Through my good friend and “music wife”, I have been fortunate to obtain some great, make that FANtastic seats for the Giants game tonight. Our low achieving boys in black and orange are playing the boys from across the bay, the Oakland Athletics. My “sports wife” Donna and I are going for what we hope is a great experience at the old ballpark (actually the relatively new ATT Park). Let me tell you more about our seats.
The story, folklore, rumour, and innuendo goes that these are the best seats at ATT Park. The seats are located in the Lexus Dugout Club. The seats are in Dugout Club Section 113, Row CCC, Seats 1 and 2. These seats entitle us to the Club and Home Field Club, as well as in-seat food and beverage service. The box was created for the 2007 MLB All-Star Game, as seating for the Commissioner of Baseball, Bud Selig. It was originally designed for photographers to take pictures of game action.
The box includes 17 inch HD TVs on the wall in front of the seats. Close to the field, it is easy to hear the home plate umpire make his ball and strike calls. I have also heard the players talking, when I have gone to games at Wrigley Field in Chicago. In some cases, at least for day games, it is fairly easy to pick up the spin on the baseball. In other words, I can tell if the pitch is a fastball or curve!!!
Last year, I went to the Giants game on a last-minute whim. I was able to purchase THE seat, yes THE seat, directly behind home plate. I was in view of the TV screen on just about EVERY pitch! I was sitting next to (in front of) the high rollers. The guy behind me tipped the waitress a sweet $100 bill. Crazy people. This year, I ordered the Irish Coffee, and the Hot Chocolate Bailey’s Cream for Donna.
The whole experience begins during entry to the stadium at 24 Willie Mays Plaza. As everyone stands in line to enter ATT Park, a double glass door to the left beckons box seat ticket holders. Step inside to a wonder of food items in a decent sized food court. Just about every choice of food is here. It is fairly quiet, dimly lit, with plenty of table seating and big screen TVs.
After a quiet meal, we just head on through to the field. An usher helps direct you to the right area. It really does feel quite “private”. And it is easy to duck back under at any time for more food, or the proverbial potty break. I could start liking this! Most websites say it is the most exclusive seating area in the ballpark. There is a brick wall separating these seats from the Field Boxes behind it.
The food court in the Club area includes cinnamon roasted nuts, Edsel Ford Fong (Chinese food?), Derby Grill, Giuseppe Bazurro (Italian?), Joe Garcia’s (Mexican?), King Street Carvery, and the Lexus Clubhouse Bar. That was all I could find online, so there must be more! Are you hungry yet? BTW, I had the Chinese chicken salad.
So, when you are watching the game, look just to the left of home plate (when the centerfield camera is on), and the batter, home plate umpire and Buster Posey. We will be there in our Friday Orange, rooting for the G-men!
BTW, Part 2: The seats are better than expected, and we were on TV ALL evening long. Everyone saw us, except for my old golfing buddy, Kenny from Marin. Kenny, I know of a great optometrist in Stockton.