First off, let me say that I will soon be posting some photos from my day wandering around San Francisco, checking out the sites last Tuesday. The night I wandered, I went to the Giants game. That is the focus now. For you photo aficionados, you’ll enjoy know that AT&T Park, home of the Giants, is the only stadium that allows full-size tripods! I read this before, but couldn’t believe it until I contacted the stadium. I walked through the entrance with a tripod and camera bag, no questions asked. I never actually got to the seat that was printed on my ticket. Actually, I don’t think I ever sat down. I did what I do…I wandered, I looked for interesting viewpoints, I looked backward when everyone looked forward, and I checked out the game from many different places within the stadium: Just south of the stadium is the China Basin, apparently called “McCovey Cove.”
I did not record this video, but it shows what he was doing at the game Tuesday night. What would you expect a seal to do at a baseball game? Of course, sing a Queen song!
Incidentally, this area (the photo above) beyond left field is the party zone. Not officially, but isn’t the outfield always where people go when they just want to hang out and drink, and don’t have the money for expensive tickets? There are lots of food stands behind the scoreboard, several drinking areas, it kind of feels like a fair or carnival, and it is definitely the kind of the place where lots of people are obviously wasted…For a few innings, I stood in this area, in a standing room area just off of the walkway. I stood with my camera on the extended tripod, really just watching the game and deciding what to photograph next. Before I knew it, people walking by, mostly 20-something girls, saw my camera. In their not-fully-coherent state, they would walk up, stand and front of the lens and smile, or pose, or sometimes just be out of it. It was quite exciting! I won’t post those here, but it was really fun to take portraits of such willing participants. However, that’s not the point of this blog post.
Finally, I’m going to go ahead and sincerely apologize to the whole hispanic community, as well as anyone who likes “banda” music. Usually, closers come into the game in the 9th inning heralded by triumphant, intimidating music. Trevor Hoffman enters to ACDC’s “Hells Bells,” while Eric Gagne entered to “Welcome to the Jungle.” When the Giants’ closer Sergio Romo enters, it is to this music and the entire crowd busts into a dance party. I apologize because I didn’t recognize it as a real song; I thought it was a made-up song, like a song someone was playing as a joke. I listened to this song and pictured clowns partying, not intimidation. The video montage was not convincing either. As you can see in the following video, at the times it occasionally cuts to the stadium videoboard, the montage is a mix of a) Romo being a dominating pitcher, and b) Romo doing some funky slo-mo dance, with a strange facial expression that is not the slightest bit intimidating. I was wierded out, actually. Enjoy “El Mechon” by Banda MS: