I’m not a baseball person. My father is. My business partner is. If I’m being really honest, I was always the kid in the outfield looking at the flowers in the grass when a ball would unexpectedly come my way and interrupt my flower or sky gazing. But I live in San Francisco, and we are the World Champions of Baseball!
At least, for the moment.
While the first home game isn’t until this Friday, the first SF Giants game is today. Somewhere. Apparently, Los Angeles. And we got our hats handed to us and then some, losing 4-0. Kinda makes ya wonder if Buster Posey feels bad about taking the $167 million contract extension. But hey, we all have our bad days, right?
If you happen to live in the South Beach or Mission Bay neighborhood and you are a Giants fan, then you probably greet the beginning of Baseball Season with a mixture of dread and enthusiasm. Enthusiasm because it’s time to go hang at the stadium, enjoy a cold frosty beverage, chat with friends, and – oh yeah – watch a baseball game.
Dread, because a home game bring in an incredible amount of traffic and visitors to the neighborhood. Which can make getting around a bit of a challenge. On the flip side, let me assure you that our parking enforcement department is thrilled that you love baseball. In fact, they are so thrilled that you’ve come to support the Giants that they will be absolutely sure to ticket your car if you are parked in the wrong spot or parked in an expired meter.
There is no such thing as cheap beer at a baseball game, and there is no such thing as cheap parking for a baseball game in San Francisco. You can pay through the nose at a surface lot, or you can take your chances and then (most likely) pay through the nose for a parking ticket. Go Giants!