May 2010

Sudsy Saturday

brewfestfans.jpgbrewfest.jpgbrewfestfans.jpgWhat goes together better than beer and baseball? The Giants held their first Brewfest before Saturday’s game, with the line to get into the Lot D event stretching clear across the Lefty O’Doul Bridge before the Brewfest opened.

Fans attending got a souvenir Giants sampling glass and a punch card good for seven tastings from among the nine participating San Francisco
Brewer’s
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craft breweries: The Beach Chalet, 21st Amendment Brewery, Thirsty Bear Brewing Co., Magnolia Gastropub and Brewery, Social Kitchen and Brewery, Gordon Biersch, Speakeasy, Lagunitas Indian Pale Ale and Blue Moon.

Lions ring in busy homestand

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Tuesday was not only the start of a nine-game homestand for the Giants at AT&T Park, it was Chinese Heritage Night, one of many special events slated for the ballpark during the season. Those with special pre-purchased tickets, proceeds of which will benefit local Chinese charities, received a Giants-themed “Year of the Tiger” figurine.

Pregame entertainment featured the always-amazing lion dancers, a video of which is embedded below. Check out Lou Seal having some fun with his new friend partway through the video.

The remainder of the homestand is jam-packed with promotions and special events, including:

skatedeck.jpgWednesday: Crazy Crab crab feed and Avon Walk for Breast Cancer Night

Thursday: Day baseball!

Friday: College Night and Healthcare Night

Saturday: Brewfest at the Park, Exploratorium Day and Giants cap giveaway

Sunday: Giants skateboard deck giveaway (shown at right)

Monday: Day baseball! Giants stars and stripes T-shirt giveaway

Tuesday: Irish Heritage Night

Wednesday: Senior Appreciation Night, Girls Softball Night with Jennie Finch and San Jose Giants Night

A special note about Monday’s Memorial Day game: Not only is it a day game, but Tim Lincecum is scheduled to make his 100th Major League start against Rockies ace (and no-hitter owner) Ubaldo Jimenez. Best of all, that game is a Giants Dynamic Deal of the Week, with View Level tickets available for just $7. See you at the yard!

Switchfoot rocks the Club

Tuesday wasn’t just Carnaval Night at AT&T Park, it was the first installment of the Giants’ new pregame concert series, this one featuring Switchfoot. Fans purchased special tickets to attend the acoustic set on the Club Level Terrace, and they got their money’s worth, as radio station sponsor Live 105 DJ No Name encouraged all fans in attendance to get ridiculously close to the object of their musical affection.

switchfoot.jpgSo enthusiastic was the crowd (even beyond the young woman who kept screaming, “We love you, Switchfoot!” and eventually snapped a tabletop off its pedestal when she stood on it) that lead singer Jon Foreman had to chastise fans for cheering when he announced they were from San Diego — the Giants were taking on the Padres later that evening.

Fun sidenote: When the ballpark opened 10 years ago, what is now the Club Level Terrace was originally a port and cigar bar area. How times have changed.

Below, check out the band performing the title track off their most recent album, “Hello Hurricane,” and take note of fans along the ballpark’s View Level taking advantage of the chance to see a bit of the concert for free:

Lou Seal feels the spirit of Carnaval

The Giants celebrated Carnaval Night on Tuesday, and the pregame entertainment featured dancers and drummers getting into the rhythm of Carnaval (watch video here). Giants mascot Lou Seal couldn’t help but join in, as seen in the video below: