Welcome to the tantrums, where my wife came home safe after almost a week at those fires, literally just in time for her 48th birthday, so we hit the new Brazilian Steakhouse! I can’t tell you all enough, if you haven’t gone to one of these and you have some extra cash, by all means go. It is well worth the price in my opinion. Anywho, I’ve got a lot I want to share this week and precious little space to fit it all in, soooooo…
Douche Bag of the Week. Going to COSTCO to get shopping done isn’t a bad experience, there’s always the free food, but what I want to talk about is the ongoing issue of censorship, and last Tuesday, I found out that they are taking Dinesh D’Souza’s book “America” from their shelves because ALLEGEDLY, COSTCO is a major Obama supporter. If this is true, this should send chills throughout everyone everywhere. What folks, you don’t think that when the Republi-tards get back in power that their supporters won’t remove pro-democrat stuff from their shelves? This is getting Orwellian and I'm seriously beginning to question how much more regular joe six-packs are gonna take.
For that COSTCO, you get the award. Enjoy your award…
Well, I guess after it got out and outrage grew, COSTCO reversed course and put the book back on its shelves. No boycotts here, just me saying they’re douche bags. I’ll still continue to shop there because after all, they have good deals and as consumers, we all need that.
All-Star Weekend. The Family B.O.B. 2014 Baseball Adventure continues with the surprise that my son Jerry was invited by a friend to attend the Home Run Derby at Target Field last night, and here are some pics…
The first pic was one I found on the net as a rainbow was going through. The other two are from Jerry on top of the Budweiser suites. As it turns out, Jerry has a friend from high school who works for Budwesier in some big wig way, and he is a guest in their area of the stadium. Free food, free alcohol, and free room to stay in. Thank you Tanner, and we’ll see you again in a few weeks.
Candlestick Park – Final Farewell. If you’ll bear with me, I am going to be as Keith Olbermann put it, “bathed in nostalgia” for this part of my blog. It’s a bit of a diversion for me, but I hope you’ll read on. Thanks to my daughters boyfriend, Family B.O.B. had the great pleasure to attend the final athletic event ever at Candlestick Park:
I came, I saw, I conquered the weather. As we know Mark Twain is alleged to have said “The coldest winter I ever saw was the summer I spent in San Francisco.” Well I’m here to tell you that while that may be a tad bit excessive, I was warmer at an NFL game on December 30th than I was last Saturday Night, July 12th. As expected, the wind was blowing hard, the fog came in after the game hiding the Super Moon, and everybody was wearing sweaters, hoodies, and jerseys and jackets of both San Francisco 49ers and Miami Dolphins. Vendors were selling Hot Chocolate. But that in no way dampened the enthusiasm of the fans that came.
Candlestick Park hosted its final football game: a charity flag football game (to benefit SFPD and SFFD charities) between a team of Joe Montana’s 49er legends versus a team of Dan Marino’s all-stars. 60 retired NFL players, many hall of famers were on hand to play. Montana, Young, Rice, Craig, Rathman, Lott, Charles Haley, John Taylor, Dwight Clark, and it really was a nice trip down memory lane. Meanwhile on the other side were Dan Marino, Drew Bledsoe, Dave Krieg, Mark Jackson, Ed McCaffrey, James Lofton, Anthony Munoz, Tony Casillas, Tim Brown, & others. These guys might be our age, but some of them still have some magic left, there were some cuts and jukes that made me think they’ve still got it.
The game was two running clock 40 minute halves, and an 80 yard field for all the old farts. They had to cross 20 yards in four downs to continue drives. To the delight of the nearly 30,000 who showed up, Joe Montana took snaps and hit Jerry Rice repeatedly, as did Steve Young after him. If I recall correctly, Rice has two TD's and Steve Young scrambled for another.
In the second half Tim Brown scored a touchdown for the NFL All-Stars and he lifted his jersey to show Raider t-shirt underneath and the predictable outrage (all in fun this time) occurred.
Marino's All-Stars came back and took a lead, but with 6:00 left to go, Joe Montana came back in and drove his team down the field one last time. There was a play where Joe Montana took the snap and hit Steve Young on the left side with a Screen Pass. Young scrambled, then tossed it back to Montana who scrambled a bit, then found Jeff Garcia down the field for a 15 yard game. The crowd went nuts!!!
With seconds left and the 49ers at the two yard line down 40-39, there was some weird commotion on the sidelines and nobody could see what was going on. The ball was snapped, Montana rolled right, drifting, drifting, drifting, throwing the ball into the back of the end zone and it was caught by EDDIE DEBARTOLO, JR., the owner of those great 49er teams who was wearing a 49er jersey with the number 1 on it!!! Yeah, it was scripted to look like “the catch”, and you know what? Not one person of the 40,000 gave a damn. The place absolutely erupted! The 49er legends “won” the game 45-40.
Montana took the mike and said thanks to the fans for the years of support, made some vague references to not being too sad about leaving the ole park, and made some wisecracks about the biggest expense to the game was the ice needed for the old bodies – and the beer in the locker room. Kinda douchy, but that’s expected of him. Overall, it was a thoroughly enjoyable experience seeing the 49er legends one final time in “action.”
After the game while exiting the stadium, I got to thinking about all the history of the place I was about to walk out of for the final time. As silly as this sounds, I was kind of sad, but then I thought about all the great memories this place hosted. I could sit here and waste keystrokes and bore you with print, so really the best I can do is put up video highlights I found on YouTube. It was a great video, and I hope you enjoy watching when Football was pretty damn special, at least to me:
I also remembered the great moments as a Baseball park as well despite the fact that between 1960 and 1999, the Giants only won two National League pennants (1962 and 1989), but Lordy did they have some name players: Mays, McCovey, Marichal, Cepeda, Will Clark, and characters like Gaylord Perry and enigmas like Dave Kingman. Again some cool videos on YouTube. The first one was about the early years with some 60’s music and some pics of the Beatles performing there:
The second baseball video comes from MLB and it includes mostly 80’s stuff, including the Grateful Dead doing the National Anthem:
The Beatles performed at the Stick in 1966, and as fate would have it, it was the final live event that the Beatles ever performed as a group. Speaking of fate, the final event for the old park? Yeah, Paul McCartney in concert in a few weeks from now, 48 years later.
Traffic sucked, parking was worse, weather was always iffy, seats and aisles and walkways were cramped, prices were outrageous, bathrooms were too small even for guys, and yet we always came to enjoy some damn good football and baseball. “The Stick” has a date with the wrecking ball, so the physical structure will be gone forever, and while most everybody is celebrating new digs and glad to be gone, the history of the Giants and 49ers in this 54 year old stadium will always live on and NEVER fade away, and that should be celebrated by all NORCAL sports fans – it was a dump, but it was our dump!!! Farewell Candlestick, and thanks for the great memories. In honor of the old park, this was what was played after the game and speeches:
UNTIL NEXT TIME, GABBERS (SORRY MAURY)!!!