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SAN FRANCISCO -- Myles and William Miller made quite the haul Tuesday afternoon at AT&T Park.
The 7-year-old twins, accompanied by their father, Richard, not only got two souvenir bats and two foul balls -- one tossed to them by Philadelphia right-hander Roy Oswalt -- but also got to see the Giants beat the Phillies, 3-0, to take a 2-1 advantage in the National League Championship Series.
"It was brilliant," said Richard Miller. "Brilliant pitching, clutch hitting. Cody Ross distinguished himself as the MVP so far and it was just a great day."
The Millers were a small part of a sellout crowd of 43,320 that packed AT&T Park on Tuesday afternoon for Game 3 of the NLCS.
Although in their heyday, day games were prime dates for schoolchildren to play hooky, that wasn't the case for Myles and William, who are home-schooled. Still, their father decided to bring his sons out to AT&T Park and spend the day at the field.
"They've never lost a game we've been to, so we figured we should come out," Richard Miller said. "We'll come to the next two, probably."
While night games at AT&T Park are known to be chilly, Tuesday's 1:20 p.m. PT first pitch was perfect baseball weather, as the game-time temperature was 62 degrees.
"It was amazing," said Tamisha Smith, 18. "Just a really nice day to be out here."
Smith was at the game with Tim Fiesur, 19, and the two had standing-room-only tickets. Fiesur said he bought the tickets for $120 each, the cheapest he could find. Although the price was a bit more than he wanted to pay, he said he had a great day on the shores of McCovey Cove.
"It was tight. I haven't been to a game in two years," Fiesur said. "There were a lot of people here and I was super pumped to be here. I had standing-[room]-only tickets, but there was nowhere to stand. There were basically just lots of people here."
After Giants closer Brian Wilson got a game-inning double play from Phillies outfielder Raul Ibanez, the concourse by the Second and King Street entrance became engulfed by the orange and black of Giants fans. Chants of "Let's go Giants!" and high-fives between strangers echoed throughout the AT&T Park corridor.
If the Giants keep winning, the postgame celebration will get even louder with more and more fans clamoring to get into the park.
"I'm hoping to come back for the World Series, but I'm not sure if I could spend that much again," Fiesur said. "I hope to come back soon, though. It was a great day."