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…

Stories behind the Fans

SAN FRANCISCO — Giants games bring people out for all different reasons, but what made coming to the Giants game on August 1st so special? Ed Peterson attended the game in celebration of his good friend Ron’s birthday. The last time these two attended a game together was “in 1995, and the Giants came back…

Men driven to cheer

SAN FRANCISCO — Being a fan of the away team is always a tough situation. If your team loses, you put a target on your back for taunts from home team fans; if your team wins, you put a target on your back for rude comments from frustrated fans.  This was especially apparent for Mike…

Networking at NSLC

OAKLAND — For many in the National Student Leadership Conference’s Sports Writing and Broadcasting class, Wednesday was a first. Our class went to an Oakland Athletics game against the Los Angeles Angels at the O.Co Coliseum and received press passes that gave us access to the field. As we walked out onto the perfectly moistened dark…

San Francisco Giants fanbase community

SAN FRANCISCO — When looking into the crowd of cheering fans at AT&T Park,  home of the San Francisco Giants, one is looking at more than just a baseball fanbase.  They are looking into a small community with an extreme passion being shared – Giants baseball.  From the very top of the stadium to last…

Uncle Sam is a “Giant” fan

SAN FRANCISCO – Giants fans are known to be die-hard supporters of their team, but Tom Dibell goes above and beyond. When first spotted at the Wednesday, Aug. 1 game at AT&T park in downtown San Francisco, his outfit could catch one’s eye from a mile away. “I’m dressed as Uncle Sam, one of the characters in…

Diamond in the rough

OAKLAND, Calif. — He has a 2.45 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, 45 strikeouts in 47.2 innings and his team is tied for the wild-card lead. He would figure to be a high-paid reliever who is playing a big part in the success of one of baseball’s perennial  superpowers;  however is not. Oakland, which according to many baseball experts was destined for 100…

From the Big Apple to the City by the Bay

SAN FRANCISCO — On August 1, Colleen Holgate, a long-time Mets fan, showed her team spirit at the game against the Giants in downtown San Francisco’s AT&T Park. A road trip from the Big Apple landed Holgate and some friends in San Francisco to watch one of her first Mets game in years. When asked about the Giants…

From hipsters to Cal girls

BERKELEY, Calif. — It’s impossible to generalize Berkeley’s style because of  its diversity. To describe the town as a haven for “hipsters” would stereotype the majority of the town. Mars Mercantile, the famous vintage thrift store in Berkeley, is at the extreme end of the fashion spectrum. Anastasia Roderigues, a Mars employee for two years, refers to herself as…

The original grocery store

BERKELEY, Calif. — There was once a time when grocery stores didn’t exist, and the only way to acquire fresh produce was to attend farmers’ markets. Many years later, while “fresh” produce is available in almost every grocery store, the real deal is still at farmers’ markets. At the Farmers’ Market in downtown Berkeley, more…

Slow food capital continues to thrive

BERKELEY, Calif. — “I grew up in New Jersey. This way of eating is irresistible,” says Varun Mehra, assistant to Alice Waters, founder of Chez Panisse. “This way of eating” has been, for more than 40 years, to create food that is 100 percent organic and locally grown. The restaurant has been placed on numerous…