This blog chronicles my observations as a civil engineer and updates of my life and times. It actually started as a means to chronicle my cheesemaking, but I realized I can present a unique viewpoint here and provide updates to friends and family.
On Saturday, we joined over 40,000 fans at AT&T park for FanFest. We knew that it was going to be absolutely crazy since the Giants won the World Series last season. Still, we hoped to get an autograph or two and check out the vibe. We got to the park at 10:45 and were in the right place at the right time to actually get in to the park at 11am (I heard that there were folks lined-up before dawn that didn't even get in... though I'm really not sure how that could have happened).
Once inside, we ran to the top-most autograph station (many were scattered around the park)... only to find a line with no end. Later we heard that it was at least a 2-hour line and they were rotating folks around so that you never knew who's signature you were going to get. We decided against trying to get an autograph and tried to make it down on the field. That was a challenge with long lines as well.
Yes, I did wear my Padres hat styled after the 1984 team hats. That was probably risky, but maybe I fit in because it was orange and dark brown; and SD looks like SF. I did get one "cool hat!" and one "f-the Padres"... clearly someone didn't realize Bruce Bochy and Tim Flannery were on the '84 Padres team as well as the 2010 Giants team. My goal this year is to get their autographs on my hat (wasn't going to happen at Fan Fest, that's for sure!).
All-in-all, it was a beautiful day in the City, the vibe from the fans was electric, being on the field was super cool, and we finished off with an awesome lunch at the HiDive (our new favorite place in the City).