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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

California Lawmakers Like Free Tickets to SF Giants Games

Posted By on Wed, Apr 27, 2016 at 11:10 AM

Our kind of Hardball. - PHIL TING/TWITTER
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  • Our kind of Hardball.
If the gifts given to state lawmakers are any indication, the San Francisco Giants are much more popular than the Los Angeles Dodgers. But neither baseball team attracts the interests of politicians quite like a golf match.

The Los Angeles Times did the yeoman’s work
, sifting through 2015’s Form 700 disclosures among California’s elected officials and found that $3,690 in tickets were gifted to lawmakers for baseball games, mostly for the Giants and the team’s minor league affiliate the Sacramento River Cats (who conveniently play in the state capital). As the Times pointed out, only two lawmakers attended Dodgers games (it’s unclear if they arrived in the 3rd inning and left by the 7th inning).

Of that total, $1,833 were spent on Giants tickets and only $938 on Dodgers games.

The $3,690 was out of some $32,000 in gifts related to sporting events, with $16,551 tied directly to golf, according to the Times, “including green fees, travel to tournaments and golf balls.”

So who’s footing the bill for these perks?

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Monday, January 19, 2015

San Francisco Giants Searching for Ballpark Workers: Do You Have What it Takes?

Posted By on Mon, Jan 19, 2015 at 12:30 PM

Cleanup on aisle six!
  • Cleanup on aisle six!
Amid offseason transactions, the San Francisco Giants have advertised a need for ballpark workers on the same place they apparently picked up Nori Aoki: Craigslist. 

Your World Champion Giants are in the market for ushers, Fan Lot attendants, events staff, recycling center workers, maintenance employees, field crew, and a third baseman. Each position comes with surprisingly detailed requirements. If a career in ballpark service sounds appetizing, check out these stipulations:  

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Monday, November 24, 2014

Pablo Sandoval Heads to Boston, and an Era Ends

Posted By on Mon, Nov 24, 2014 at 9:30 AM

This Panda is now locally extinct
  • This Panda is now locally extinct
Folks with well-placed sources on speed-dial are reporting this morning that Pablo "Kung-Fu Panda" Sandoval, the San Francisco Giants third baseman and inspiration for scads of Panda-related  merchandise, has agreed to terms with the Boston Red Sox. 

The loss of Sandoval, a bad-ball hitting savant with as much pitch selection as he had dietary restraint, sparks a battle between fans' hearts and minds. On the rational side, Sandoval's regular-season statistics aren't transcendent (coolly systematic devotees of on-base percentage were left shaking their heads), he's no longer a young player, he has a career-long weight problem — in short, he seems destined to be a big-market designated hitter.

On the other hand, no sport marries the rational and irrational like baseball. Fans continued to love and support Sandoval even while coolly rational stat-heads were shaking their heads. Whether or not "clutch" play — coming up when the team needs it most — really exists is actually a matter of scientific debate. But statistics don't lie: When the Giants needed Sandoval most, he produced.  More than that, however, fans loved this player because he was lovable. He was a remarkably deft yet roly poly mound among the chiseled athletes, a ball of positive energy, a man who looked, at all times, like he was having a hell of a time. 

During the team's third World Series parade in five seasons, your humble narrator watched Sandoval work the crowd and dubbed him the team's Peter Venkman, the Bill Murray character in Ghostbusters

It's hard not to root for a man like that. They will, in all likelihood, love him in Boston. 

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Friday, October 31, 2014

"Bumgarnering" Is Now a Thing

Posted By on Fri, Oct 31, 2014 at 11:57 AM

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Beloved San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner reportedly celebrated his World Series victory by drinking one beer, like a regular dude. 

But the images that really stuck with are the ones showing Bumgarner jubilantly pouring beer over himself after all of the Giants' previous post-season wins. Like he does here, here, and here.

Thus begat the new verb "Bumgarnering," for anyone who photographs him or herself shot-gunning multiple beers at once. 

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Giants Parade: The Fun Has Already Started

Posted By and on Fri, Oct 31, 2014 at 10:41 AM

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If you work anywhere along Market Street, you've probably seen, if not heard, all Giants-related noise coming from excited fans. If you're one of those who hates crowds, noise, rain, costumes, or baseball, and decided to hide in the far-flung districts this morning, here's what you're missing:

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Which Does San Francisco Hate More: Muni, Techies, or Cops?

