“It’s taken almost three years to bring this event together,” said Giants CEO Larry Baer, onstage for Giants Night at the JCCSF on June 25. “But I don’t think we could have settled on a more perfect date.”
Perfect indeed. Fans filled Kanbar Hall to hear Baer, General Manager Brian Sabean and Manager Bruce Bochy give the inside scoop on the team, just hours after Tim Lincecum pitched a no-hitter against the San Diego Padres, the second of his career.
Lincecum wasn’t the only topic of discussion, not by a long shot. Fans drank in Giants details from the front office, the clubhouse, the dugout and the field. And in a perk common to all Arts & Ideas events, the audience had its say. The evening’s Q&A session was pure San Francisco. One man praised the Giants announcers, John Miller in particular, but took issue with the number of ads during broadcast games. “Pretty soon,” he wondered, “will every pitch be brought to you by somebody?” Another fan commended the Giants for reaching out to the LGBT community, but asked, “What’s up with there never being a same-sex couple on the Kiss Cam?” The questions may have been pointed but the feeling stayed warm and fuzzy; nothing could put a dent in the evening’s good cheer. It was, after all, a lovefest, for a ball club as quirky as the city it calls home.
Watch the entire event, including a musical introduction by Beach Blanket Babylon's Tammy Nelson, sporting not a ball cap but a hat the size of a ballpark.
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