6.11.2014

West Coast Love // Giants Game


So there's something y'all probably don't know about Dai: he is a baseball fanatic. Like, he just loves baseball anywhere, anytime. He has his few favorite teams, but ultimately he doesn't mind who is playing because he just likes to watch it no matter what. Plus, he knows something about every team in the MLB anyway. Following the Japanese baseball scene is definitely one of his favorite things as well.

Now, I do love baseball. Not as much as Dai, but I do love it. I remember going to games with my siblings and dad through the years, and it is one of my favorite memories of things we liked to do together. I also played softball in high school and really enjoyed it. So, my point is, when Dai proposes going to a game, I don't say no. This past weekend, we went to a San Francisco Giants game on Saturday with his friends visiting from out of town and then also went to a game just the two of us on Monday night! I'm not complaining.

I took the train up to the city to meet Dai when he got off of work and so we could head to the ballpark together. Since we had eaten dinner at the ballpark on Saturday night, we decided to wander around the Ferry Building and grab dinner at a new-to-us burger place. With our tummies full and ready for the game, we hopped on the local train that would take us to the park.
Funny story: When we went to the game on Saturday evening, Dai and I made a deal that if a particular player hit a home run, he would buy me a t-shirt. That player didn't hit a home run, but Dai still got me a shirt because he is just that sweet. Actually, we were walking to the parking lot and saw some people selling these Hello Kitty Giants shirts for pretty cheap. I know that these things sold outside the park, on the street, aren't really "genuine," but these shirts looked great and pretty legitimate looking. You know, not that weird knock-off look that some things have? Anyway, as we paid for the shirt, the guys were in a hurry as they gave us our change and were shoving the shirts back in a bag, apologizing by saying, "Sorry, the cops are coming so we have to hurry." LOL SO THAT HAPPENED. But hey, I got a super cute shirt out of it! And was able to put this "I'm cute and sporty" look together for the next game. Ta-da!
AT&T Park, where the Giants play, is such a beautiful stadium. It is just over 10-years-old and is pretty unique, with its wonderful views, fun details, and abundant food options. You see that old fashioned Coke bottle? It is actually a slide! I love that the park is right on the bay because of the stunning views, but it does make it quite chilly in the evenings. 
Now I don't know about your local MLB ballpark, but around these parts, garlic fries are the must-have, classic food choice. You just don't go to a Giants game without getting garlic fries. It all adds to the experience, you know? Also, Dai had seen this caramel corn around and wanted to finally track it, so we tracked it down to give it a try. It was actually super yummy! Definitely sugary, but so good. You are given a fork to eat it because the caramel is still gooey and wet, which is what makes it awesome in my opinion.
The Giants one when we came on Saturday, but no such luck on Monday night. We decided to leave a little early since we had two trains to take back home and they were losing 9-1 in the top of the 8th inning... As you can see, someone was a little distressed by this ;) Oh well, can't win them all!
Even though our team lost, we had a great time! I'm already looking forward to the next time we are going to in just a couple weeks :)

If you are ever in the Bay Area during baseball season, I definitely recommend fitting a game into your visit! Bonus points if you happen to see a game against the Oakland A's (our rivals just across the bay) or the LA Dodgers. Those ones tend to be pretty competitive and upbeat!

Do you like going to baseball games? Who do you root for?


8 comments:

Laura @ Inspiration.Sparks said...

i hate sports but this looks like fun! :P HAHA! and i'm obsessed with your Kitty-chan shirt!

Britt @ One&20 said...

I really dislike baseball but you looked so cute! And as a DC native, I know that face Dai is making all too well from Redskins games.

horsesofares said...

Whoa, that's a CUTE hello kitty jersey! I've only been to one baseball game in my life, but I played softball as a kid. Don't wanna brag or nothing, but... we won the 8th grade championship, oh yea. So I know a thing or two about baseball. ( Ahem. Lol, not really. ) Hope you guys had fun!

Jess // Foreign Room said...

Kitty-chan! It's hilarious because, as you know, she is literally everywhere in Japan. So, after a while when we were there, Dai would say things like "Look, Hello Kitty is such a whore. She is everywhere!" So silly, but hilarious!

Jess // Foreign Room said...

Aww thanks! Oh, they were playing the Nationals on this night! DC team too, right? Haha, oh the Giants have been on a losing streak this week so we are all kind of shaking our heads....

Jess // Foreign Room said...

Thank you! Oh, well I should definitely learn some things from you then ;)

Britt @ One&20 said...

Lol! I think the Nats might actually be good, but I wouldn't know. I remember being tortured as a kid when my dad forced us to Orioles games. I was NOT a fan of Daddy those days lol.

Jess said...

Tell Dai to check out the band The Baseball Project. He'll love it!

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