Manny Pacquiao taking batting practice before the Brewers faced the Giants. The Brewers ended up hitting much like him.
Face it. We’ve had bad luck in the press box this year. We’re 1-4. This includes witnessing the self-destruction of the Colorado and Cincinnati games, and an extra inning loss in April. It’s been a tough one. The 280 was also closed. It felt like it was going to be a bad night.
But, sometimes life can surprise you.
I drove up early to deal with the traffic resulting from the 280 closure, but faced none after taking Third street all the way to AT&T. I arrived at 2:30 for a 7:15 game. This was weird. Fortunes smiled upon me when I was able to watch Manny Pacquiao take batting practice from right behind the screen.
And standing there beside me was none other than Will Clark. My favorite player. Ever.
After Giants players took hundreds of selfies with Pacquiao, Clark walked into the dugout with Marty Lurie to finish their interview, and shortly after, I respectfully asked Clark if I could grab a few minutes for an interview and he obliged. I’ll post that here and here and somewhere else, and on my wall, and bronze it. You’ll see it soon.
Or now, here, right here.
Then, I found out that we’ll have clubhouse access in September.
Then, the Giants played Milwaukee.
I won’t go into great detail, but the Giants scoring in the first five innings looked like this:
3, 2, 1, 2, 5.
13 runs in the first 5 innings set a season-high. In the FIFTH. Brandon Crawford, hitting 8th, had 4 plate appearances through 5. Pagan had 3 hits, and I’m sure I saw one fan consume at least 6 brats in the first 5 innings.
I’m sure the beneficiary, Ryan Vogelsong, bought the lineup a post-game meal, despite the fact that earlier in the year, he had one stretch of five starts without receiving a single run of run support.
It all comes in runs. Pun intended.
Posey tied his career high with five hits, and the rookie Joe Panik went 4-6. Every starter had a hit, except Crawford. You should probably just check the box score because we’re about to go to Zeke’s and record our bonusode, and I can’t wait to taste the victory whiskey.
UPDATE: You can listen to the bonusode here.
DOUBLE UPDATE: Although it’s already posted here, you can listen to my interview with Will Clark again and again here.