to find tickets to Game 1 in TX on Oct 30th. I looked & looked and finally found some that looked within my financial means. My heart was racing with excitement and then thinking, “Oh my god…should I do it, should I do it??” I texted 2 friends and their immediate answers were “YES.” I already knew the answer myself, but it was one of those times you just had to get affirmation from someone else, you know? I mean, c’mon…a chance to see the San Francisco Giants in the World Series? How could I pass it up?
With a click of a few buttons and a lot of jumping and screaming around my house, I had purchased the game & plane tickets.
Fast Forward to game day >>>>>>>>>>>>>>
Kera & I made our way to the game at the beautiful Rangers Ballpark at Arlington.

We were both bursting with excitement although I was more like in awe and Kera was like a little kid. So awesome. The energy in the ballpark was beyond words. And that was BEFORE the game began. It was a serious SEA of RED and NAVY BLUE…mostly red…it seemed like everywhere I turned, people were wearing a Rangers Red Jersey or Red T-shirt.

Sprinkled in between the massive red/blue fan base were specks of Orange and Black. Actually, many more SF Gaints fan than I would have thought. When I say any of them, we exchanged hi-fives and I even got a picture with some serious fans.

Before the game began, I thought, “it doesn’t matter who wins this game, i’m just happy to be here.” And that was true…for the moment. I was happy for the fans of Dallas who have waited a loooong time for their team to come around. I was happy for the Rangers who were a spectacular team all season long and most deserving of being AL East Champs.
Well, my thought of “it doesn’t matter..” quickly vanished as soon as the Rangers took a 3-0 lead in the 2nd inning.¬†When you are sitting in the oppositions house and are behind and all kinds of fans are madly screaming and waving their damn rally towels, you sure as hell want YOUR team to start winning.

My competitiveness took over and I was seriously hoping for a strong comeback from the Orange/Black. Kera was all in Ranger Red and rooting for her home team. We were both in a little quandry, i think, because we both wanted each others team to win….

When the Rangers went up 3-0, the ballpark was nothing short of THUNDEROUS. The noise level was unbelievable and even though SFG was losing, how could I still not be happy for those fans??
I don’t think I have ever been anywhere as loud. On the flip side, when the giants scored their second run to close the gap at 4-2 in the 8th inning, I don’t think i have ever heard a place so packed full of people get so eerily quiet within seconds. That run would be SF’s last gasp for THAT evening. Thank goodness we were still up 2 games to 1.

As we exited the ballpark via the circular ramp, fans were going nuts…hootin’ and hollerin’ the way good texas fans can. And you know what, i was truly happy for them. Kera and I were part of history. First World Series win, EVER, in Ranger Stadium. Pretty damn cool.

My second trip to Dallas took place this past weekend. This trip had already been on the books to go see Kera & friends. I stayed at the Hotel Palomar in Dallas and it was more than a perfect place to stay. Wonderful service, spacious rooms & L’Occitane products in the bathroom. What more does one need? (they are part of Kimpton Hotels)

We met up some other Dallas peeps on Friday night and that was a blast. Fun, laughter and good times. Good peeps! Saturday, we had no agenda, but we knew we wanted to hang more with Emery. She suggested the Dallas Arboretum. It was a prefect suggestion because I NEVER GO TO PLACES LIKE THIS. WHY? I HAVE NO IDEA. They were having some kind of Pumpkin Festival and I felt like I was in some kind of movie like the Wizard of Oz or something but Pumpkin Land. It was awesome and beautiful!

Kera's Pic

Weather in Dallas this weekend was spectacular. Clear, blue skies. No clouds in sight. Low 70’s. Ran on both Saturday and Sunday from Hotel and around the SMU area. Gorgeous neighborhood/homes. Peaceful and calm and FLAT. Yee-Haw! While running on Sunday, I came across women and a few men walking their 3rd day of the 3-Day breast cancer walk. AWESOME. I was inspired. I cheered them on and gave some hi-five’s to some of the lady. Saw a couple of funny signs: SAVE THE JUGS and TEXAS HOOTERS & HONEYS.

Back to back great weekends in Big D.

Oh, and in case you have not heard. What happened after SF lost the game to Texas? They went on to win 2 more games and became….CHAMPIONS

Wow. What a year! Congratulations, Giants!

The misfit team that made it happen…

Posted in photos, quotes with tags , , , , , on October 27, 2010 by afuntanilla

They are a team of self proclaimed “misfits & outcasts”. They are not the team that was expected to even win the NL wild card, let alone be in the freaking World Series. They are a line-up that doesn’t scare any pitcher. The last time the team won the World Series, they were the NY Giants (1954). They are the one and only San Francisco Giants.

A few more tidbits for you:

1) Right Fielder Cody Ross was picked up off waivers from Florida in August. He went on to win the MVP award during the NLCS.

2) Left Fielder Pat Burrell was picked after being released from Tampa Bay. He has been a crucial part of the offense.

(what is it about FL teams that let ’em go? who cares? THANKS!)

3) The team ERA led all of baseball in ERA during the season

4) ERA against the Atlanta Braves/Philadelphia Phillies was 2.47

5) Manager Bruce Bochy made the gutsy call to leave Barry Zito off all of the post-season rosters, including the World Series. Zito is signed to the Giants biggest contract at $126 million. Bochy plays the players who make it happen and unfortunately for Zito, he has struggled too much to be included on the roster.

Quotes from players:

Brian Wilson: “Not one single guy on team is a stud. We’ve got 25 guys dressing up and being a different hero each night.”

Cody Ross: “I checked into a hotel a few months ago and nobody asked for my autograph. I checked into a hotel a couple of days ago, the same hotel, and everyone’s asking for it…i embrace it. I enjoy it and I love it.”

Back in late march, i made a prediction via twitter that the giants would win the NL West. I did not even think beyond that…i just didn’t. Do I think they can win the World Series. Why not? They have great pitching, great defense, and clutch timely hitting. It’s not about who is a better team. Winning in the playoffs and World Series is about what team is playing better RIGHT NOW. They will have their hands full with The Rangers.

I’m thrilled for the Rangers who have never been to the post-season. It’s so great to see these no-name type teams get the attention they so deserve. Looking at the pictures from media day…these guys are BEAMING…like little kids. So excited. I hope they all have fun, enjoy the spotlight and soak it all in. Who knows when this opportunity will arise again. Good Luck to my beloved SF GIANTS.


Posted in random with tags , , , on September 18, 2010 by afuntanilla