Boy, it seemed like forever since there’d been a game at AT&T Park before the Giants returned home and kicked off a 10-game stay with Orange Friday. They’re back, finally, and plenty of cool things are on tap at the yard, which has already seen a nice retirement ceremony for Kirk Rueter and today’s Strike Out Cancer commemoration. (Side note: PA announcer Renel Brooks-Moon did an excellent rendition of the national anthem, accompanied on keyboards by the ballpark’s DJ, Michael Addicott, aka DJ Addi.)
This week is the very popular Heritage Week, starting with the season’s second Irish Heritage Night on Monday and continuing with Italian Heritage Night, Jewish Heritage Night, African American Heritage Night and the first Mexican Heritage Night. Fans with special tickets, available online, can redeem them at the game for a nifty heritage-themed item, like a Giants cap in Hebrew or the very cool Giants sombrero.
Monday is also "Law and Disorder" Legal Professionals Night, where judges, lawyers, law students, friends and family who purchase special tickets will be treated to an evening of baseball, drinks, live music and a speaking engagement by Jack Bair, the Giants’ general counsel and a pretty good baseball player himself.
On Saturday, the Giants will welcome nearly 5,000 participants in the Junior Giants program to Junior Giants Day at the ballpark. The Giants Community Fund helps more than 13,000 kids get the chance to play baseball in areas that otherwise might not have that opportunity, while also providing them with life lessons about character, leadership, teamwork and other positive qualities. For some, this is their first chance to see a Major League game in person. I can’t say enough about this wonderful no-fee, non-competitive program, and it’s a treat to see these kids get to parade around the field before the game.
Finally, the first 20,000 fans at Sunday’s game will get a pack of Emerald Nuts trading cards. And don’t forget that kids get to run the bases after every Sunday home game. Line up along the Portwalk outside the free viewing arches for that.