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SF Giants Chinese Heritage Night 2013

CYC members perform on the field for Chinese Heritage Night 2013.

CYC members perform on the field for Chinese Heritage Night 2013.

The San Francisco Giants played host Tuesday at AT&T Park for Chinese Heritage Night. Pre-game ceremonies started out wonderfully as the beautiful warm weather filled the park. On the field, the Community Youth Center (CYC) performed a drum routine with 20 percussionists while 15 youth were carrying a green orb followed by a 40ft long green snake in celebration of the “Year of the Snake”, this year’s Chinese New Year Zodiac year.

During the game, on the View Reserve level honoring Chinese Heritage Night guests who had purchased special tickets were allowed to receive a Collector’s Edition Giants themed “Year of the Snake” figurine. Partial ticket proceeds benefited local Chinese based charities.

In addition to the special give away for Chinese Heritage Night, in community partnership with the SF Giants were representatives of the SF Hep B Free campaign, whose purpose is to bring awareness to the community of the Hepatitis B Virus (HBV) and encourage those to get tested and vaccinated.

In support of the SF Hep B Free, local pageant title holders greeted and took pictures with fans. Some of the fans of these lovely ladies ranged from little youngsters to the elderly. It was fascinating to see the many smiles that these ladies brought to the ballpark.

Meanwhile, with all the hoopla of Chinese Heritage Night, the San Francisco Giants trailed the Colorado Rockies 6-2. The Giants scored two runs in the first two innings, while the Rockies were rocking Tim Lincecum by scoring five runs in the 2nd inning and then another in the 5th inning.

Bruce Bochy allowed Lincecum to pitch only 6 innings, giving Tim 7 strikeouts for the night. He allowed 6 total runs on 4 hits. However, the Chinese Zodiac Snake was going to bite back and benefit the SF Giants by bringing great luck and fortune as they would eventually turn things around.

The crowd came to life in the bottom of the 6th inning when the Giants picked up a base runner after Gregor Blanco was walked by Adam Ottavino. Immediately following, Hector Sanchez was walked also, moving Blanco to second base. On a wild pitch with Brandon Crawford batting, both runners then advanced to scoring position, but that wouldn’t matter because Crawford hit a three run homer to left field. A fourth run would come in as Hunter Pence singled to right allowing Nick Noonan to score. The Giants tied the Rockies 6-6 after the side was retired.

Two innings passed with no Rockies scoring. In the bottom of the 8th inning, Andres Torres doubles to right field. Angel Pagan next up at bat hits a single line drive to center field as Torres comes in to score. Marco Scutaro singles to left moving Pagan to 3rd. Next Pablo Sandoval singles scoring Pagan and moving Scutaro to 2nd. Hunter Pence lines out. Brandon Belt grounds into a force out to Sandoval at 2nd with Belt and Scutaro on the corners. Gregor Blanco with two outs on the board takes the chance with a bunt to first base, as it was going to roll foul, pitcher Wilton Lopez decides to play the ball and tries to throw out Blanco at 1st for the third out, but with no luck. Scutaro ends up scoring, while Belt moves to 2nd. Hector Sanchez strikes out swinging and the Giants take the lead 9-6.

In the top of the 9th inning, Sergio Romo with 4 saves this season entered the game for a save opportunity. Reid Brignac faced Romo first, but hits into a ground out as Romo puts him out at first base to Belt. Next two batters, Eric Young and Dexter Fowler strike out swinging. Romo picks up his 5th save of the season and leads MLB in saves so far. Final score: Giants 9 – Rockies 6. The Giants picked up their largest deficit (4-runs) come-from-behind victory since Sept 11th, 2012 vs. Colorado. The Giants win also marked the eighth-straight victory over the Rockies, which is the longest current winning streak for any major league team against a current division rival. Lincecum luckily gets by with a no-decision as Reliever Santiago Casilla picks up his 1st win of the season. Rockies Matt Belisle picks up his 1st loss of the season.

The SF Giants win on Chinese Heritage Night leaves the Giants in a 3-way tie for 1st in the NL West with a record of 5-3. They are tied with the Colorado Rockies and the Arizona Diamondbacks. Although the season is just beginning, it looks very promising for the SF Giants to get back into the playoffs and then hopefully onto the World Series for a repeat.

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Mother and daughter at the game with their “Year of the Snake” bobblehead.

Mother and daughter at the game with their “Year of the Snake” bobblehead.

Community Youth Center (CYC) youth perform on the drums.

Community Youth Center (CYC) youth perform on the drums.

The CYC youth drum in unison.

The CYC youth drum in unison.

The CYC youth carry a 40ft. long snake while chasing a green orb.

The CYC youth carry a 40ft. long snake while chasing a green orb.

Lou Seal shows off his two World Series rings.

Lou Seal shows off his two World Series rings.

The Collector’s Edition Giants themed “Year of the Snake” figurines.

The Collector’s Edition Giants themed “Year of the Snake” figurines.

The first 20,000 fans at the game received a promotional 2012 World Series snow globe.

