San Francisco Giants Tickets
The San Francisco Giants own the last seven years when it comes to MLB. They finished in first or second place in the NL West in six of the past seven seasons, picking up three World Series titles along the way. This year’s team will look to continue their league dominance, but will be going at it with a slightly different looking roster.
This offseason, the Giants didn’t really lose too much when it comes to their powerful offense other than Angel Pagan. The bulk of change occurred within their bullpen. Gone are closers Sergio Romo and Santiago Casilla, along with relievers Javier Lopez and Joe Nathan. One of the strengths of this team will continue to be their pitching rotation, which looks like it will be- Madison Bumgarner, Johnny Cueto, Jeff Samardzija, Matt Moore and Matt Cain. However, don’t sleep on Ty Blach as he may sneak into that fifth spot with a solid spring training. The signing of former Pirate and National Mark Melancon, who split last season between the two teams, was somewhat of a surprise, but could pay off for the Giants depleted bullpen. When it comes to San Francisco’s infield, health of course will be a factor, but the bare bones has a positive outlook. Behind the plate, Buster Posey is among the best in the league and should also contribute nicely to this offense, batting third. At the corners, Brandon Belt is solid at first base, with double-digit homeruns, while third could be a battle between Eduardo Nunez and Connor Gillaspie. Second baseman Joe Panik had a rough 2016, but looks to bounce back this season for the Giants. At shortstop, Brandon Crawford posted stout numbers across the board last season and we should see another sound effort in 2017. If Hunter Pence can stay healthy this season, he could be the key to another run at the World Series. Left field, however, is still a big question mark with a potential platoon with Jarrett Parker and Mac Williamson. Both guys will need to prove themselves before the trade deadline, or the Giants may go shopping.
Despite a few cloudy position battles and a revamped bullpen, San Francisco is always in the discussion when it comes to the baseball post season. In 2017, look for the Giants to be contenders once again emerging out of the NL West towards an exciting pennant race. There’s nothing like being at the ballpark with a hot dog, some peanuts and a cold beverage, so you’ll want to get ahold of plenty of San Francisco Giants tickets this summer to see all the action live and up close.
History of AT&T Park
The San Francisco Giants had a rocky road in getting to their current ballpark, AT&T Park.
For over three decades, The Giants played at Candlestick Park, also home to the San Francisco 49ers and known for its windy conditions. As early as 1976, when Bob Lurie purchased the team preventing them from moving to Toronto, plans were in the works for a new venue as they were losing money at Candlestick Park. In both 1987 and 1989 residents of San Francisco rejected referendums to finance construction for a new ballpark as did the voters in both Santa Clara and San Jose.
The future of the team looked bleak in the area as officials in Tampa were lobbying to move the team to Florida. In January 1993 a savior in Peter Magowan purchased the Giants, keeping them in San Francisco. In 1995 the team divulged plans to build a new stadium downtown in the China Basin district and it was to be the first privately financed ballpark since Dodgers Stadium. Construction began in December 1997 and opened on April 11, 2000. It was originally named Pacific Bell Park when the telecom company purchased the rights for $50 million over 24 years. Due to company name changes and such, it was renamed SBC Park and is now AT& T Park.
As Giants ticket holders approach the ballpark they see a stunning steel and brick structure featuring two clock towers, each 122 feet tall with pyramid shaped roofs. A statue of Willy Mays sits at the home plate entrance which is located at the intersection of King and 3rd Streets. The main three-tiered grandstand boasts 41,600 green seats that extend from behind home plate to both foul poles. A sidewalk between right field and the water commemorates great moments in Giants history.
The Coca Cola Fan Lot is an interactive area for both kids and adults to enjoy before or during the games. Four slides are located inside an 80-foot wooden Coca Cola bottle as well as the world’s largest baseball glove and amazing views of the San Francisco Bay area. When a homerun is scored, lights flash inside the giant bottle and bubbles appear to float from its mouth.
One can’t beat the amazing views of the bay area from AT&T Park and it also doesn’t hurt that the Giants have remained highly competitive, winning three World Series Championships since 2010.
San Francisco Giants History
The San Francisco(SF) Giants have been the one of the most important franchises in the history of the MLB. They were one of the first professional teams to organize in Gotham. They were one of the first clubs to make the move west in baseball’s Manifest Destiny, along with the rival Dodgers. They now boast an incredible fan base whose passion keeps San Francisco Giants among the most popular in the MLB, and makes a trip to AT&T Park one of the best sporting events in the country.
At the turn of the 20th century it seemed the Giants would become one of the most dominant forces in this new thing called professional baseball. They had a Triple Crown winner in Christy Mathewson and they went to the World Series nine times in a quarter century, though the team would only win thrice.
The next great superstar would be Willie Mays. Mays would be a Hall of Famer, hitting 660 homeruns over the course of his long career, winning three MVP Awards, and a World Series. He stayed with the team as they went from New York to San Francisco. He would meet a boy during his playing days, a boy who would become another Giants great, Barry Bonds. Between Mays and Bonds the San Francisco(SF) Giants would struggle. Once Bonds arrived the baseball team would shoot up the standings and become a constant contender.
Yet, World Series wins six and seven came after his retirement. They were the product of great pitching, led by Tim Lincecum. He is still with the team and the pitching staff still looks rather amazing. He, Matt Cain, and a crop of young starters are ready to usher in the most dominant era in the Giants history.