Posted By on Thu, Oct 30, 2014 at 2:31 PM

Poignant graffiti at Vanguard Properties in the Mission. - KEVIN MONTGOMERY
  • Kevin Montgomery
  • Poignant graffiti at Vanguard Properties in the Mission.

If a line of graffiti is worth a thousand words, then this piece of aerosol art, captured by Valleywag reporter Kevin Montgomery in the melee following last night's Giants victory, speaks volumes about the soul of San Francisco.

Or it at least speaks volumes about San Franciscans' utter contempt for their municipal bus system.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Person Shot During World Series Celebration in San Francisco (Update)

Posted By on Wed, Oct 29, 2014 at 9:36 PM

Update: More people stabbed and shot. read below.

Minutes after the Giants won the World Series tonight, an unidentified person was shot and fires were started as fans began to celebrate in the streets of San Francisco. 

Police didn't have much information at this point, but said the victim was shot in the arm amid revelers in the Mission District. The victim was taken to San Francisco General Hospital and is expected to survive. 

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Monday, October 27, 2014

World Series: Madison Bumgarner's Masterpiece Puts Giants on the Precipice

Posted By on Mon, Oct 27, 2014 at 8:15 AM

The real Mr. October...
  • The real Mr. October...
What's left to say about Madison Bumgarner that hasn't been said? How do you follow an act like that? How can any article about the young pitcher's greatness ever match his actual greatness?

It can't, but we've still got to show up when he's done and do our jobs. And that sums up where the Giants stand right now. After Bumgarner's insert-flashy-synonym-for-"great"-here performance last night, the team heads back to Kansas City on the precipice of a world championship. 

Bumgarner, who tossed a four-hit shutout Sunday, is as near-automatic a win as any team has ever had in the World Series. But to finish the deal, the team's lesser players have to show up when he's done and do their jobs. 

That's why baseball fans can't wait for tomorrow's Game 6; this has been one of the most entertaining World Series in years. And that's why Giants fans, steeped in years of frustration before a pair of breakthrough world championships, haven't yet unclenched their teeth.

A bevy of statistics can be unleashed to indicate the Giants are in a great place and Bumgarner is in a legendary one. But the one stat that matters is this: No team ever took the World Series by winning just three games.   

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Giants Fan Offers to Trade $8,000 Engagement Ring for World Series Tickets

Posted By on Thu, Oct 23, 2014 at 5:02 PM

This isn't the ring posted, but you get the idea
  • This isn't the ring posted, but you get the idea
There are people who love baseball and then there are people who love baseball more than they love their significant other — a lot more. 

A Giants fan without tickets to the World Series posted a Craigslist ad offering to trade either his/her diamond ring or engagement ring which is supposedly worth $8K, for four tickets to watch the Giants play in game 4 of the World Series this weekend. If you're doubtful of its worth, the Craigslist poster is offering to get the bling appraised to prove it. 

Here's the desperate ad

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World Series: Put Game 2 in a Bottle, and Throw That Bottle in the Ocean

Posted By on Thu, Oct 23, 2014 at 8:10 AM

You wouldn't like me when I'm angry...
  • You wouldn't like me when I'm angry...
If your sympathies lie with the Orange and Black, Game 2 of the World Series was one without much in the way of redeeming features. The Giants succumbed to Kansas City's dominant bullpen; suffered an agonizing bullpen meltdown of their own; sparked an embarrassing shouting match harking to professional wrestling; and capped off the night with Tim Lincecum injuring himself mid-pitch and limping off the field. 

It's one thing to lose, but another to lose ugly. And, make no mistake, this was ugly. 

A 2-2 contest descended into chaos in the sixth when a bevy of Giants relievers were immolated in a five-run Royals barrage. The defining moment — and one providing fodder for every sportstalk yapper in the realm — was Hunter Strickland serving up yet another moonshot. This time, however, he saw fit to initiate a confrontation with Salvador Perez, who'd cracked a double off him and subsequently scored on Omar Infante's home run. It sure looks like Strickland tells Perez to "get in the dugout, boy!

That was the fifth time the flame throwing Strickland has been touched for a home run in this postseason alone. We're witnessing a bit of Byung-Hyun Kim by way of John Rocker (with hints of a Chinatown tour guide) here. 

And that's ugly

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