It’s a perfect northern California day today. Sunny, not a cloud in the sky and 73 degrees. So after we did our pregame with Joe Torre, a bunch of us scribes decided to walk around the main concourse at AT&T Park.
As you make your way around, there are areas for kids to play including a slide in that giant Coke bottle. A few of the crew stopped here and got a “Cha Cha Bowl” at the concession stand run by Orlando Cepeda.
There are inscriptions from famed bits of baseball literature around the park, which I enjoyed reading. This one caught my eyes:
Baseball is democracy in action. In it all men are “free and equal” regardless or race, nationality or creed. Every man is given his rightful opportunity to rise to the top of his own merits … It is the fullest expression of freedom of speech, freedom of the press and freedom of assembly in our national life. – Francis Miller
How great is that?
We made our way back to the press box, but not before getting some clam chowder in a sourdough bread bowl. Now they’re introducing some players who participated in the 1962 World Series including Willie Mays, Willie McCovey, Juan Marichal, Bobby Richardson and Ralph Terry. The current players joined them on the baselines for the national anthem.
All in all, a great day at the park and the game hasn’t even started yet.