San Francisco Giants Tickets for Sale
The San Francisco Giants 2015 season was certainly a disappointment after winning three out of five World Series titles on the shoulders of star pitcher Madison Bumgarner. Last season, the team was plagued by injuries and little help behind Bumgarner, however this year with a boost in the rotation the Giants should be vying for their fourth championship parade through the streets of San Francisco since 2010. The Giants took the offseason to invest in two new starting pitchers Jeff Samardzija and Johnny Cueto, with the aim of augmenting their power-hitting lineup which led the NL in average last year. Samardzija’s deal is a guaranteed $90 million over five years while Cueto inked a $130 million six-year contract. In 2015 the Giants’ bullpen ranked third in ERA in the NL and should best that this season. Javier Lopez and Sergio Romo remain one of the best specialist duos in the NL and should be utilized accordingly by manager Bruce Bochy. Lefty Jeff Osich should step into the role nicely left by retired powerhouse Jeremy Affeldt. The middle infield is locked down with second baseman Joe Panik and shortstop Brandon Crawford. The star shortstop signed a $75 million contract extension back in November after receiving both the Gold Glove and Silver Slugger honors so will be around to elevate this Giants team on many levels. Last season, rookie third baseman Matt Duffy exceeded all expectations with 77 runs, 28 doubles, 12 home runs and 77 RBI’s and will continue to be a defensive stud as well. In the outfield, the Giants are expecting right-fielder Hunter Pence to return to form after suffering several injuries last season, and also added Denard Span with a three-year deal to play in center field.
After effectively enhancing their pitching rotation behind superstar Madison Bumgarner along with solid defense and powerful hitting, San Francisco should emerge at the top of the competitive NL West, towards the ultimate goal of the World Series. You will not want to miss any of the action this summer, so be sure to purchase all of your San Francisco Giants tickets and enjoy the ride!
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.