Matt’s Bats on the West Coast

Here I am holding the 3-week old Lane.

This edition of Matt’s Bats is coming to you from the West Coast.  I’ve spent this week across the country: in San Francisco, California.

I went to SF to meet my baby cousin, Lane, for the first time. While I was in Fog City,  I was able to see sights such as AT&T Park,  the Golden Gate Bridge, the Coit Tower,  Lombard Street (between Hyde and Leavenworth), the Bay Bridge, and many more.

One of the best parts of being on the West Coast is that 7 pm is 10 pm in DC. So on Wednesday, when Ian Desmond hit his grand slam against the Phillies, I was awake to see it, when usually I am fast asleep.

So here is the play-by-play of my vacation.  I don’t have a lot of time, so I will break it down in different posts.  I also plan to write about the differences between seeing games at Nationals Park and AT&T Park, home of the 2012 World Series Giants.

Me and the Mustang at Crissy Field, near the Marina

After landing in SFO, we went to rent a car.  My dad’s rental car paper said we’d get a Toyota Corolla or a similar midsize sedan, but they didn’t have any left so we ended up getting the best car possible: a Ford Mustang Convertible!

Later that first day, we drove up and down the hills with the top down.  We drove down Lombard Street, between Hyde and Leavenworth. That block is known as the “Crookedest Street in the World.” We also went to Crissy Field, a beach near the meeting of the Presidio and the Marina District.  There are views of the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz.  That is where I posted a picture on Twitter that we arrived in San Francisco.

At Crissy Field, I started to skip rocks in the San Francisco Bay.  I pretended that I was a played and used my best imitation of Charlie Slowes: “That ball is belted! Going, going gone goodbye. Bryce Harper got all of that ball!”

I’m 1/679,924th as tall as a Redwood!

On Tuesday, I headed to Muir Woods. Muir Woods is a national park where they have giant redwoods.  Sheesh, these trees are HUGE! I am about 5 feet tall, one tree was 359 feet taller than me.  So I’m 1/679,924th of a redwood. We did a hike for an hour.

Going there, we crossed the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco into Marin County.  The bridge is 8,796 feet taller than me.

For lunch, we drove to Sausalito and I had a burger.

Wednesday we went to a Giants game.  You’ll hear more about that in the next post.  Now we have to leave my aunt’s house to do another drive.  We leave tomorrow morning and get back to DC at night.  But I am going to Nats Park on Sunday for Bryce Harper bobblehead day!


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