|Letter from the Final Four
||Sunday | 2 April 2017
Take Me Out to the Ball Game
Phoenix, Arizona: The entire city of
Phoenix seemed ready to entertain every basketball fan in town for the Final
Four. Without a Final Four contest today, it was possible to visit the Grand Canyon
or many of the other natural wonders of the state with tours arranged through
travel companies. The
baseball team hosted the San Francisco Giants in the season opener. The
Phoenix Suns were
battling the Houston Rockets in the basketball arena. (The baseball park and
basketball arena are only a few blocks from our hotel.) The NCAA Fan Fest was
still in full swing, not to mention free concerts in the park at the
Madness Music Festival, with a wholebuncha singers I have never
heard of... except Keith Urban and Aerosmith. I have heard of both of these
singers/bands, but have no idea about their music... but I do know Urban is
married to Nicole Kidman, so shouldn't I get a few bonus points? (Truth be told,
I also know about Capitol Cities because because Lisa went to high school with
one of the band members. Double bonus points?)
We chose the baseball game at Chase Field. Steve arranged for
fabulous seats up from home plate!
I know! I am completely surrounded by people who arrange
amazing seats at sporting events. Since it was opening day, fans were
treated to a fly-over and quite a bit of fireworks (during daylight?). The weather was a
perfect 82 degrees. The "roof" was open. It was a sell-out. Our seats were in the shade. We
were surrounded by so many Duck fans or maybe just friendly people who were
sympathetic to our loss yesterday.
As you may recall, Dave's dad was a Giants fan, and Dave grew up
supporting the team. He follows the team to this day and has turned me
into a fan as well.
We thought the Giants had the game won. Famed pitcher, Madison Bumgarner, hit
two zinger home runs. The balls were like shot out of a canon. Bumgarner hit
three home runs all of last season and has already hit two this year on
opening day? It was magical. Until it wasn't... and the Giants collapsed...
and the D-Backs won by one run.
It's always one lousy point.
As Woody says, baseball is a game of stats. Today Bumgarner became the first
pitcher to hit two home runs on opening day.
It was a fantastic afternoon, spent with our great friends in perfect weather
enjoying the great game of baseball. Thank you, Steve, for organizing this fun
We tried to find a place for a cold drink after the game, but every
bar/restaurant was jammed packed. NCAA, MLB and NBA all within a few blocks of
each other was maybe more than the city can handle?
We kinda felt like this:
We all rallied for a dinner to celebrate Kathy's birthday at
Pastas. Wine. Salads. Everything we tried was so delicious and our server
was very helpful and friendly. Cibo is set in a 1913 bungalow on a large
corner lot in the historical district of Phoenix.
Another fun-filled day with our friends as we continue to relish in the NCAA
March Madness weekend. With our loss last night, we could relish in March
Sadness, but we will not. We will attend the Final Four game tomorrow and we
will cheer for Gonzaga. The Gonzaga coach, Mark Few, is a Duck alum.
We flock together.
Until my next update, I remain, your correspondent.
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