It shouldn’t be too tough to get tickets for the Giants’ three-game series against the Nationals this week, but if you’re looking for a great deal on either really cheap seats or really good seats, I’ve got a few tips.
First, the entire series features KNBR ticket specials, with seats in the View Reserved Outfield available for only $6.80. If you’re a fan of the Giants flagship radio station’s personalities, many of them will be at Thursday’s day game, working as members of the grounds crew, balldudes and peanut vendors, singing the national anthem, participating in pregame contests and more.
Wondered how people get to sit in those amazing seats right behind home plate and next to the dugouts? Well, some are available via a ticket auction run by the Giants with a portion of the proceeds going to the Giants Community Fund and Community Access Ticket Service. Select games, including some versus the Dodgers, are up for bid right now.
If you’re coming to the game Tuesday, bring $5 or a toy for the Giants’ Christmas in July Toy Drive and you’ll get a nifty orange Giants stocking. It’s also Family Safety Day, which usually entails an interesting safety festival along Terry Francois Boulevard. And if you’re a knitting enthusiast, get special tickets for Stitch-N-Pitch Night, a weirdly wildly popular event at ballparks across the country.
And Wednesday, finish off your set of Gamer posters with the Omar Vizquel version, given to the first 20,000 fans. It’s Law Enforcement Night, so come salute those who help keep us safe.
Quick side note — Standing in center field after Sunday’s game: a camel. You don’t see that every day.
The animal was one of several on hand for the Giants’ annual Picnic in the Park for season-ticket holders. The team’s most loyal fans also got autographs from a host of Giants players, played catch on the field, enjoyed games and received raffle prizes.
This weekend was a showcase for how important history is to the Giants’ organization, as they kicked off the three-game set with Dave Dravecky as the Forever Giants Friday guest. It continued on Saturday with the second of three wonderful 50th Anniversary reunions, this one for pitchers and catchers from the San Francisco era. Our associate reporter David Biderman did a story about the event, and I contributed some photos.
On Sunday, the Giants celebrated Humm Baby himself, former Giants manager Roger Craig, who threw out the first pitch. Fans got Humm Baby T-shirts and the scoreboard showed highlights from the ’80s when Craig’s “You Gotta Like These Kids” teams did great things.
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!
A quick reminder that there a couple of cool, albeit very different giveaways this weekend. On Saturday, the first 20,000 fans get the annual trading card set. On Sunday, in honor of PG&E Solar Day, the first 20,00 receive a compact fluorescent light bulb.
Did you know AT&T Park was the first Major League ballpark to have solar panels?
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.”
One 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.
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.
For 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.
It’s almost time for the Giants to return to AT&T Park, and they’re giving you no excuse to miss the action this weekend vs. the Padres. On Friday, when Matt Cain opposes Greg Maddux for what seems like the one billionth time, fans can get $13 off selected tickets (use the code OMAR when ordering online) as part of the Giants’ night of honoring Omar Vizquel for breaking Luis Aparicio’s record for most games played at shortstop.
Aparicio himself will be in attendance for the pregame ceremony honoring his fellow Venezuelan. And because it’s also Until There’s a Cure Night, there will be postgame fireworks. It’s also Orange Friday, so dress appropriately.
More discounts come Sunday, when Tim Lincecum pitches. The Giants K Zone Offer takes $9 off selected tickets, since Lincecum, Tyler Walker and Brian Wilson combined to strike out nine batters Tuesday. Use code GIANTSK when ordering online. Fans attending Sunday’s game not only get to see Lincecum pitch, the first 20,000 receive a good-looking 50th Anniversary cap.
In between, on Saturday, we get the interesting (but unrelated) combination of Marine Mammal Day (a Lou Seal favorite) and LDS Day. The first 5,000 fans who donate $5 to the Marine Mammal Center on Saturday will receive a commemorative pin.
Time for more home decorating Tuesday, when the giveaway to the first 20,000 fans will be the second in the “Gamer” poster series, this one featuring Aaron Rowand.
Special note for Thursday: After the 12:45 game vs. the Astros, the annual San Francisco Unified School District’s AAA High School Championship Game will be held at AT&T Park, pitting defending champion Lowell High School against George Washington High. Admission is free, and fans already at the Giants game are encouraged to stay to watch and cheer for these young athletes getting to play in a Major League ballpark.
Monday kicks off Asian Heritage Week at AT&T Park, with four nights devoted to celebrating different Asian cultures. Fans who buy special tickets sit in the heritage night seating section and receive a special Giants-themed gift available only to those with the special tickets.
Monday: Chinese Heritage Night (cap)
Tuesday: Korean Heritage Night (T-shirt)
Wednesday: Filipino Heritage Night (T-shirt)
Friday: Japanese Heritage Night (Masanori Murakami bobblehead, in honor of the former Giants pitcher who was the first Japanese player in the Major Leagues)
Even if you don’t have tickets for the special seating section or commemorative gift, each night will include pregame and in-game cultural entertainment. Check out a couple of videos, one from last Friday’s Mexican Heritage Night, featuring the Xiuhcoatl Aztec Dancers, and one of a lion dance troupe from last year’s Chinese Heritage Night.
Boy, Saturday was quite an exciting day at AT&T Park, starting with the Junior Giants Glove Drive (photos to come soon), Aaron Rowand receiving his 2007 Gold Glove Award, Tim Lincecum’s dazzling performance and the season debut of Omar Vizquel.
Sunday will also be a great day at the yard as the Giants and Major League Baseball mark Mother’s Day with efforts to help fight breast cancer.
As part of Genentech Strike Out Cancer Day, the first 20,000 fans will receive special pink Giants caps, and as part of MLB’s “Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer” program in association with Susan G. Komen for the Cure, players will wear pink wristbands, titanium necklaces and ribbons, pink logos will appear on bases and home plate, pink lineup cards will be in the dugout and players will use pink bats that will later be autographed and auctioned, along with the special home plates, on MLB.com to raise funds for Susan G. Komen for the Cure.