Dozens of lucky Giants fans took the field Tuesday to unfurl an American flag the size of a football field. And among the lucky, there is always the luckiest.
While most of the fans who felt the grass under their feet in a dramatic display of patriotism were season ticket-holders, at least one among the group went to AT&T Park without a ticket or a plan for getting into Game 3 of the National League Championship Series.
But by 10 a.m., Eder Castro of San Bruno had a prime club-level ticket, and he would soon have his arms around a 1,200-pound flag.
“I showed up around 7 a.m. to look for tickets and people were telling me about holding this flag,” said Castro, 25. “Now I’ve got a ticket.”
Chris Nugent and his colleagues with the Giants were tasked with coordinating the whole thing. He helped unpack the flag at
5 a.m. and by game time he was pacing back and forth giving out last-minute instructions.
“This thing is brand-spanking new,” he said of the flag.
The Giants turned to an old pro when planning the dramatic pregame display. In addition to a thundering flyover and fireworks, Doug Green and his Salt Lake City-based company, Sky’s the Limit Productions, provided the flag for the game, along with cannons full of streamer ammunition.
It is one of three 100-yard flags the company uses, but this one was a virgin. Green flew in from New York after the New York Yankees-Texas Rangers game, where a smaller flag was part of the pregame ceremony.
Green is a Giants fan and very patriotic. He has contracted with the team for 15 years and most of his family has served in the armed forces.
The flag is packed up in four pieces in four large crates with caster wheels.
That’s a big flag
Sky’s the Limit Productions provided the American flag for the Giants’ pregame ceremony Tuesday.
Weight: 1,200 pounds
Length: 300 feet
Width: 150 feet
Holders: 120 people
City playing hooky for the playoffs
An outbreak of baseball-related illness reached pandemic proportions in The City on Tuesday.
Any one of the 43,320 fans attending Game 2 of the National League Championship Series between the Giants and Philadelphia Phillies at AT&T Park may have been exposed to dangerous levels of whoopee! cough, swollen-foam-hand syndrome or fear-the-beard flu.
Bars overflowed with fans going to the game or watching it on television as an eerie quiet fell over Financial District offices.
Especially hard-hit were the children. Three games in San Francisco offer the littlest Giants fans their first shot at seeing the team play in the postseason.
James Walsh and mother Cammy made it up from Redwood City after playing hooky. The 8-year-old was smiling ear-to-ear with what may have been a wig sprouting out of his Giants cap.
“His principal didn’t seem to mind,” Cammy Walsh said. “He’s a big Giants fan, too.”
Fans who have endured the nail-biting squeakers that have gotten the team this far have latched on to the word “torture” as a way of describing their experience. For 12-year-old Daniel McCray, who broke his arm Monday night playing football, the word took on an entire different meaning.
“It’s killing me,” Daniel said of the pain in his arm.