Champion Giants ready begin the games that count
In many ways, Brian Sabean would rather his World Series
champion San Francisco Giants opened the season at home. That way
the fanfare and frenzy could end right away and the club could turn
all its focus to baseball and pick up where it left off last
”But you’ve got to embrace it,” Sabean said Tuesday.
Sabean soaked in the scene as more than 1,600 fans and members
of the Junior Giants program attended San Francisco’s ”Play Ball”
kickoff luncheon Tuesday at Pier 48, across McCovey Cove from the
team’s waterfront ballpark. The Giants start the season Thursday at
Los Angeles against the rival Dodgers and don’t play their first
home game at AT&T Park until April 8 against the St. Louis
San Francisco’s players will receive their championship rings in
a ceremony before their second home game next Saturday.
Tuesday’s luncheon attracted some 400 more people than ever
before, raising $450,000 for the organization’s community service
arm that supports a variety of causes.
”This is the day for us to celebrate the remarkable World
Series championship,” managing general partner Bill Neukom said.
”They intend to show us all last year was no accident.”
One surprise came from a Tampa, Fla.-based painter named John
Prince. He visited San Francisco and Napa Valley last summer with
his wife and fell in love with the Bay Area. The Giants were on the
road, but Prince decided to paint ace Tim Lincecum in action.
Prince met the pitcher Monday night and had him sign the
life-size piece, which the artist donated to the team for