My son Danny and his friend Thomas Todd have started a fan podcast about the World Champion San Francisco Giants (I never get tired of saying that), with associated blog and website. The podcast is called “Two Guys, A Glove, and a Coke Bottle,” (despite their own joke that the name sounds like a gay porno). The podcast is available on iTunes, and also on their website at Giantspod.net.
Last Saturday the three of us attended the annual Fanfest at the Giants’ home, AT&T Park. The place was packed, over 40,000 people slurping beer and hot dogs, strolling around on the field, waiting on long lines for autographs, trying to catch glimpses of favorite players, and proudly displaying their team colors.
After we wandered all over the park for a couple of hours, the highlight of our day came when we stumbled upon catcher Buster Posey, pitcher Madison Bumgarner, and infielder Pablo Sandoval (the Kung Fu Panda) being interviewed in front of a couple hundred adoring fans on the club level.
I shot quite a few pictures, some of which are on this page. To see the whole slideshow, go to:
Check it out. Go Giants!
All photos Copyright 2011 by Bill Zarchy.
2 thoughts on “Giants Fanfest 2011 Slide Show”
Bill, thanks for the reminder. Great to see these photos. I was there too with my two daughters (13 and 10). In fact, they got up at 6 o’clock, cooked me breakfast and insisted we get there at 9 when the ticket windows opened. Well, I figured there’d be a big crowd but I wasn’t prepared for 40,000 people, and thus began a full day of standing in lines. The girls really wanted some tickets, and 2 1/2 hours later it was our turn. Then, once inside, they really wanted some autographs. We started and left three lines before settling in to the “kids only” line under the scoreboard in center field. Each line was as long or longer than the last and we never did get any autographs. My entire experience, except for about five minutes on the field where we got to step on the pitcher’s mound, was about standing in line, talking to my neighbors, hoping we’d get to the autograph table before they shut it down. It’s amazing what parents do to please their kids, isn’t it? I had to question my sanity!
Bill, this time I liked the photos a lot. They are excellent. I especially liked # 20 (got buster), # 24 (They allow miniskirts in the park?), # 28 (That wasn’t Willie Mays, was it?), # 39 (cool), # 58 (loved the coke bottle and the glove), # 61 (cool shot of all the mice on the field), # 65 (that is a great t-shirt), # 68 (now that is a professional picture), # 100 (pretty cool), # 107 (Did you ask her if she was molded into the jeans?), # 116 (What is that guy holding in his hand?), # 117 (a t-shirt for us old timers who remember these players), # 120 (What is that?), and finally, no # (Where is a picture of you; how do we know you were even there?).
It looks like SF had a warm day because a lot of the people are in short sleeves except of course the lady in the while tank top somewhere in these pictures. Did y’all have to stand in a lot of lines like Larry Hebegger and his daughters did?