‘Love of the game,’ not the score, keeps fans coming back

SAN FRANCISCO — Off to a slow start, the San Francisco Giants showed promise at the Aug. 8 Milwaukee Brewers game once they got on base in the top of the seventh inning and then later scored. The night was cold and windy, but fans still packed the stadium, cheering as enthusiastically as ever. The sea of orange and black kept cheering, ¬†but then the Brewers charged to a lopsided 6-1 win.

“I love coming out to the games because the atmosphere is great, and the stadium’s awesome, but it’s still upsetting when they lose,” said Rachel Moore, a Giants fan. “One of the first games I went to was when they won the World Series. My dad got our family tickets since we’re from around here, and they ended up winning! Since then we’ve had season tickets, but their performance has been less than average.”

Why do they keep coming back for more? “I guess I like the team because they’re who my parents have always rooted for and who I’ve grown up watching,” said Carolyn Bradley, a San Francisco native. “I’ll probably continue coming here even when I’m older, but really for the love of the game more than the team, and the awesome view at the stadium. The location is great,” she said.

San Francisco Giants fans packed the stadium to see them face off against the Milwaukee Brewers. Photo by Cole Mootz.

San Francisco Giants fans packed the stadium to see them face off against the Milwaukee Brewers. Photo by Cole Mootz

The Giants' stadium provided fans with a great overlook of the bay. Photo by Cole Mootz.
The Giants’ stadium provided fans with a great overlook of the bay. Photo by Cole Mootz¬†