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Eyewitness Report - NLDS Game 1


Well, this is going to be pretty short, as I gotta get a bunch of stuff done around church this morning so that I'm ready when the pastor and my friends show up so we can go to GAME 2! WOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

We got there about 4, gates opened at 4:30, though they didn't let anyone in for another 15 minutes or so. It is Fleet Week, so there's Navy stuff all over and lots of airplanes. We saw the Blue Angels from the car, but I couldn't get any good shots. Here's a Navy (or maybe Marines, couldn't see through the crowd) brass band playing outside in Willie Mays Plaza.

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We got inside, and the Reds were taking batting practice. Somebody was crushing homers to left field; I think it was Frazier.

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Dusty got a huge ovation when he was introduced, and the big scoreboard actually said something like "Glad you are back in the dugout, Dusty!" It was really cool. Giants fans are really nice. I was pretty vocal, and the folks behind me were giving the Reds a hard time for sure. At the end of the game, the woman patted me on the shoulder and said, "Congrats, nice game." Go Giants! They're my second favorite team!

Superfast airplanes fly over! Cool! They were actually a bit late, but no worries, it's cool. This is San Francisco.

<img src="http://www.photographyjones.com/Sports/Reds-vs-Giants-2012-NLDS-Game/i-JpdNF7k/0/M/EOS-7DIMG1210061741-M.jpg">

Alex Smith threw out the first pitch and bounced it way outside. Incomplete. BP stepped in for the first real pitch.

<img src="http://www.photographyjones.com/Sports/Reds-vs-Giants-2012-NLDS-Game/i-tXtSPzs/0/M/EOS-7DIMG1210061787-M.jpg">

Absolutely devastating when Cueto walked off. I saw on mobile RR that Latos was begging to get into the game. Wheels started turning and the brilliance of the idea was soon obvious. He gets my vote for JNMPotG. Here he is warming up in the pen. We were on the top deck, 3rd base side. Clear view of the Reds pen, but glad I had my long lens so I could figure out who was warming up.

Except Broxton. I could tell it was Broxton without the camera.

<img src="http://www.photographyjones.com/Sports/Reds-vs-Giants-2012-NLDS-Game/i-WKGDmxH/0/M/EOS-7DIMG1210061798-M.jpg">

Hey @CatLatos, you can be proud of your dad:

<img src="http://www.photographyjones.com/Sports/Reds-vs-Giants-2012-NLDS-Game/i-XfqCQFg/0/M/EOS-7DIMG1210061803-M.jpg">

I won't recap the game, because you were all watching. Ludwick's defense in LF was stellar. Even the Giants fans were amazed. Joeys DP snag was awesomegarlicfries. BP almost turned two on that other play, then barehanded the final out of the inning because he can.

Bruce's homerun was CRAZY. Balls hit to that part of the field always fall in "Triples Alley", and rattle around in there. A fast runner has a good shot at an inside the parker. I lost track of the ball just as it came in front of the crowd - as it turns out, because it was in the crowd. NOBODY hits home runs to that spot. Well, except Jay. Oh yeah.

One of the founding members of Tower of Power played God Bless America and Take Me Out to the Ballgame. Don't know if they showed that on TV.

After the jump (well, I can see it in the editor) are more pictures I liked, and a link to the whole set. Now I gotta get ready to take some more today.

Joey manning first hypervigilantly:

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Ludwick makes the catch:

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Xavier Paul connects:

<img src="http://www.photographyjones.com/Sports/Reds-vs-Giants-2012-NLDS-Game/i-MX6sGxx/0/M/EOS-7DIMG1210061882-M.jpg">

Hannigan catches a tough popup:

<img src="http://www.photographyjones.com/Sports/Reds-vs-Giants-2012-NLDS-Game/i-GkJz6zQ/0/M/EOS-7DIMG1210061907-M.jpg">

And, you can find all the rest right here.

WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

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