The Giants made their annual trek to Washington yesterday to take on the Nationals. This is the team’s eighth series here and each has a story. Unforgettable is the first time they came in 2005. Bonds drew large crowds and clobbered his 705th home run into the upper deck at RFK in 2005. At the new park, Randy Johnson won his 300th in a game that was delayed by rain, and played the next day at 4 pm. Last year, the “defending champs” had a nice ring to it.
This year has several candidates, including the fact both teams are playoff contenders with seven combined All-Stars, and possibly eight.
My clearest memory, however, might come from not the action on the field, but in the stands. Don and Howard have gone with me in the past, but it did not work out that way this time. I figured the better half would be game, and she was.
Then an intriguing twist. The Cal Alumni Club of D.C. sent her an invitation to their get together at the Tuesday night game.
“Might be fun,” she said.
Turns out it was, with about 100 Berkeley Bears, spouses and friend sitting in Section 302. We were all the way down the third base line, and some were more interested in talking, but still a unique fan experience.
Anyway, the photos.
Couldn't resist asking these fine folks to pose.
Some guy named Matt Cain...
Mike Murphy. He's seen a few Giants games...
At a DC High School, this guy coached...
DC Cal Alumni cheering the Giants on.
The hills of Anacostia in the background. 38K, not bad considering it was 93 degrees.
A unique endorsement for Bryce Harper.
The Giants are an international brand.
This loyal fan went to see the Giants at the Polo Grounds as a youngster and drove down from New York for this game. She's my winner for most enthusiastic fan.