After I got that amazing night's sleep in Patrick's bed. I was rested for another busy day that lied ahead. I even got a break when Tike Narry said he would drive all of us. Once the King, Duck & I got ready we headed out after meeting Tike's wife Dawn. We spoke with her briefly. She seemed like a wonderful woman. She must be after all she married Tike. They initially met while umpiring a game together 15 years ago. They seem to be a perfect match. Tike found his baseball sweetheart. With that being said, I considered him a lucky man.
Once we said our goodbyes to Dawn, Tike drove us to the area by AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants. He parked the car in his favorite parking lot where he can get out of the area with relative ease. The days of free parking in the vicinity even on Sundays are gone he said. They charge $7.00 an hour to park by a meter everyday. What a joke that is. Since the Giants have been World Champions two of the last three years they can get away with being extra greedy in this city.
After we parked the car, we got out and we walked towards the ballpark which was nearby. Before we went inside, we stopped off at the 21st Century Amendment Brewery which is Tike's place to go before Giant games. Tike walked in with us and he looked like he owned the place. He knows every worker there from being such a regular. In fact, he used to work at Kinko's that was located nearby. As a result, he was able to build a business relationship with the owner back in 2001. He told us he used to have parties for his employees there all the time. With that being said, he now has a second home if you will. Even though he no longer works for Kinko's, he's a customer of theirs for life.
|Hell or High Watermelon|
|Patrick, Tike & I at AT & T Park|
When we were done walking around we went up to our seats to watch the game between the visiting Baltimore Orioles and the hometown San Francisco Giants.
|View from section 315 at AT& T Park|
After the game, we went back to the car and Tike proceeded to drive to San Jose which is about 40 miles south of San Francisco. Thankfully he knew the way. We wound up parking the car on the street in the neighborhood which was within walking distance of San Jose Municipal Stadium , which is the home of the San Jose Giants, the single A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants in the California League. They were hosting the Bakersfield Blaze, the Dodgers' farm club. We managed to get inside the ballpark with just enough time to spare for the 6PM start. The only other time the King & I were there was back in August 1993.
|Prince at San Jose Municipal Stadium|
As for the game we saw, the Blaze tied it at two in the eighth inning. The game wound up going into extra innings. The Giants ended it in the eleventh inning when second baseman Ryan Cavan delivered the game winning hit as the Giants won, 3-2.
On the way back to Casa De Narry, Tike decided to stop off at Carl's Jr. where we were able to get a post game meal. I had a charbroiled fish sandwich which was really good. I also had a orange cream shake to go along with it.
Stay tuned as I will write the next installment of this memorable journey when time allows.
Thank you for reading & following along.