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Headed over to Sleep Train Arena for the home opener of the Sacramento Kings versus the Golden State Warriors.
Kings really stepped up the pre-game intros for this one.
And the players stepped up their game too!
That certainly started getting a little feisty, especially good ol' DeMarcus Cousins, who had to be held back by Isaiah Thomas... though I imagine if Cousins really wanted to beat up the ref, Isaiah wouldn't have enough strength to stop him.
Aaron Brooks showed he was another little guy who is tough on the court. I say little, as in under 6'5"... he's listed at 6' even, but compared to all the other players seems tiny.
I also finally got to capture Andrew Bogut on the court in a Warriors uniform, which doesn't bode well for my Grandma's favorite player, Andris Biedrins who didn't get any minutes.
Kings were able to sneak away with the 94-92 win despite a couple of chance for the Warriors.
A silly side story to the game - tarp from the center scoreboard fell onto the court... multiple times! Thankfully no one was hurt :P
But that's not as silly as the difference between shoes worn on the court.
And shoes worn court-side ;)
And one fan reminded us of something very important taking place tomorrow - election day!
Headed back to Memorial Stadium for the matchup between the Washington Huskies and California Golden Bears.
Crazy to think this is only my fourth game here this year after missing others for a wedding and the Giants playoffs. Though I've been told I haven't been missing much =(
My poor Bears are struggling right now.
In a game with more turnovers than I can count, there were flashes of hope, followed by disappointment as Cal fell to Washington 21-13.
As my most published image is becoming one of head coach Jeff Tedford, accompanying articles about his job being a bit at risk given the record, it's nice to see his son, Taylor, there to comfort him after the loss. No matter what, your family is always there for you.
But, as my first night game, and the first ever Friday night game for Cal, it was cool to get a shot of the beautifully revamped Memorial Stadium on a Friday Night Lights game. Even what's happening on the field is tough to watch, you can't beat this view.
Despite the Giants winning the World Series in 4 straight games, I ended up working on my birthday after all to photograph the celebration parade.
I didn't so much photograph the parade as the stage area where the parade ended up for an onstage ceremony.
I had to be at Civic Center at 8am for an 11am parade, and 12:30pm ceremony, which turned into a 1:30pm ceremony. I was having a pity party for myself for having to wake up so early on my birthday, taking the 7am Bart train, but then I realized some of these folks had been there since 2am!!
But clearly, they were crazy people ;)
It was fun to pretend all these fans were here to celebrate my birthday. As opposed to the Giants or Halloween. How suiting that the Giants are black and orange.
It was a fun celebration that welcomed the entire city and beyond to celebrate with the World Series champions as the Giants, represented by CEO Larry Baer, were given not only the key to the city, but the broom to the city in honor of them "sweeping" the Detroit Tigers.
I loved when Pablo Sandoval and Marco Scutaro addressed the crowd in Spanish.
And Sergio Romo touched on it even more, that the Giants are similar to this great city in the diversity of backgrounds and culture, all for one goal.
And made quite the statement in his "I just look illegal" shirt. That's what's up!
Of course, no Giants celebration could be complete without Tony Bennett singing "I Left My Heart in San Francisco"
I was able to get home in time to celebrate my birthday/Halloween with some friends over and handing out candy to my almost 40 trick-or-treaters, the perks of living in a little home of sorts instead of a condo =)
Did I mention it's my birthday? JK - Thanks to everyone for the birthday wishes - what a year it's been, looking forward to many more!.. And many more Giants World Series Championships wouldn't be too bad either ;)
Headed back to AT&T Park for Game 2 of the World Series.
This matchup was between Madison Bumgarner and Doug Fister.
There was almost a run by the Tigers as Prince Fielder tried to run home from first base on a double by Delmon Young but was tagged out by Buster Posey.
It turned into a bit of a pitching duel as we were scoreless until the 7th inning.
With bases loaded Brandon Crawford hit into a double play, but allowed Hunter Pence to score, giving Giants a 1-0 lead. In the 8th, Giants were able to increase that cushion a bit with a sacrifice fly by Hunter Pence to send in Angel Pagan.
Tigers stayed scoreless as the Giants defeated the Tigers 2-0 to take a 2-0 lead in the series.
Again thanks to Jerry Lai and Angie Walton on desk for myself, Kyle Terada, H. Darr Beiser, and Robert Hanashiro, check out our full set on US Presswire. And extra thanks to Angie who returned my cards with Ghiradelli chocolate... best photo editor ever ;)
I may or may not be back here next Wednesday (Halloween aka My Birthday!!!) if Giants can finish em off in Detroit. But either way, what an awesome experience to cover the World Series!!
A bit of silliness - here's some fun photos Joes Fajardo and Kyle Terada took of me/us tonight =)
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