SAN FRANCISCO--If you're anywhere near this great city and not aware that our hometown Giants are about to battle for the 2010 World Series title, I'd like to know your secret for avoiding the media barrage when big events come to town.
Tonight, the Giants and Texas Rangers will square off in Game One of the series, with star pitchers--both former Cy Young Award winners--Tim Lincecum of the Giants and Cliff Lee of the Rangers taking the mound.
Of course, these days, one of the Giants' most feared pitchers is Brian Wilson, he of the famous jet black beard and the wicked slider. As his beard has grown and his saves have piled up, a new phrase has taken hold here: "Fear the Beard," which is reflected in this sign taped to the front door of the Giants merchandise shop inside AT&T Park.
As part of his CNET Road Trip at Home series, reporter Daniel Terdiman thought he might be able to get a World Series press credential, but found out that the deadline had passed. So Terdiman took a camera down to the ballpark today to take in the scene and see what those without tickets--which are going for thousands of dollars on the secondary market--can see.
AT&T Park, formerly known as PacBell Park, is famous for many design elements. But perhaps the most democratic is the area alongside the right field wall where fans can watch games through a fence for free. During the regular season, it's often possible to watch for as long as you want. But for the World Series, there are plenty of people who will want to be there, and the team requires that fans leave after three innings.
Another thing that makes AT&T Park famous is McCovey Cove, the waterway alongside the ballpark. During games, boats and kayaks gather in the water there. Here, we see several boats that have arrived early for game one. The cove will certainly be much more full of vessels by game time.