Back on the East Coast

Well, I’m back in town, safe and sound after spending a few days out on the west coast visiting some family and friends. This post really doesn’t have much to do with sports media and Boston, so if you’re not interested, I apologize.

Last Friday night I went to the Giants/Mets game at SBC Park in San Francisco. Steve Trachsel (who might be a member of the Red Sox soon) pitched for the Mets and looked good, shutting down the anemic Giants lineup on two hits over eight innings. The game itself wasn’t much…a 1-0 win for the Mets, but for an out-of-towner such as myself, the game was secondary.

The main attraction was the park. I haven’t been to enough ballparks to be any sort of expert, but I was totally impressed by this place. We bought the tickets way back in April, but like Fenway, it was hard to find a group of seats together. We ended up in the very top row of the ballpark, a little to the left of home plate. Even way up top like that, the seats and view were great. Like Fenway, you’re right on top of the action. Plus, you get an incredible view of the bay and the sky in the background.

The seats were comfortable, enough leg room for my 6’5″ frame. Yes, of course there are cupholders. To put in your cupholders, you can choose from a variety of beers, big name and microbreweries alike. You can also choose from Napa Valley wines or hard liquor drinks as well.

As for the food, two words: Garlic Fries. As you walk the concourses, the smell dominates the air. Every line in front of a stand that sells these is at least 20 deep. In addition, there is the usual ballpark fare, such as hot dogs, sausages and pizza, but there are plenty of specialty stands with clam chowder in a bread bowl, sushi, and Ghirardelli ice cream sundaes.

After the game, we just hopped on the ferry located just a couple hundred feet from the front of the park and took it back to Vallejo, where we had left our car. The whole experience was just outstanding.

So, enough of my travelogue. I come back and find that Boston.com has gotten the Reiss’ Pieces blog up and running, I’m really glad to have it back. I also see that Ron Borges is back to his snarky self with a piece for Pro Football Weekly. A couple excerpts from the article:

For a guy who has to control who seeds the lawns at Gillette Stadium, these are difficult times, and when he