What is a San Fran fan?

SAN FRANCISCO — Even after the glory days of Barry Bonds, the San Fransisco Giants still have a rowdy, passionate fan base. But what qualifies them? Are they polite or obnoxious? Knowledgeable or ignorant? The traits you hear range throughout the spectrum, but the best answer probably comes from the fans themselves.

Alex Lee is a 21-year-old fan just out of college, and she has rooted for the Giants since her childhood when she played Little League softball.  “I don’t think there is a typical Giants fan,” she said.

After attending a Giants home game, I think she may be correct. On Aug. 1, I witnessed first-hand the variety of fans. It was a packed house on a night where Hunter Pence made his debut for the Giants after being traded from the Phillies, and it was also the late Jerry Garcia’s birthday, which they celebrated on the field before the game.

At the end of the game, there was a post-funeral mood, as the Mets beat the Giants 2-1. Don’t worry, it’s common; you may never find a fan who will be happy after his or her favorite their team loses.

Overall, the differences in the fans can range throughout the spectrum, but the most noticeable similarity is that they all know and love the San Fransisco  Giants and the game of baseball. All baseball fans are passionate about the game, But Giants fans have found a way to take it to the next level.