As the Giants prepare to get their World Series rings at a ceremony before tonight’s game at AT&T Park, here’s a little something to chew on: It might be some new jewelry to San Francisco, but the first World Series ring in 1922 was minted for the New York Giants.
Jeff Idelson, president of the Baseball Hall of Fame, brought that to the ballpark to show before game time, plus the other four World Series mementos won by the East Coast Giants of old, including rings from 1933 and 1954, plus a 1921 pre-ring medal and 1905 player pin given to Giants player Mike Donlin. Read More
Monday’s Giants home game against the Los Angeles Dodgers is dedicated to Bryan Stow, which for any fan would be a dream come true. But in Stow’s case, he would probably rather just be in the stands.The 42-year-old paramedic and father of two would have been at Friday’s home opener, too, if he wasn’t critically injured and in an L.A. hospital following his skull being fractured by two men in Dodgers gear at last week’s season opener at Dodger Stadium. Read More
You could call it the return of torture. But in the end, the good guys won with a walk-off hit by Aaron Rowand in the 12th inning of the Giants’ home opener Friday against the St. Louis Cardinals at a sold-out AT&T Park.They were packed in before the first pitch to see a bit more of history from the peculiar group of players that advanced to the playoffs on the last day of the 2010 season, and mustered enough momentum to go all the way with it. Read More
Giants closer Brian Wilson did the honors at Friday’s home opener by raising San Francisco’s first World Series championship flag over right field at AT&T Park.
Click the picture for a photo gallery of the flag-raising. Read More
Fans filed in early and steadily to watch their World Series champions Friday at AT&T Park, where the Giants are beginning the year’s first home stand against the St. Louis Cardinals.By noon, more than an hour before game time, the park was nearly half full. The festivities Friday will include the raising of San Francisco’s first championship flag, rumored to be placed atop the outfield stadium light scaffolding by closer Brian Wilson himself.Emerging superstar Brandon Belt came out into the dugout to sign autographs for waiting children and adults alike. Read More
In her 25th season as a marketing and event planner with the Giants, Valerie McGuire has been coordinating Saturday’s World Series ring ceremony.Did you ever think you would have to plan this particular event? I was hoping. That was always the goal. I don’t think I ever really thought about the ring ceremony until we got to this point and then it became a really big deal. I just hope it won’t be the one and only. Read More
While Giants fan Bryan Stow clings to life at an L.A. hospital because two attackers fractured his skull following the Giants-Dodgers opener last week, his family is discouraging further violence.The die-hard fan had been looking forward to the series, co-workers said. But a text message he sent to his cousin in the March 31 game’s sixth inning said he felt unsafe at Dodger Stadium, where security has since been heightened.In the parking lot after the game, he was jumped from behind by two young men in Dodgers gear. Read More
Co-workers of severely injured San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow are holding a benefit barbeque from noon until 8 p.m. Wednesday at an American Medical Response office in San Jose.
Stow, 42, of Santa Cruz, suffered a skull fracture in the parking lot of Dodger Stadium after the Giants-Dodgers home opener Thursday. He is currently being treated at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center, where a prayer vigil also is planned for Wednesday night. Read More
The City Attorney’s Office has sued a chef who allegedly tricked recent immigrants into paying up to $4,000 for job training, then had them working catering events without pay on the false promise of future employment.The lawsuit claims that chef Angelo Mueller used local nonprofits to refer culinary students to his Academie de Cuisine, which he said was a prestigious establishment in Montecito in Southern California. The address he provided actually belonged to a pizza restaurant. Read More
Police arrested a man Monday night in connection with an alleged broad-daylight sexual assault Friday against a 38-year-old female jogger at Sunnydale’s Crocker Amazon Park.Inspector Sidney Laws of the Police Department’s sex crimes unit said it was a rare instance in which the victim did not know the suspect. An 18-year-old Sunnydale man named Xavier Neal was arrested on suspicion of sexual assault and kidnapping. The District Attorney’s Office has yet to file official charges. Read More
An amalgam of community groups called the Good Neighbor Coaliton staged a rally on the steps of City Hall on Tuesday morning against development plans for the California Pacific Medical Center. Read More
A Superior Court judge Friday denied an attempt to bar the District Attorney’s Office from prosecuting a case against a man who was shot by San Francisco police in January while in his wheelchair.
An attorney for Randal Dunklin argued that the assault suspect could not receive a fair trial because District Attorney George Gascón, who was chief of police at the time of the shooting, said shortly after the Jan. 4 incident that it was a justified use of force. Read More
The Castro Theatre doesn’t plan to run shows on Mondays and Tuesdays for at least the next month, but managers and owners say although it’s a cost-cutting measure, the shorter weeks aren’t indicative of serious financial struggles.Questions arose about the 89-year-old landmark after blog posts and a television news report suggested it might be suffering a plight similar to the Haight-Ashbury’s Red Vic Movie House, a financially troubled single-screen theater that is asking for donations on its website. Read More
Police Chief Jeff Godown held a press conference Thursday to “push back” against Public Defender Jeff Adachi over dozens of dropped drug cases where surveillance video is the onus for dismissal. Read More
San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood is definitely raw, but that is only a term of art. The name’s actual historical origin remains shrouded in mystery. Most residents agree it is somewhat meaty, but they have a hard time explaining exactly why.The animal rights organization PETA wants The City to change the name to something not meat-oriented. PETA Vice President Tracy Reiman sent Mayor Ed Lee a letter Tuesday proposing a fresh start for the neighborhood and suggesting alternative monikers like the Tempeh District or Granola Flats. Read More