June 2008

Easy on the wallet

Just a quick reminder of a couple of ticket specials this week:

For Monday night’s game, the K-Zone Offer gets you $10 off selected bleacher and view reserved tickets, thanks to the 10 strikeouts that Monday night starter Tim Lincecum and Tyler Walker racked up in Lincecum’s last start. Use code GIANTSK when buying tickets online.

On Tuesday, get $11 bleacher and view reserved tickets thanks to NBC11. Use code NBC when buying tickets. The first 20,000 fans get the fourth in the Gamer poster series. This one is my personal favorite: Bengie Molina, who “stands in front of freight trains.”
molina.jpgOne final note for Tuesday: It’s also Singles Night II, so if you think the perfect date would be a fellow Giants fan (and who wouldn’t?), this event’s for you.

Overnight sensation

sunrise.jpgAfter the Giants wrap up their homestand Wednesday vs. the Tigers, it’ll be time for an annual tradition that’s one of the most special experiences the Giants offer to fans: the AT&T Park Slumber Party.

I attended the first three Slumber Parties (this year will be the sixth time they’ve held it), and it’s hard to describe just how special the night is. While I get to go onto the field at AT&T Park on a regular basis, many fans dream about getting to just set foot on it once. At the Slumber Party, you get to spend the entire night there, and it’s pretty surreal.

The Giants also make it a very entertaining night all around, especially for families. The warning track is ringed with all kinds of games, from air hockey to Playstations to speed pitch, and in recent years, AT&T has set up a WiFi tent for fans to surf the Internet and send e-mail. Some fans even bring their own laptops to take advantage of the ballpark’s free wireless access; I did a live blog from the Slumber Party several years ago. Fans obviously enjoy the chance just to play catch and walk around barefoot on the lush lawn that the big leaguers tread upon. I still get a kick thinking of the two women who were thrilled to find the shells of Barry Bonds’ sunflower seeds in left field.

There’s plenty of food, all of the party variety (pizza, ice cream, popcorn), and a lot of fans get a kick out of eating dinner in the dugout. A couple of movies are usually shown on the ballpark’s video board, even nicer since it was replaced with a giant HD screen two years ago. In the past, they’ve also given away mattresses, with the lucky winners getting to sleep upon their prize that very night.

The wakeup call comes early at the ballpark, but I recommend getting up even before that to catch the sun rising over the East Bay hills. It’s a spectacular sight as it rises over the Coke bottle in left, before a nice buffet breakfast and the delivery of photos taken at home plate the night before (the Giants’ amazing publications department stays up all night printing them). Fans leave with a cool goodie bag of Slumber Party favors.

This year, a great added bonus is an autograph session with Tim Lincecum and Brian Wilson. That alone could be worth the price, as Lincecum is an All-Star candidate this year and Wilson is leading the league in saves.

I’d call the Slumber Party a once-in-a-lifetime experience, but there are folks who have returned year after year since the inaugural event in 2003. It’s not too late to sign up and see for yourself what a treat this night is.

Battle of the Bay resumes

As if the annual Bay Bridge Series weren’t enough reason to come to the ballpark this weekend …

shirt_0613_180x150.gifThe series vs. the A’s kicks off on Orange Friday with Barry Zito facing his former team, and it’s also ’80s Night, with the first 20,000 fans receiving a retro ’80s-style jersey T-shirt.

Based on the clues on the 50th Anniversary page, I can say without a doubt that the Forever Giants Fridays guest will be beloved third baseman Matt Williams. He’ll also be at the ballpark on Saturday for the first of the three big 50th Anniversary reunions, this one for Giants infielders from the past 50 years. Some of the others scheduled to attend (subject to change, of course):

Joe Amalfitano, Dave Bergman, Ernie Bowman, Ed Bressoud, Orlando Cepeda, Jim Davenport, Shawon Dunston, Darrell Evans, Tito Fuentes, David Green, Ron Hunt, Duane Kuiper, Johnnie LeMaster, Greg Litton, Bill Madlock, Willie McCovey, Willie Montanez, Rich Murray, John Patterson, Marty Perez, Mike Phillips, Ken Reitz, Steve Scarsone, J.T. Snow, Daryl Spencer, Joe Strain, Derrel Thomas and Scot Thompson.

bandana_180x150.gifBefore Saturday’s game, the A’s and Giants wives will face off in their annual softball game, always an entertaining event. And the first 20,000 fans will get a neat 50th Anniversary bandana.

bottles.jpgSunday’s giveaway is a good-looking Giants water bottle, in honor of CHW’s annual Make Time for Fitness Day. One of the many cool things about AT&T Park is that there’s an official CHW walking course there. It’s a good workout in a beautiful setting, so there’s another good reason to get to the park early.

Luck of the Irish

Tonight’s the first of two Irish Nights at AT&T Park, and fans with special tickets will receive Irish-themed Giants T-shirts and sit in the Irish Night section.

Even without the special ticket, fans in attendance will get to enjoy Irish-themed pregame and in-game entertainment. There will be another Irish Night, this one with a commemorative cap for those who purchase special tickets, on Aug. 19, kicking off another Heritage Week.

The first 20,000 fans in attendance tonight will receive the third in the “Gamer” poster series, this one featuring Tim Lincecum.

lincecum.jpgFor Tuesday’s game, by the way, there’s another ticketing promotion: Courtesy of Giants broadcasting partner NBC11, view reserved and bleacher seats are only $11. Enter code NBC when purchasing tickets.

I just noticed a new promotion on the schedule for Wednesday: Planet Green Presents: Get Your Green On! Fans who wear green to the game will have a chance to win prizes, and the first 1,000 fans who show proof they took public transit to the game get a reusable fabric grocery bag.