By plane, train, automobile and kayak; Giants fans flock to Oracle Park – CBS San Francisco
SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – As the countdown ticked to the first pitch of the San Francisco Giants-Los Angeles Dodgers NLDS Game 1 showdown, emotions rose outside of Oracle Park among the thousands of fans who were lucky enough to score one of the hottest tickets in town.
Standing alone was $ 120 or more on dealer websites as it was time to play. Those without tickets crowded into neighborhood bars in town, Richmond District. to the field mission, ready for the roller coaster ride that was likely to unfold.
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It was the first postseason meeting between the two passionate rivals in over 100 years. The Giants have won 107 regular season games this year, ending the Dodgers’ stranglehold on eight straight NL West Division titles.
The teams have met 19 times during the regular season. After going winless in the first four games of the regular season, San Francisco went 10-5 the rest of the way to finish with a 10-9 head-to-head advantage.
The postseason reunion found fans struggling with two distinct emotions – nerves and arrogance.
“The Giants have inspired me to believe they are winners,” said a Giants fan named David. “No one predicted them and look at us now.”
Giants fans literally travel to the game by plane, train and automobile. Gena Anderson came by plane. She and her husband flew to the game from their home in Twin Falls, Idaho.
“I was actually on a plane from Phoenix to Idaho last Sunday watching the game on my iPad,” she said. “As soon as I landed I said to my husband, ‘Do you want to go to San Francisco next weekend’ – and on Monday I bought tickets.”
For Ruben Franco, the game was an opportunity to pass on a family tradition initiated by his father. He was standing in front of Oracle with his son.
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“When he was a baby we had him in front of the TV when he was a few months old to watch 2012 (when the Giants won the World Series),” he said. “He was a little older to watch 2014 (when the Giants won the third World Series title). But today he will really experience it.
Anthony Hardy did not have a ticket for the game. He was one of the boats floating at McCovey Cove in the bay outside the park.
“I’m just here to represent San Francisco, making sure I bring the championship home,” he said. “It’s always party time here. You can never go wrong.
Beyond the thunderous chants and twirling rally napkins – behind the plate there is a sanctuary of silence, where the World Series trophies of 2010, 2012 and 2014 were held on Friday night. But the monuments of victory went unnoticed, except for the spare selfie.
“Nobody wants to hurt him,” said Donnie Pauling. ” It is what it is. because when you play the Dodgers.
At the pre-game press conference on Friday, Giants star Brandon Crawford said the butterflies will come for him just before the national anthem.
“I didn’t really notice anybody looking nervous or anxious or anything like that or I might need to talk to them, calm them down a bit, or whatever,” he said. he said about the pre-game locker room. “So usually for me it happens at national anthem time, when you have butterflies in your stomach. So we’ll see during the game, but I didn’t really notice a different vibe or anything like that in the clubhouse.
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Andria Borba and Wilson Walker contributed to this report