SAN FRANCISCO — People float around outside choosing between hot dogs and chicken fingers, while the stadium erupts into cheers behind them. The game is the San Francisco Giants vs. the Milwaukee Brewers, and most everyone has the Giants insignia on their hats and sweatshirts.
Iza Bertram included. She has a Giants logo displayed on her shirt and says she’s a fan because, “My husband is.”
But Jason Silva, a resident of San Francisco, said, “I like the Giants because they accept young players, new talent. And yeah, the way they play.” To him, being part of the experience is better than watching the game from his television, he said, adding that he is able to feel the passion and drive from the team towards their sport.
JP Fetsch of Stockton said his devotion to the Giants “gives him something to root for” as he watches the sport he enjoys.
And for Will Scharninghuesem, standing in line for chicken fingers and garlic fries, it isn’t about the players or the way they play. “I figure that if I was from L.A., I’d be a Dodgers fan,” he said. “I love coming to the games here. It’s an awesome stadium. I go to school in Colorado, and their stadium sucks.”
“My kids started liking them when they were little, so I got into it too,” says Linda Silva, another fan. Both her son and daughter are Giants fans because they received t-shirts with the team logo on it when they were younger. “Watching them make a home run in person makes it more fun.”
Mike and Julie Duncan. Julie Duncan, who joined husband Mike at athe game, said, “Honestly? I think its stupid. These players get paid millions of dollars and then they complain about not getting health care when they stop playing.” Her husband, however, had a different view: “I love the Giants because of Will Clark.”
Mike said, “He’s just a great player,” recalling the former first baseman, who was with the Giants from 1986 to 1993. “I think it’s very important to have a team to root for.”