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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

You're Missing a Great Game: Not Many Bother To Show For 'Businessman's Special' Giants-Padres Matchup

Posted By on Wed, Apr 22, 2009 at 2:00 PM


Things haven't quite sunk to Pittsburgh Pirates-level -- where a paid crowd of 8,790 showed up on Monday, with an actual turnstile count of around 4,500 -- but our earlier tales about lots of empty seats at San Francisco Giants games are no longer anecdotal.

This was the scene half an hour ago, four innings into a scoreless matchup between San Diego and San Francisco -- featuring high-velocity, high-quality pitching from Barry "The Albatross" Zito.

It's a shame so few folks deigned to show up to document this occurrence. No one will believe them now.

UPDATE, 3:30 P.M.: We did miss a great game. Zito tossed seven scoreless and the home side won, 1-0, on a two-out, walk-off ground-rule double by Bengie Molina to plate Andres Torres in the 10th.

UPDATE, 4:30 P.M.: Today's announced crowd -- and those are ticket sales -- was 26,593. That's the smallest home crowd the Giants have had since moving from Candlestick Park in 2000.

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Joe Eskenazi

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Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.


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