“Beat L-A” was the chant we heard for nine innings at AT&T Park. The San Francisco Giants game against their rival, the Los Angeles Dodgers, was the highlight of two days spent in San Francisco. It was the bottom of the ninth inning, the score tied at 1-1 and LA had left some 12 men stranded on base throughout the game. I leaned over to my husband just as Buster Posey, the catcher and 2012 National League MVP, came to the plate and said, “He’s gonna hit it out of the park”. Soon the count was 3-2. On the next pitch, Posey hit the game-winning homer over the left field fence. The stadium erupted and the team jumped Posey as he crossed home plate. The chant changed to “We Beat LA” on our walk out of the stadium with thousands of other happy fans.
For this visit to San Francisco I had a short but enjoyable ‘to do’ list: Have a drink at the famous bar, The Top of the Mark, which sits on the 21st floor of the Mark Hopkins Hotel; eat Chinese food at Fang; and attend the Giants game. In addition, I enjoyed watching the sun set behind the Golden Gate Bridge, took a ride on a cable car (too tired to climb Nob Hill), ate at Perry’s on Union Street which is a family favorite, had a drink in the Tonga Room, the Polynesian-themed bar at The Fairmont Hotel and walked for miles and miles up and down hills and along the water past Fort Mason and Marina Green Park. Winning the game in the bottom of the ninth, just re-confirmed that San Francisco is a magical city.