Just got back from a mini honeymoon vacation in California. We took up the bay area and saw in total 3 stadiums. We got to the airport, had a rental car waiting, which we had to fly to O.Co stadium for an afternoon game. Now here is a stadium like the city of Oakland, is not the prettiest of places. It is big and empty. The stadium use to be call the Oakland Coliseum and that is what it looks like. We had great seats, right behind home plate, however, it was 12:30 on a Wednesday afternoon... no one was there. They were playing the Angels, who won the game and the fans aren't the best, maybe because it was early. But the we really didn't take in the city of Oakland since it wasn't in our agenda and there really wasn't anything interesting about the place.

That's not what I can say about San Francisco. After the game we crossed this huge bridge called the Bay Bridge, and checked into the Nikko Hotel and since we were on a honeymoon, we got an upgrade. There was tons of things to do, Alcatraz, Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman's Wharf, Lombard street and other things. It was actually 20 degrees colder than NYC, and we weren't prepared for it. It is a nice city with a lot of hills...steep hills, palm trees and a cool transportation system.

We took the T train to AT&T Park, which is located about a mile from downtown. We got there 2 hours early, so we walked around then entered to watch the Dodgers take batting practice. Now the park is everything it looks like on television, only better. It is a hitters park, since it is locate right next to the bay and has an interesting structure. We had ok seats, on the first base line right under the mezzanine, so our view of pop ups was obstructed. The match up was Lincecum against Beckett in a Giants/Dodgers rivalry, so the place was on fire. Fortunately, the Giants came out the victor on a beautiful night of baseball.

We also visited Candlestick park, which I happen to be 49ers fan....

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Comment by Evan (13) on October 29, 2012 at 2:36pm

Hope you enjoyed your trip out here! SF/AT&T are awesome places to visit. Candlestick…well…I'm glad the Niners are moving :)

Comment by Tim Choiniere on September 17, 2012 at 5:09am

Sounds like a great trip. Agreed about Oakland Coliseum. Not a good place. Thankfully I saw the Red Sox there and Curt Schilling threw a 1-hitter. Damn you Shannon Stewart (got the hit with 2 outs in the 9th).

AT&T Park is one of my favorites. As is San Francisco for cities. For the weather, look at the quote attributed to but not said by Mark Twain "The coldest winter I saw was the summer I spent in San Francisco"...

Comment by Mary (17) on September 12, 2012 at 10:25am
Thanks, looking forward to hearing the rest of the story .... and yes, congratulations!
Comment by Jim Wood (138)(46 MLB) on September 11, 2012 at 9:47pm
How would you compare the fan atmosphere of Giants/Dodgers to that of Red Sox/Yankees? And congratulations BTW!


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