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OhBoyOhBoyOhBoy!  I get to go to the ball game on Tuesday!  To beautiful AT&T Park in San Francisco.  I love this ball park (except for the corporate name, of course.)  And I love the Giants.  

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We almost always take the Larkspur Ferry to the park.
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The ferries dock right near the Park.
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And these specially-scheduled boats are chock-full of Giants fans, all in great moods on the trip to SF.

The Park itself is now a landmark on the SF waterfront:
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With whimsical details like the giant Coke bottle and the equally enormous glove:
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And whom, pray tell, are the Giants playing tonight?  Why the Pittsburgh Pirates, that's who! They have a gorgeous ballpark too, PNC Park (Haven't been there yet.)

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But their main attraction for me is the marvelous Andrew McCutchen.  I don't usually give shout-outs to non-Giants MLB-ers, but for A.M., I make an exception.
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He is terrific.  
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But of course I root for him only when the Pirates are playing some other team, like, you know, The Dreaded LA Dodgers.

If the Giants win, as we ferry home, we'll enjoy the view of the light display on The Bay Bridge even more. . .
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But win or lose, it's a magical ride:
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From a magical place, day OR night!
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