Today the Giants clinched the NLCS Pennant. With a 3-2 lead in the bottom on the 9th in Game 6, two outs, runners at 1st and 2nd base, full count on Ryan Howard and Brian Wilson struck him out looking. What drama and torture at the same time! Congratulations to our Giants.
Games 1 and 2 of the World Series are at AT&T Park with first pitch around 5:00 PM. If you will be joining the Bonds (Old) Navy in McCovey Cove be sure to bring the correct equipment so the SFPD doesn’t kick you out as has happened to some in recent playoff games. If you want to rent a kayak contact City Kayak on Pier 40 at 415-357-1010 to reserve a boat. I guarantee it will be crowded as boaters come out of the woodwork to participate in this spectacle.
Here is a suggested list of items to bring:
- Some type of floating craft. If you bring an inflatable boat be sure to pump it up tight to compensate for the shrinkage when it contacts the cold water in the bay. Shrinkage, you know like on the Seinfeld episode with George.
- Life Jacket for each person. You don’t have to wear it but you will be required to show it.
- A light of some type: headbandlight, kayak pole light, etc. It will get dark before each game is over. Even though it is like daylight with the stadium lights on, the SFPD enforces you must have a light rule. You can get one at Walmart for $5.00.
- Warm water resistant clothes: wetsuit, dry suit, splash jacket, etc. An unlucky boater at the last playoff game fell in with only bluejeans and a sweatshirt on. He got very cold and left before the game was over. He came unprepared.
- Something to eat and drink in a storage container. I bring hot dogs and buns to cook on my JetBoil portable stove. Oh I love the smell of hot dogs in the morning.
- A radio to listen to the game on KNBR so you will know what is going on inside the ballpark.
- A waterproof camera or camcorder if you have one to record the event.
- A spirit of adventure. I recommend at least one cove experience for almost everyone.
If you have your own boat, then you can launch at Pier 40 off Embarcadero Street or at the public boat ramp next the Bay View Boat Club on Terry A. Francis Street about a quarter mile south of the Willie McCovey statue. It is about a mile around the two big ships anchored at the endof Pier 54 and takes about 15-20 minutes to paddle to McCvoey Cove. Some people launch on the rocks next to McCovey Cove which might be prohibited as in the past at major events like the All Star Game. There is also a boat launch at the end of Mission Creek (past the Third and Fourth Street Bridges) under the I-280 overpass. Parking is limited so come early.
The best place to park is the lot next to the Bay View Boat Club. Boats with trailers and cars with roof racks can park for $5.00 for up to 24 hours. If you don’t have a roof rack then be sure to leave a picture on your boat in the window of your vehicle next to your parking stub. No guarantee that there will be room if you don’t get there early. It has been OK in the past to park in the long boat trailer stalls which will hold two cars with roof racks. I’m sure everywhere else to park will be $40 – $50 with dynamic pricing in effect. What a ripoff!
Come on out I will share some of my strategies for getting splash hits. See you in the cove.