By Jason Snell
October 27, 2014 9:30 AM PT
A day at the ballpark
(Trigger warning: Sports. But this story also contains: Passbook, Apple Pay, iPhone 6 photos, and mustard.)
So I am a baseball fan, and my team is in the World Series. Last night’s game was in San Francisco, and I somehow won the lottery to buy tickets, and so my wife and I went to the game. We went early, had a beer at the 21st Amendment Brewery that’s next door to my old office and right down the street from the ballpark.
We walked around the entire stadium on the outside to take in the insane spectacle of a World Series game, with a huge crowd and TV sets everywhere, and—even a couple of hours before the game—the cove outside the right field wall full of boats large and small.
When we went inside, we used tickets that were on our iPhones via Passbook. We sat in the right field arcade and watched batting practice. We walked around the park on the inside, basking in the excitement of this last game to be held in San Francisco this season. (The series continues Tuesday in Kansas City.)
I bought a hot dog using Apple Pay. The guy running the register double-clutched and I had to validate it a second time, but it went through. It tasted of NFC and mustard. I also got to say hello to my pal, Fox Sports writer Erik Malinowski, who wrote this excellent story about ace pitcher Madison Bumgarner.
The Giants won 5-0. We cheered a lot, and left our seats as Tony Bennett’s “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” played over the public-address system. Perfect day.
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