Fans arriving early for tonight’s game might have been surprised to see many of the players on the field standing about 3 feet tall. It was the Giants’ annual Family Day, where players and their wives bring the kids to the park to play a little softball on the field. My favorite had to be little Omar Alfonzo, who took the whole thing very seriously, stretching with his dad, Eliezer, batting left-handed, running the regulation base paths instead of the shortened ones set up for the kids and sliding into home like a pro.
Here are some photos from the event.
By the way, if you think this looks like fun, the Giants have an amazing event coming up that will let you do the same thing: Family Day in the Park on July 30. Most people would love just to have the opportunity to set foot on the AT&T Park field, but at Family Day, you can hit off a pitching machine at home plate, run the bases, play catch in the outfield, use the Giants’ indoor batting cages and watch the Giants vs. Pirates road game on the Astrovision board. It even includes ballpark snacks! A family of four can participate for under a hundred bucks, and they have larger group rates, too.
In keeping with the family theme, it was Build-A-Bear Night at the yard tonight, with the first 6,000 kids getting an adorable Giants-themed bear. When I first heard they were adding a Build-A-Bear Workshop to the Coca-Cola Fan Lot this year, I wondered if it would really do much business, but it seems to be quite popular, with the line of folks picking up bears and Lou Seal dolls lasting well after the final out most games. They *are* quite cute, I gotta say.
It was a stunning 85 degrees at first pitch (6:06 p.m.) tonight, quite possibly the hottest night game ever played at AT&T Park. The odd start time got me thinking about next year, when the All-Star Game will be played here. The Midsummer Classic hasn’t been played in the Pacific time zone since 2001 in Seattle, and though the players may not like having to deal with the sun and shadows, it will be a real treat to see the Home Run Derby and the game played mostly in daylight.