The Embarcadero in San Francisco
The beginning of a short series...
Finally - on what has been officially the coldest summer in San Francisco history - we have a heat wave. The past two days have been hot here. A contrast to July which had averaged a daytime high of 63º (17° c) - a full five degrees below average. August continued the trend with each day mostly gray, foggy, and windy.
The small events of last night inspired this series. My business partner - Erik Reinecke - and I were working late last night, as we do with some frequency. We had the Giants baseball game streaming on our computers. The baseball park is just four blocks south of here.
Just after 8 PM - Erik stuck his head through the door and said to me, "It is beautiful outside - let's walk down to the ballpark while the game is being played." In one of the finest moves ever made by a ball club - the Giants have a walk up fence along the waterfront. It is called the 'knot-hole' wall. There folks can stand under the brick archways and watch the game for free. I had never gone there during a game and instantly said yes.
As we stepped out the door and onto the sidewalk - I was amazed at how warm it still was - and at how many people were out walking around in this mostly commercial neighborhood. Though nearly nightfall - the temperature was still 87º (30.5º c)
Our second place Western Division San Francisco Giants were hosting the first place Cincinnati Reds of the Central Division. The red-hot Reds had been playing excellent ball. It is getting late in the season and each game is taking on extra weight and importance as teams fight to advance into the playoffs.
The Giants had come off a hard road trip in the hot and humid Midwest. They were not playing well during the past week. So it had been comforting on the night before to see then soundly defeat the Reds 11 to 2. This night was the second game of a three game series and they were up 7 to 2 as we headed to the park. It looked like we were well on our way towards another important victory. Maybe.
(to be continued...)
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