Hayward woman, a season ticket-holder for nearly three decades, has been going to Giants games since the team moved to San Francisco in 1958 — and she has the buttons on her hat to prove it.
Annie Lewis is a Giants fan. A big one.
She’s not just any fan, though. At any of the 83 home games — including exhibition games — the 89-year-old Hayward woman can be found at the top row of the bleacher seats at the end of the third-base line, marking down each strike, hit and error.
She does this, she says, to be more involved.
“It’s not a boring sport if you are a part of it,” she said. “I’d much rather a 0-0 game than a 10-1 game because then anything can happen.”
Lewis has been going to Giants games since the team moved from New York in 1958, and has been a season ticket-holder for the better part of the past three decades. She and her daughter Sandra Wooten are planning to go to every home game this season.
Lewis said she has always loved baseball. Her brothers played in the 1940s before being sent off to war, and all of her children have played baseball. She became a Giants fan and hasn’t looked back since.
“I don’t change my loyalty,” Lewis said.
Though she uses a walker and has limited mobility, Lewis also went to spring training in Arizona and FanFest this year. She and her daughter also bring their own food and sodas to keep the costs down. They own six season tickets so her other daughter, grandchildren and some friends can join them.
The way you can pick them out is by their hats. The duo adorns their outfits with Giants pins ranging from their days at Seals Stadium to last year’s World Series championship. The hats, Lewis said, keep them shaded during sunny games and show off the history of the team.
“It gets people talking about baseball,” she said. “People will ask who the pins refer to and then you get talking about the old players and games. I like the nostalgia.”
Lewis said the team “looks good” this year, even though it’s still early.
All teams start at zero, she said. But the Giants’ pitching staff could hold off any contenders if they make it to the playoffs, she said.
Last season ended in a way Lewis had waited 52 years: with a World Series championship.
She’s optimistic the band of misfits can do it again. But if the Giants don’t, she said she’ll still be a fan.
“Hopefully they can to do it back-to-back,” Lewis said. “But they won’t be able to sneak up on everyone again. They’ve got a target on their back this year, but it’s a good target. It’s a World Series target.”
Getting to the game
– The following lines offer regular service to Giants games at AT&T Park: N-Judah, T-Third Street, 10-Townsend, 30-Stockton, 45-Union, 47-Van Ness
– For today’s home opener, Caltrain will run a special train at 9:56 a.m. from San Jose Diridon station, making all local stops until San Bruno before becoming an express service to San Francisco. The regular schedule will be in effect the rest of the day
Golden Gate Transit:
– The Larkspur ferry will depart at 11:30 a.m. for the ballpark (trip takes one hour). A return ferry will depart 30 minutes after the game’s final out.
– There are 4,000 available spots in parking lots A, C and D, as well as at Pier 48. It costs $30 for cars, $50 for oversized vehicles such as RVs and buses.
Source: Transit agencies, Giants
FIVE DECADES OF TORTURE
1958 The Giants break many New York hearts by moving to San Francisco.
1962 Down 1-0 in the bottom of the ninth in Game 7 of the World Series against the New York Yankees and with two outs and men on first and second, Willie McCovey violently lines out to Yankee second baseman Bobby Richardson. It brings a sudden — and tortuous — end to the Series.
1989 A magnitude-6.9 quake disrupts Game 3 of the Bay Bridge Series between the Giants and A’s. The A’s would go on to sweep the Giants.
1992 San Francisco’s beloved baseball franchise threatens to leave town as then-owner Bob Lurie agrees to sell the team and relocate the club to Florida. Peter Magowan and a local investment group, however, step in to save the club.
1994 Giants slugger Matt Williams is on pace to break Roger Maris’ single-season home run record of 61 when the infamous strike cut the season short.
2000 After nearly 40 years of calling the ’Stick home, the Giants move into their new stadium — Pacific Bell Park (later renamed SBC Park and then AT&T Park).
2001 Giants slugger Barry Bonds breaks Mark McGwire’s single-season record of 70 home runs with 73.
2002 Eight outs away from claiming their first world championship since 1954, the Giants blow a 5-0 lead to lose Game 6 6-5 against the Anaheim Angels. A day later, the Giants fall 4-1 to lose the Series.
2003 Hoping to make a second consecutive World Series run, the Giants fell in the first-round series against the eventual world champion Florida Marlins.
2006 The shocking book “Game of Shadows,” is published, linking slugger Barry Bonds to using performance-enhancing drugs.
2010 If you really need to know … look for a Nov. 2 issue of The San Francisco Examiner.
— Alexis Terrazas