D Wizzle was at 24 Willie Mays Plaza this weekend to watch Barry Bonds chase the home run record. The Giants had a dramatic come from behind win in the 9th inning on Saturday night and dropped a 8-5 decision on Sunday afternoon. Some of the members of the 1987 Giants team were in attendence on Saturday night to watch the game. I saw Atlee Hammaker signing autographs for a few fans outside the garlic fries stand. Yesterday I saw Dontrelle Willis's mother and other family members at the game. Dontrelle did his family proud on Saturday by pitching a great game but did not get the win due to Kelly Gregg blowing the save. Armando Benetiz made his first appearance at At&t Park since being traded and of course got loud boos. Benetiz was not rattled at all and got a inning ending double play to finish off the bottom of the 8th.
Friday night was Until There's A Cure Night. This promotion by the Giants is to raise AIDS awareness and is held once a year.I had never seen so many gays at a ballgame than this night. They were out in full force drinking and eating and enjoying the whole atmosphere. Most of them had never attended a game in their lives. I saw more gays this night than when the Giants had their LBGT (Lesbian, bisexual, gay, transgender) night. A lot of the gay people were in cheerleading uniforms(http://www.cheersf.org).
There was a pre game reunion for the 1987 Giants roster on Sunday. Fans got to see and cheer old favorites such as Roger Craig, Dave Dravecky, Will Clark, Kevin Mitchell, and Jeffrey Leonard. It was great to see Randy Kutcher and Jim Gott again. Ok, maybe not but it sure was nice to see The Thrill and the Hack Man once again. There was a moment of silence for the two players that passed away from that team, Chris Brown and Jose Uribe. American Idol contestant Elliot Yamin sang the national anthem. I do not know who he is but some fan told me that he has a hit song on the radio currently. For some strange reason I do not expect the Giants to hold a reunion for the 2007 team in 20 years or have Ryan Klesko and Matt Morris bobblehead dolls.
The Giants were giving out bobbleheads of Matt Williams, Kevin Mitchell, Robby Thompson, and Will Clark on Sunday. I was in line early in the morning waiting with the hundreds of other fans to get my dolls. There was a lot of pushing and shoving by me and others as we got our dolls and ran back and forth through the exits and different gates in order to try and get a complete set. There was a lot of trading of dolls going on much to the dismay of the Giants' employees who ordered everyone to leave the area but no one seemed to listen. The games this weekend were not important in the whole scheme of things as both teams are not in playoff contention. What drew these big sellout crowds to the park? You guessed it, the man, the myth, the legend, Barry Bonds.