High above a blurry sea of twirling orange rally rags, a light sprinkle began to fall on the 43,000 of us gathered at AT&T Park to watch Game 7 of the NLCS. The rain had held off for long enough to see the San Francisco Giants score nine runs through eight innings and we all were ready to celebrate.
With Javier Lopez on the mound against the top of the St Louis Cardinals' lineup, the sprinkle quickly became a heavy rain and then a full-on downpour. If this were any other night, the game would have been called right then. But it was Game 7 of the playoffs and the final out had to be recorded.
A walk, fielder's choice, strikeout, and another walk later, Giants manager Bruce Bochy pulled Lopez with 2 outs in the top of the ninth. Soaked to the bone, the sellout crowd had no choice but to boo the pitching change, then promptly cheer the onslaught of Mother Nature.
Finally, with Sergio Romo on the mound, Matt Holliday popped out to second base and all of AT&T Park erupted into a deafening roar. While some fans quickly dripped their way out of the stadium, most of us stood there, embracing the wetness, waving our rally rags, and waiting for Marco Scutaro to be named the NLCS MVP.
By the time I got onto the San Francisco MUNI train to head home, there was not a dry inch of clothing on my body. I was cold, shivering, and couldn't have been more excited about the entire experience. Lets Go Giants! I'm ready for another ticker tape parade.
About the Author:
Greg Goodman is a lifetime New York Mets fan, photographer and world traveler. He chronicles his journeys -to baseball stadiums and international destinations alike - in the digital magazine of his life: Adventures of a GoodMan.com.
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Baseball Stadium Fisheye Tour - the full photographic series
Epic Baseball Road Trip - 5 stadiums in 5 days and 1,260 miles
For more photos and videos at Greg's Game 7 NLCS recap