Play Ball (Well, Almost . . .)
Opening Day is two months away, but for Giants’ fans the season unofficially begins tomorrow night at the Britannia Arms in downtown San Jose with the first glimpse of the 2009 team.
The team has flown in the entire roster (except for guys who couldn’t make the trip for personal reasons) plus coaches and broadcasters to meet fans in San Jose on Thursday night and at AT&T Park in San Francisco Saturday.
Both events are free.
In San Jose, 30 players and coaches will be signing autographs, posing for pictures and perhaps even tending bar from 4:30 to 7 then heading over for the Sharks game – where Tim Lincecum will drop the first puck.
On Friday, the players have a day of in-house meetings, starting with a breakfast gathering with Bill Neukom and other management. They’ll do media interviews mid-morning then have lunch with the Giants staff – all the folks who make everything happen behind the scenes. In the afternoon and early evening, a handful of players will be shooting TV commercials. (I had a peek at the scripts. You’ll love them. Funny and irreverent and completely San Francisco.)
Then the players are back at AT&T Park on Saturday from 10 to 3 for the annual FanFest, which draws around 20,000 people. This will mark the first appearance of Randy Johnson, who has other obligations preventing him from attending Thursday’s San Jose event.
Here’s a complete list of players, coaches and broadcasters attending each of the public events.
Affeldt, Bowker, Burriss, English, Flannery, Frandsen, Hinshaw, Holm, Howry, Kelly, Krukow, Lansford, Lewis, Lincecum, Joseph Martinez, Misch, Molina, Rohlinger, Romo, Rowand, Sadler, Schierholtz, Taschner, Wilson, Winn, Wotus, Yabu and Zito.
All of the above plus: Vida Blue, Bruce Bochy, Cain, Cepeda, Will Clark, Dave Flemming, Mark Gardner, Randy Johnson, Kuiper, Martinez, Jon Miller, Righetti, Dave Roberts, Sabean, Sandoval, Lon Simmons and J.T. Snow.
See you there.
The second episode of Inside the Clubhouse, which features Giants manager Bruce Bochy, outfielder Fred Lewis and infielder Kevin Frandsen, will air on Friday, February 6 at 7:00 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area. It will also be available at Comcast Cable’s ON DEMAND Channel 1 and at sfgiants.com beginning February 7.
The third installment, which features bullpen pitchers Jeremy Affeldt, Bobby Howry and All-Star closer Brian Wilson, will premiere on Wednesday, February 11 at 7:30 p.m. It will also be available at Comcast Cable’s ON DEMAND Channel 1 and at sfgiants.com beginning February 12.
Here’s a complete listing of the air-dates:
Inside the Clubhouse #2
Fri 2/6/09 7:00 PM
Sat 2/7/09 9:30 PM
Sun 2/8/09 8:30 PM
Tue 2/10/09 6:30 PM