Chris Andrews, chief of public programs and director of the Steinhart Aquarium at the California Academy of Sciences, holds Balthazar, a red-tail boa constrictor, while throwing out the ceremonial first pitch. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
Then yesterday, as part of Star Trek Night, a number of fans participated in a pregame costume contest. Before the final judging, J.J. Abrams, director of the upcoming “Star Trek” movie, greeted fans on the video board, which also showed a trailer of the film. Here are the lucky costume contest finalists:
Don’t think ill of the dude in the middle: He’s being introduced to the crowd and soliciting applause as part of the judging. Speaking of which, Paramount Pictures representatives, folks from event sponsor Esurance and Giants relief pitcher Bob Howry picked the winner, based on applause and their own opinions. The lovely green gal (speaking of Earth Day) at right was the lucky choice — she got admission to a special advance screening of “Star Trek” and presumably a wicked case of frostbite. Seriously, it was bitterly cold and windy at the yard last night, and she deserved to win if only for the brave amount of skin she exposed.
There will be more colorful characters at the ballpark Wednesday night when the Giants host their annual Carnaval Night. Drop by Willie Mays Plaza and Lefty O’Doul Plaza starting at 5 p.m. for pregame entertainment featuring Latin dancers and drummers.
Friday night is the first of three editions of the wildly popular Singles Night, with a pregame party in Scoreboard Plaza, and don’t forget that the Willie Mays Gate opens an hour earlier than normal (4:15 p.m.) that night so fans can watch the Giants take batting practice.
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.
On Tuesday, the Giants will host the first of three Singles Nights at AT&T Park. Folks, these things work — the number of couples to result from previous Singles Nights is impressive, including several marriages. What could be better than finding a fellow Giants fan as the love of your life?
Purchase of a special ticket gets you admission to the pregame party in the plaza behind the scoreboard, a seat in the Singles Night section and one complimentary alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverage. Tickets are sold in equal numbers for men and women, so it’ll be a diverse group.