The first 20,000 fans at the game received a promotional 2012 World Series snow globe.

The SF Hep B Free table with brand ambassadors and local pageant title holders.

The SF Hep B Free table with brand ambassadors and local pageant title holders.

Local pageant title holders pose with SF Giants towels.

Local pageant title holders pose with SF Giants towels.

Tim Lincecum on the mound allows for 4 hits and 6 runs. Lincecum strikes out 7 for the night.

Tim Lincecum on the mound allows for 4 hits and 6 runs. Lincecum strikes out 7 for the night.

 

Marco Scutaro’s hitting groove is coming back as he hits 3 for 4.

Marco Scutaro’s hitting groove is coming back as he hits 3 for 4.

Hunter Pence with his seventh game hitting streak.

Hunter Pence with his seventh game hitting streak.

 

Brandon Crawford is welcomed home after hitting a three run homer, which marks his second career home run at AT&T Park (coming on his 363rd plate appearance at AT&T).

Brandon Crawford is welcomed home after hitting a three run homer, which marks his second career home run at AT&T Park (coming on his 363rd plate appearance at AT&T).

Santiago Casilla picks up his 1st win of the season.

Santiago Casilla picks up his 1st win of the season.

Sergio Romo picks up his 5th save of the season.

Sergio Romo picks up his 5th save of the season.

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Giants County Fair 2010

Giants County Fair 2010 (click here for images)

The Giants brought the fair to the park once again for another summer of fun. San Francisco is not known for having carnival rides and carnival games that you would see at a normal state or county fair. However, two weeks in June have become home to a number of rides and games to entertain Giants fans and for the rest of the public. The Giants brought the fair to try and bring out fans to the ballpark before and after home games, to give them a time to remember, a time with family, friends, and others.

This year’s fair seemed to draw in a smaller crowd due to the fact that the economy is not in the best situation. Not as many people are spending money on leisurely activities. Therefore, not being able to bring in the vast crowds the Giants cut back and did not hire any bands to perform on stage. The Giants County Fair did however bring in DJs to spin some records and play music throughout the day and night.

New to the fair this year was a petting zoo and mule/horseback riding. The usual carnival food (corn dog, pizza, cotton candy) and bbq grilled foods were there.

Will the Giants bring back the fair next year? I hope they do. It takes several years to get something good started and I hope that this is just the start of something big that the Giants will bring to San Francisco. Unlike other counties in the Bay Area, San Francisco is it’s own City and County in the United States and to be able to put on a fair on its own would cost a pretty penny and I’m sure the tax payers of the city don’t want to front money into bringing one back anytime soon. Therefore, the Giants are doing a good job in trying to bring back the nostalgia of being young once again. Of course you can drive throughout the Bay to attend one of the other fairs in Marin County, San Mateo County, and Alameda County; however, you never know how long they will last. A few years back Santa Clara County decided no longer to hold the fair, but you never know, things can change with community involvement. This year it looks like Santa Clara will have a County Youth Fair, but it will probably be on a smaller scale.

Pictures of the Giants County Fair can be seen by clicking on the picture link above. If this post was informative and helpful, please feel free to leave me a comment or donation below. Thank you.

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Giants County Fair

Giants County Fair

The Giants County Fair is an that event in San Francisco that ran from July 9th to July 19th. It is the first county fair that I’ve been to in San Francisco, well not really in context a county fair as most people would come to know, but it is the first fair for me to have county fair in it’s title in San Francisco. The event was put together in partnership with the San Francisco Giants and it was held in Parking Lot A next to McCovey Cove. The Giants County Fair is an event in partnership with the San Francisco Giants that had carnival games, midway games, food, and live music.

Did you know that San Francisco is the only city of it’s kind to be both a city and county all by itself in the United States? Well, yes it is and now you know.

Unlike most county fairs there was no livestock auctions, horse track racing, vendor booths selling local goods and services, and agricultural displays. I’ve come to realize that despite being a city that produces a lot of income, to hold an event like a county fair costs a tremendous amount of money and usually cities within a county chip in to pay for it, but since San Francisco is all on it’s own I don’t think tax payers would want to foot the cost.

The Giants County Fair was open to the public for $5 admission and $15 for an unlimited rides wristband. Later within the fair’s running the admission fee was waived. The Padres came in to San Francisco for the first 4 days of the fair and fans could have the opportunity to attend the fair during the day/night and go to a baseball game in the afternoon/evening. At the fair there were mini concerts on the stage at McCovey Cove, but the main event concert was Kenny Chesney who performed on a built stage on the field of AT&T Park. If you don’t know who Kenny Chesney is he sings country music. I particularly am not a big fan of country music, but I suppose hearing it at a friends party a few blocks away wasn’t too bad.

All in all, the Giants County Fair has been a good success to bring baseball, music, and a carnival all together in one place. I had a fun time on the day that I attended listening to awesome 80s cover songs sponsored by Live 105FM. I hope that the first ever Giants County Fair will not be it’s last.