Shannon here with another update! This time our adventure takes Arthur and I to Telegraph Field of Pier 27 in San Francisco. If you you've ever been to the city of SF, you know how the roads go every which way and you can easily find yourself turned around or lost. So imagine our thoughts when we heard there was a soccer field off pier 27 right next to Fisherman's Wharf. Then imagine the looks on our faces while we were trying to find it. Eventually we came across a fence with a sign for telegraph field, so naturally we ventured in. The man at the gate promptly asked of for ten bucks for parking. Luckily, and to our surprise, we were able to get it waived after we explained what we were there for. We pulled on through and found ourselves in a parking lot surrounded by warehouses and truck loading/unloading zones, ideal for a soccer field right? The guy at the gate didn't say anything, and the sign pointed us here, so the field had to be in there, and it was! At the back of the parking lot was a soccer field, a very nice soccer field.
The field was an outdoor-indoor (made for indoor put in outdoor) turf field. The field was surrounded by a high metal fence to contain the game and keep any stray balls from finding there way into the middle of the parking lot. Shortly after arriving we struck up a conversation with a player who's team was up next to play. He explained the differences between the rules of "outdoor-indoor" soccer compared to the traditional rules of soccer. He also explained that there team was short a few players and could use some people to sub in; thats where I come in. Then his teammate quickly corrected him saying they can't use subs because they are not registered with the team; Thats where I don't come in. Sorry Weplayers, you'll have to wait for another day to see my skills.
We spoke with some different teams, and one team in particular caught our eye. The BFFC, as they called themselves, stands for The Best Friend Forever Football Club. They had won their game that day 6 - 1. One of the players on the team told us how he played soccer all his life and doesn't enjoy anything more. The other players too had played soccer before, but don't commit to the sport as faithfully. We also spoke with a losing team who was kinda reluctant to give us a group photo, but soon realized it was just a game and let us take a few snap shots of them. Thats all you can ask for, to be humble when you win, and hold your head high when you lose.
Till next time,
S & A