Where was Elsbernd?
In the board's backroom private chamber, in front of a television, watching baseball.
Whatever cosmic forces that rule Major League Baseball start times chose to mess with Elsbernd on Tuesday, scheduling Game 3 of the NLCS between the San Francisco native's beloved Gigantes and the Philadelphia Phillies for Tuesday afternoon, when the board meets.
If Elsbernd experienced a post-adrenaline letdown he kept it in check, collecting his faculties in time to remove a nonbinding resolution condemning the FBI's Sept. 24 raids on trade union offices from the board's imperative agenda in order to vote against it. Performs even under pressure, that one.
Does the pressure compare to 1989 (when the Athletics swept the Giants) or 2002 (when the Angels pulled out a heartwrenching series win over the Barry Bonds-Benito Santiago-Robb Nen Giants?) No one will ever know. "I've blocked out 2002 entirely," Elsbernd said.
Was this meeting torture?
Elsbernd smiled. "Watching Brian Wilson pitching the ninth inning, and listening to Chris Daly? I don't know which is worse."