We are now 300 miles south of San Francisco as we sit overlooking hazy Los Angeles. Gone is the fog and crisp air that makes San Francisco so distinct, as one sports writer so eloquently put it, "Groundhog Day has moved to Hollywood."
After a day off from seven home games, rumors abound that Barry Bonds may sit for tonight’s game against the arch rival Dodgers. Since the glory years east of the Hudson, these two teams have generally hated each other. I can remember as a kid the bleachers being cleared in San Francisco during a Giants v. Dodgers game. It was my 16th birthday and my family, friends and I watched from across the stadium as Giants and Dodgers fans beer-brawled to the point that seemingly everyone was ejected.
I can also remember the games here in L.A. in the 1990s where Bonds would hit home runs, yet the Giants would lose the pennant thanks to a Dodgers victory. Sitting behind first base, the boos sounded like a jet hovered above Chavez Ravine as Bonds walked to the plate ... I can only imagine how quiet those boos will be in comparison to his first at-bat this time when he is so close to “Hammerin’ Hank’s” record.
Speaking of "so close", on Sunday afternoon, we were in our normal right field position in San Francisco when Bonds almost tied the record. I know, "almost" is only good, as the old saying goes, in hand grenades and horseshoes, but we were right on the verge of seeing history with an asterisks in our laps. Bonds hit a ball to the right field wall, the stadium roared with thunder and Lance (our SF FNC photographer) was above the right field wall as the ball sailed below him and into a glove for an out. We were in a direct line.
So with no more home runs hit, the Barry show now comes to the southland. The Dodgers front office already reports media gridlock that can only be compared to commute hours on the 405 freeway (worst in the world). Special security is in place, and as with every Dodgers v. Giants series, things are going to get interesting. We’ll keep you updated.
Adam Housley joined FOX News Channel in 2001 as a Los Angeles-based correspondent. Most recently, Housley reported from President Ford's funeral. He also reported from Nicaragua and El Salvador on the war against drugs and scored an exclusive interview with Sandinista leader, Daniel Ortega. You can read his full bio here.
Adam Housley joined Fox News Channel (FNC) in 2001 and currently serves as a Los Angeles-based senior correspondent.