By planes, trains, cars and boats; Giants Fans Stream Oracle Park – CBS San Francisco
SAN FRANCISCO (CBSSF) – With the clock counting down to field one against the San Francisco Giants-Los Angeles Dodgers NLDS, sentiment rose outside Oracle Park among the thousands of fans who were lucky enough to score a goal. The most important tickets in town.
Seating was only $120 or more on dealer websites as playtime approached. Those without tickets crowded neighborhood bars across town from the Richmond area to Outer Mission, ready for the rollercoaster ride that was likely to unfold.
It was the first post-season meeting between the two feuding rivals in more than 100 years. The Giants won 107 regular season games this year, ending the Dodgers’ stranglehold for eight consecutive National League titles.
The two teams met 19 times during the regular season. After going out without a win in the first four seasons of the regular season, San Francisco went 10-5 the rest of the way to finish with a 10-9 head-to-head advantage.
Outside of the oracle, he was a mixture of nerves and arrogance.
Giants fans literally travel to the game by planes, trains and cars. Gina Anderson came by air. She and her husband flew for 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. “Once I landed, I said to my husband—”Do you want to go to San Francisco next weekend”—and bought tickets on Monday.
For Robin Franco, the game was an opportunity to pass on a family tradition that his father first started. He stood outside the oracle with his son.
“As a kid, we showed him in front of the TV when he was a few months old to watch 2012 (when the Giants won the world championship),” he said. “He was a little bit older to watch 2014 (when the Giants won their third world title). But today he will really test that.”
Anthony Hardy did not have a ticket for the game. It was among the floating watercraft at McCuvey Cove in the bay outside the park.
“I’m just here representing San Francisco, and I’m making sure to bring the championship home,” he said. “It’s always a party here. You can never go wrong.”
At his pre-match press conference on Friday, Giants star Brandon Crawford said butterflies would come for him just before the national anthem.
“I haven’t really noticed anyone looking nervous or anxious or anything like that or I might need to talk to them or calm them down a bit or anything,” he said of the locker room before the match. “Usually for me that comes at the time of the national anthem, when you get butterflies in the stomach. So we will see the time of the match, but I haven’t really noticed any different looks or anything like that at the club.”
Andrea Borba and Wilson Walker contributed to this report