It seems like forever since the Giants played a home game, but they’re back in action Friday against Vallejo native CC Sabathia and the Brewers.
It’s going to be an exciting homestand, starting with Orange Friday and Crazy Crab Night. The anti-mascot, whose tenure lasted for just the 1984 season, will make an appearance, and the first 20,000 fans will get a Crazy Crab bobblehead. Before the game, there will be a special Crazy Crab Feed, where attendees will get a different version of the Crazy Crab bobblehead, this one with trash, rosin bags and gloves strewn at its feet (and its hat at a rakish tilt). Note that you need special prepurchased tickets to attend the Crab Feed and get the special bobblehead.
Remember that it’s also a Forever Giants Friday, with a special guest signing autographs from 5:45 to 6:15 near the Giants bullpen. My guess is that it’ll be one of the players attending Saturday’s Pitchers and Catchers 50th Anniversary Reunion (listen to KNBR at 8 a.m. Friday to find out who it is). There’s quite an impressive list of players slated to attend this second of three 50th Anniversary reunions, including Dave Dravecky, Mike McCormick, Robb Nen, John Montefusco, Ed Halicki and Gaylord Perry.
Following Saturday’s game, fans are invited to stay for the annual Fellowship Day, featuring testimonies from Giants and (likely) Brewers players.
Former Giants manager Roger Craig is attending the reunion on Saturday, and he’ll also be there Sunday for a “Humm Baby” celebration. The first 20,000 fans get a Humm Baby T-shirt, and former Giants announcers Hank Greenwald and Ron Fairly will also be at the park.
The homestand continues for six more games vs. the Nationals and D-backs, with promotions including a Matt Cain bobblehead, the annual Toy Drive and more. I’ll have further details on the remainder of the homestand later. See you at the yard!
The Giants return home Friday for a six-game homestand against the Reds and Rockies at AT&T Park. Friday’s opener features not only the return of Dusty Baker but it’s also Orange Friday and Retro Cap Night, with the first 20,000 fans getting a replica of the famous orange-billed cap worn by the Giants in the ’80s.
It’s also the second Forever Giants Friday, with a special Giants alumni guest slated to visit the ballpark. Whoever it is will be signing autographs near the left-field bullpen mound from 5:45-6:15 p.m. for the first 100 fans. To find out who it is, listen to Murph and Mac on KNBR 680 at 8 a.m. Friday.
The first Forever Giants Friday featured Darrell Evans, the slugging infielder who played for the Giants from 1976 to 1983. Coincidentally, he was the player featured on that game’s season ticket (this year’s season ticket booklet features a different Giants alum or broadcaster on each ticket). And an AT&T Park usher pointed out it was also the 28th anniversary, to the day, of the game where Evans committed three errors in one inning to tie a National League record.