With the San Francisco Giants so generously granting me press access to any regular season game I could cover last season, I ended up only attending two games as a fan. The first was with my buddy a couple weeks before his first kid was due (sort of a “Jon Goodbye Tour” of sorts). The best part of that game, a 6-4 loss to the Brewers on a Friday night in May, was the beer we drank beforehand.
The second happened to be the most memorable game at AT&T Park all season.
One could make an argument for the NL West clinching game. But that was more about the postgame celebration than the game itself, which occurred with plenty of season remaining and wasn’t all that close (an 8-4 win over San Diego).
Matt Cain’s perfect game was an even bigger blowout over an even worse team during the middle of the season, but that didn’t do anything to remove the heart pounding, anticipatory cheering or wild celebration afterward.
And I was there, in a lower box seat down the right field line instead of the press box. Why? We owed two friends of ours who live in Portland a Giants game (I don’t even remember why at this point, and it doesn’t matter). After our original plans to attend the game against the Astros the night before fell through because my wife had a work thing come up, we ended up seeing Cain vs. J.A. Happ. Talk about dumb luck.
And to think, I complained about having to resell the previous game’s tickets at a net loss and buy four more seats … sometimes I should think before I whine. I’m sure I’ll learn that lesson one of these years.
Giveaway time: Perfect Gift
I have another 8-disc San Francisco Giants Collector’s Edition Box Set to give to a lucky reader. Since whenever I ask you to detail your own experiences watching sports you always come through with fantastic stories in the comments, I’m going to go to that well again.
For a chance to win a Box Set that includes Cain’s perfect game along with all four World Series games, Game 5 of the NLDS (the most heart attack-inducing game in recent memory), Game 5 of the NLCS (#RallyZito) and a bonus highlight disc, answer this:
Where were you when Cain retired 27 straight Houston Astros?
I’ll choose someone at random tomorrow to win the 8-disc Box Set, either Blu-ray or DVD (winner’s choice). Remember to submit a real email address, otherwise I’ll choose a different winner and you’ll miss out on a prize that’s valued around $90 for the Blu-ray version.