I took my daughter to the Giants-A’s exhibition game tonight, which was notable for a few things:

  • The Giants played like absolute crap
  • There was a big, sepia-toned full moon just above the horizon
  • The seagulls which usually arrive as the game is ending came about the fifth inning and kept circling the park at least until after the game was over and we left.

The picture (from my phone) gives only a slight indication of just how damn many birds there were, and none of the feeling of being in a fishing Hitchcock movie. A lot of people near us left early because they were seriously freaked out.  (I put my hood on, and not because I was cold.)

Mike Schilling

Mike has been a software engineer far longer than he would like to admit. He has strong opinions on baseball, software, science fiction, comedy, contract bridge, and European history, any of which he's willing to share with almost no prompting whatsoever.


  1. Maybe if Barry Bonds was still there, launching moon shots to clear the air…

      • I can’t even come up with a good Gavvy Cravath

        While playing in California, Cravath reportedly picked up his nickname of “Gavvy” by hitting a ball that killed a seagull (“gaviota” in Spanish) in flight.

        or Dave Winfield

        On August 4, 1983, Winfield accidentally killed a seagull by throwing a ball while warming up before the fifth inning of a game at Toronto’s Exhibition Stadium. Yankee manager Billy Martin quipped, “It’s the first time he’s hit the cutoff man all season.”


      • Also, according to baseball-reference the only Siegel who ever played in the majors was Fred Siegel, who hit .226 in 8 games for the Philadelphia Keystones of the Union Association in 1884. No jokes there either. (If you believe Bill James, he wasn’t even a major-leaguer.)

  2. “A lot of people near us left early because they were seriously freaked out.”

    Did the run, run so far away?

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