August 24, 2005
With Sujan, Marc, Jamie, and Mitch
The evening began on a promising note – Balgavy performed some top notch freestyle walking for our entertainment.
Preparing For the Charge
We Have Liftoff
This occurred the night after he spent the day doing impressive somersaults from the back seat of the car to the front, all over the hotel room couch, as well as a bed. Before we even entered the ballpark, he promised, “I’ll be moving to San Diego within fourteen months.”
However, that was before he went on a quest at the ballpark to find out a good bar to drink at after the game. He went up to the hippest looking kids he could find. Unfortunately, they were still in high school and the best they could offer was “Have you tried the Hard Rock Café?”
The view from the upper concourse of the ballpark shows our country in a nutshell - natural beauty, ugly industry, and incredible monuments to the automobile.
The first inning took 1/4 of the time that the entire game did the night before. Balgavy occupied his time by convincing himself that the radio telecast that was on in the bathroom was really a live feed just for the bathroom. Imagine being the broadcaster that has to announce the game solely for people relieving themselves. What an idea.
I occupied myself by trying to buy Dippin’ Dots since Marc and Mitch had been raving about them during the entire trip. Apparently, not only are there no good bars in San Diego, but the last call for Dippin’ Dots is the 6th inning. I was shut out.
Late in the game, there was an attempted streaker – he came running from the sandbox area (undoubtedly freaking out some bratty kids). As soon as he made it to the field, he desperately tried to get out of his shorts but couldn’t quite do it while being pursued by security. Mitch and Jamie spent the next few minutes debating the best strategy for streaking. Verdict- you’ve got to be naked before even getting on the field. Although, back in ’92, Rich and I saw a streaker at Tiger Stadium (from Windsor, those Canadians are trouble) run onto the field wearing just shorts before taking them off on the field. The first few security guys slipped off of him – it was a very hot day and undoubtedly he was quite sweaty.
As far as the game, Chan Ho Park notched his 11th win of the year to match his 5.91 ERA. What a lucky bastard. It was quite a night for Koreans in baseball. Jae Seo ran his record to 6-1, Byung-Hyun Kim pitched 6 2/3 shutout innings, and Sujan enjoyed some yummy fish tacos. Non-Koreans Joe Randa and Brian Giles each had three hits and Miguel Olivo had 3 RBI.
And then it was Trevor Time! The scoreboard went dark, the music stopped, the stadium was deathly quiet. And then … AC/DC began to be played much louder than any other music during the rest of the night. Trevor Hoffman made his way to the mound and the crowd went ballistic. This was even more impressive than the Nenth Inning was in San Francisco back in 2000. Hoffman recorded the save and moved ahead of John Franco for second place on the all time saves list. Any category where John Franco was second all-time is obviously a useless statistic. Regardless, Hoffman is pretty darn good. If you like that kind of thing.
I love the juxtaposition of the flames from hell and the ad that reads "With God, All Things Are Possible."
Sujan spent the late innings throwing sunflower seeds into Balgavy's unruly mess of a beard.
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