Saturday, May 11, 2024

2024 Mother’s Day Weekend - Day #2

Sleeping late, Sharon and I eventually had breakfast in the hotel (Mark's Classic Breakfast and Buttermilk Pancakes). Lounging in the room, we debated how to spend the morning. We had talked about going to the Presidio and hiking, but eventually settled on visiting Jewish Comtemporary Museum.

We walked down through Union Square and across Market to the Museum. Although the second story was closed for a new exhibition installation, there was an interesting exhibition titled RetroBlakesberg: The Music Never Stopped on the first floor. The exhibition brings together more than 200 photographs and related ephemera from the years 1978 to 2008 by Jay Blakesberg.

The museum is housed in an interesting building. The Jessie Street Substation is on the National Register of Historic Places. The Classical Revival building was originally constructed in 1881 but was remodeled twice by Willis Polk between 1905 and 1909 after being damaged by the 1906 earthquake and two fires. It served as an energy utilities substation until 1924.

Afterwards, Sharon and I walked up to the Fairmont Hotel and had a glass of wine at the bar. Neither of us were impressed with the restaurant or the bar...

I got tickets to the San Francisco Giants versus Cincinnati Red Major League Baseball game. We walked from the Mark Hopkins to Jack's apartment. From there, we got an Uber to Oracle Park.

We met Drew and Carmen at the stadium. The last couple of games that we have attended, I have got tickets on the right field wall. I got tickets in section 146, row 3, seat 7 to 11. The game had an odd start time: 4:15 pm. The ballpark was packed. The announced attendance was 37,321; the park holds 40,260.

Matt Chapman hit a grand slam in the bottom of the first inning. Mason Black made the lead stand up by allowing one run in 4 1/3 innings in his home debut giving up a solo homer to Elly De La Cruz in the fourth. The Giants right fielders threw out three runners trying to stretch a single into a double! The Giants beat the Reds by the score of 5 to 1.

After the game, Drew and Carmen gave Jack, Sharon and I a ride back to the Mark Hopkins. The three of us finished the night with some small plates (shrimp tacos, short rib sliders and flatbread) at the Top of the Mark.

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