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Standing up to Cancer, Bent over by Giants

Stand Diego (Photo Courtesy of <a href="">Caitlin</a>)
Stand Diego (Photo Courtesy of Caitlin)
  • Sometimes you have to stand up to the neighborhood bully.  Like King Leonidas I made a stand with a brave 300 other Padres fans last night.  We stood up to Cancer.  We wore bright yellow shirts and stood in front of our seats in section 133 for the entire length of the game. We were joined in the cause by Heath Bell, who stood the entire game in the bullpen to honor his father.
  • Img-20100909-00034_medium Not knowing too much about Stand Up 2 Cancer, I initially looked at the event as a feat of strength.  Standing for 3 hours seemed like a worthy challenge.  I scoured the internet for tips to standing for long periods of time, but didn't come away with much.  I can tell you some techniques I used. I shifted my weight periodically.  I did a little soft shoe, dancing a quick jig whenever the mood arose. I kept my knees slightly bent careful not to lock them.  I leaned on people next to me.  I also found it helpful mentally to keep myself occupied with trying to catch my fellow participants who looked like they might sit down on Cancer's lap.
  • At some point between the 3rd and the 6th inning when the Giants were raining home run balls on the poor children at the Petco Beach, a Giants fan dressed in a prison uniform came to heckle us.  "STAND UP FOR THE GIANTS!"  My response was that we were there for that very reason since the Giants are the cancer of the league.
  • The Padres Bullpen has been harnessing the power of the Force for most of the season with Yoda and other Star Wars backpacks.  Yoda is now being employed by the Padres offense in the form of a Star Wars bat cover.  The accompanying picture is Miguel Tejada's bat (0-2 last night).  I can hear Yoda now complaining about Padres swinging at the first pitch: "I cannot teach him. The boy has no patience."
  • While Jon Garland and Kevin Correia were leaking runs like a sieve.  I stood there with furrowed brow glaring at the field, arms crossed, and quite displeased in the team's performance.  I looked to my right and Mentor was standing in the exact same position.  I asked him to stop copying me.
  • I was glad to see Ryan Ludwick finally get a home run.  It had been forevs since his last.  Is it just me or has he really been tested the last few games in right field?  I swear he has looked kind of slow getting to balls.
  • The Giants hit so many homers yesterday that I'm kinda hoping they just got it out of their system and we'll have a nice little pitcher's duel tonight.

Final - 9.9.2010 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
San Francisco Giants 1 0 2 1 2 1 0 0 0 7 13 0
San Diego Padres 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 3 5 0
WP: Matt Cain (11 - 10)
LP: Jon Garland (13 - 11)

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