It’s all right there, really. The beautiful locale, what with the Bay Bridge and the palm trees the water and all that good stuff. Brian Wilson, divisive as ever. The fact that, rather than just giving away bobbleheads like everybody else, they made a GARDEN GNOME collectable and gave it away at AT&T Park.
The San Francisco Giants, on top of their two World Series titles in three years, do whatever they can to maintain the championship good will by treating their fanbase right.
The Giants unveiled their promotional schedule yesterday, wasting no time in capitalizing on last year’s title by giving away 40000 replica World Series rings, a World Series parade snow globe, and a Buster Posey MVP bobblehead within the first week of the season.
If 40000 seems like a lot for a giveaway, that is because it is a lot. The Giants opted to bump up the numbers on their promotional materials this year, giving away 40000 rings and bobbleheads in a stadium with a posted standing room capacity of 42000. Andrew Baggarly of CSN Bay Area notes long lines and wait times on previous bobblehead days prompted the increase.
Buster Posey gets the first bobblehead of the year, with Barry Zito and Ryan Vogelsong also scheduled for immortalization. Angel Pagan knit cap (toque) and a Giants orange sombrero (!) stand out as novel treats for hardcore fans.
The real goods, however, are the garden gnomes. After the Brian Wilson giveaway last year, the Giants will give away 30000 Sergio Romo and Tim Lincecum gnomes. There is no limit to what I might do in exchange for a Timmy gnome, friends. Just sayin’.
The Giants organization is clever and responsive to the needs of their fans. And they win. And they play in a gorgeous ballpark in a gorgeous city wearing gorgeous uniforms. If I didn’t like them so much, I’d hate them too. It seems only natural.
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