Friday, October 26, 2012

Together We ARE Giant! Go San Francisco Giants

When my husband suggested back in the beginning of 2012 that we buy season tickets to the SF Giants baseball games I was livid.  What the hell?  We never go to baseball games and the couple of times I did in recent years I was bored out of my mind.  (I won't mention which team was playing but they are across the bay.)

I was not behind my husband.  These tickets are expensive.  The only consolation was that they were actually for our business and by taking clients and giving away tickets to them also the season tickets would be a write off.

A few weeks passed and, honestly, I thought he forgot about this silly idea of buying season tickets.


Before I knew I got a text one day asking if the seats he chose where acceptable to me.  I really didn't care.  Like I said I was bored at any other games I had been to.  I just told him sure and figured I lost this battle and I will not see him most of the season because he will be at Giants games with clients.

He bought 2 season tickets.

I was not happy and not impressed.  He wanted me to be happy but I couldn't bring myself to justifying the price he paid.

Until I went to my first game...

I gave into his requests and attended my first Giants baseball game in April 2012.  I figured I would drink a few beers to get me through this then I can go home and he'll leave me alone about baseball for a couple of months.

We parked down the street from AT&T Park so had to walk in.  As I was walking I could feel the energy of the area.  A few bars and restaurants buzzing with people wearing orange and "Fear The Beard" shirts.  (In reference to Brian Wilson, pitcher for Giants but did not play the 2012 season because of injury.) It was getting a little exciting.

Then I saw the stadium!!! It was like going back in time!  AT&T stadium is brick and set up like the old ballparks now torn down to accommodate more people and city codes.

AT&T park is an amazing stadium.  I was awestruck!  (My photos don't give it justice.)

The park feels like a piece of history with statues of Willie Mays, Orlando Cepeda and Willie McCovey, all of whom are famous Giants. The Old style brick and seating.  The stadium is also set in the a city setting (not set outside the city limits) so as you walk in you are struck by this huge structure.

I could go on about the stadium.  It is a great place to just hang out, eat and see the huge coke bottle and glove.  A trolley car sits the bay side of the stadium where you can look out at the Bay Bridge and the Bay.

My husband showed me around the park.  I was already having fun thinking about the history of the New York Giants and how they came to be in San Francisco.  So much history with this franchise.

The game was amazing!  They announced the Giants and everyone was cheering.  And it was sold out, like all the games this season.  The crowd was alive and the players played great.

At this point I knew I was hooked.

Going into the game I knew about Brian Wilson and Buster Posey (I read a bit about the team before I came).  And I knew about Angel Pagan and Pablo Sandoval from listening to local radio.  It was exciting to see them play!

You know what else?  I have become a fan of the game.  I watch teams that are not mine, not to cheer but to check out the competition.  To see who is good.  And at times, the woman in me gets the better of my hormones and checks out who is hot.  And believe me, ladies, there are plenty of hot men in MLB!

Now, 6 months later, I am obsessed.  Honestly, I came to be a fan of this team blind.  I barely knew they won the World Series in 2010.  But if you know me now, I know about players and stats, I wear orange when they play, and I look forward to any home game I can attend.  I get angry at them when they lose or play like shit but still back them against any other team.  I know all the nicknames and slogans for the team and the players. I know all the major events that happen this year, like Cain's Perfect Game and Sandoval's 3 homers in Game 1 of the World Series!! ( I was there!!)

I scream and yell for my boys in orange.  I am a Giants fanatic fan.

Cain's Perfect Game


Now.  They are in the World Series!! OMG!! I never thought they would actually get National West title, let alone make it past great teams like the Reds and Cardinals to get here.  (Believe me, I definitely want them to make it but there were times I doubted they could play well enough to knock out teams that had better stats.) This is an amazing team!!  They are a "TEAM" in all sense of the word.  They work together to make it happen, mentally and physically. 

What a treat to a new fan!!  You guys are amazing! 

Friday, October 19, 2012

Suburban Trumps Minivan, Well, Only if Minivan is Driven by Crazy Mom

Dear Crazy Minivan Mom,

This morning, yes, I was running late taking my daughter to school. But I sure was not going let her be late.

As I turned right onto the main street, I had the unfortunate luck of being behind you. As you meandered in the right lane going 10 mph UNDER the speed limit, I figured I needed to legally pass you on the left in order to get my daughter to school on time.

I got in the left lane and proceeded to speed up to the speed limit to get around you. And turned on my right blinker to signal I was getting back over. As I glanced into my right side mirror, because I needed back in the right lane,  I noticed you were actually rather close to my car in the that lane. Huh? I thought I could easily pass you, I mean I did watch my vehicle pass yours. At that moment I realized, you were not going to let me in the lane. You sped up!! 

Let the games begin!   As I needed back in the lane, I sped up.  Now I am going 5 mph over the speed limit but I can see you are right next to me.  OK!  Let's do this, my car is bigger than yours. Ha!  I decided to get over. 

Apparently, I cut you off because you honked like a mad woman!  This action made me say a few choice words in front of my daughter, who, by the way, is celebrating her 12 birthday today! Thanks, see what you made me do!?

Job done.  I got in the right turning lane as you proceeded BEHIND me. I gave you a nice wave and continued my day.

My daughter was not late to school.  And I got a great chuckle from you attempted to take on my  Suburban.

So next time, crazy mom, don't take on a mom crazier than you. 

Love and Kisses,

Yep, that's my baby. 

No cars, children or people were physically harmed in the race to be better.  Some feelings were hurt.  But who cares.
Also, I am not implying any vehicle is better than any other.  I was on a mission to beat you!    

Saturday, October 6, 2012

SF Giants Style!

I love the SF Giants! 

This is cheesy but funny!

 Heeeyyy! Buster Posey!!!

Friday, October 5, 2012

Frugality When Kids Get Older, #FrugalPhotoFriday

When my kids were little I could send them to school with a lunch box and reusable containers for everything.  It was a great way to help keep plastic out of the environment and save money by not having to buy sandwich bags, drinks and lunch bags.

Now my son is 14 and wouldn't be caught dead using reusable containers outside our home.  I understand, he has a reputation to keep up at school. LOL.  So I have to buy paper lunch bags, plastic sandwich bags and bottles of water. :(

But I did convince him to bring back the empty bottles so I can rinse, dry and reuse them again.

Small victories are still victories, right?  Now if I can get him to turn in his assignments...