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Orange you glad to see me!

Let’s make the FINAL 6 Giants regular home games ROCK! We’re encouraging YOU to wear your orange ALL homestand long!  Fear not, if you can’t make it to the games or you just want to show extra support, send us pictures of your orangest outfits! Let’s paint the town orange with your tux, shoes, top hats, prom dress, wet suit, skirt, socks, you know the drill.  For successful completion of this operation you will be handsomely rewarded with bragging rights and the opportunity to have your picture featured on the Giants scoreboard.  The mission is in your hands, it’s time to get creative fans, the Giants know you can deliver.

 

E-mail your pic’s to sfgiantscoop@sfgiants.com

 

Sing a Song!

Hey Fans, guess what!  Auditions are being held at AT&T Park this very moment for American Idol.  Registration is closed, but check out these pictures I took of the hopefuls, Production crew, Seacrest and Executive Producer Nigel Lythgoe!  Are you a fan of AI?  If so, who is your favorite past winner?  Mine has to be Carrie Underwood, gotta love the song “Before He Cheats”.  Also, you can’t go wrong with Kelly Clarkson either, she can definitely belt it out!  Are you’re a fan of the crazy/kooky auditions?  Who is most memorable?  Do you remember dropout Berkley Student William Hung who made the song “She Bangs” popular again, or General Larry Platt who coined the hit tune “Pants on the Ground” in last year’s season?  And who can’t forget Adam Lambert who auditioned in San Francisco and was runner up in last year’s competition.  You never know, maybe this season’s (Seacrect voice) NEXT AMERICAN IDOL could come from San Francisco!

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TGIF

I have a sweet treat for anyone interested in getting in on some batting practice action for today’s game.  The Giants are streaming BP live on the internet as well as player interviews AND to top it all off; we’re answering questions that fan’s submitted via twitter!  So whether you’re in your PJ’s at home, at work counting down the minutes ’til the weekend, or wherever you are, you can watch BP live at AT&T Park/read Fan QnA via Twitter on your computer!  And while you’re there feel free to share your thoughts via Twitter!

Check out SFGiants.com for the live BP and twitter.com/sfgiants for fan QnA!

Happy Friday, Beat LA and GO GIANTS!

P.S.  If you’re at the game tonight or in or around the ballpark, look for the SFGProductions Camera Crew at Willie Mays Plaza between 6-7pm.  They’re shooting an “It’s Magic Inside” commercial and are looking for enthusiastic Giants fans!

Golden Tee

When you think of the Giants Clubhouse, you think; lockers, jerseys, bats, balls, etc., but did you know there’s an old school arcade style video game tucked away in the Giants Clubhouse? That’s right, the game Golden Tee was added to the Giants Clubhouse a few years back and has been a popular outlet for players to bond, unwind and relax.

 

It’s unknown who the top Golden Tee Champ is within the team, but as you can see from the leaderboard, there is some serious competition going on.    Have you ever played Golden Tee?  If so what’s your highest score?

 

 

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On Field Photo Day. A Tradition

On Saturday, the Giants hosted their annual On Field Photo Day.  What has become a tradition for Giants fans, is also an enjoyable experience for Giants players and coaches.  3,000 fans came to the park early for a chance to meet some of their favorite 2010 Giants as they line up in a circle in center field of AT&T Park.  Players then make their way around the circle for a chance to interact with some of the Giants most passionate fans. And I mean PASSIONATE!  Some were lined up before 8am. 

I wish there was an On Field Photo Day back when I was a kid in the 80s, and seeing all of the young fans getting photos with their favorite Giants players is really cool.  Of course, Lincecum is probably the most popular, and getting a photo with Tim is a prized possession.  But Zito, Sandoval, Affeldt and Romo were also in high demand, and doing more talking than posing.  Some fans didn’t even bring a camera, just wanted to be on the field and play catch. 

I was truly impressed with some Giants who were literally pulled off the field, they were having as much fun as the fans.  Barry Zito must have taken the most photos, and a night after going 4-0, he was in hot demand. 

This is truly a special day, maybe not as popular as a Wearable Blanket or a bobblehead giveaway, but those who attend on field photo day go home with memories that will last a lifetime.

Were you one of the lucky fans on the field?  Let us know your experience and share some of your photos.

 

 

Rain Rain Go Away

Hey fans, in case you haven’t heard, we’re in a rain delay!!!  I haven’t seen any cats or dogs, but I wouldn’t put it past Mother Nature to throw in a few.

Being in the scoreboard room during a rain delay is interesting.  It’s our job to entertain the fans under all circumstances, so we have to prepare lots of rain delay content.  At the moment we’re showing the 2010 Masters and before that, since it’s the 10th anniversary of the first game at AT&T Park, we showed interviews of players from the 2000 team.  A highlight was definitely seeing Barry Bonds, and the fans enjoyed seeing him as well. 

Speaking of the fans, check out these pictures of the greatest fans in baseball!  Shout out to the girls with the super cute rain boots!!

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Welcome!

Welcome to behind-the-scenes at AT&T Park…there’s so much that goes on.  For example, did you know it takes one big orange button to shoot off the Water Cannons?  (reminds me of: “Mr. President, we have a situation, in order to save America you need to push the big red button NOW”).   The Water Cannons button along with the Giants Home Run Splash Counter Control, Fog Horn, and the on/off switch for the Coke Bottle and Glove are all located in the scoreboard room (see pictures below).

 




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When a Giants home run is hit and it’s Water Cannons time, I swear there’s always a fight over who gets to push the big orange button.

 

Most of the time we take turns,

 

It’s a pretty great button.

 

The Water Cannons shoot out water (on average reaching heights of 100-130 feet in the air), almost always drenching the un-expecting fans standing below, (speaking of, have you ever been one of those unsuspecting fans?) then the water re-pressurizes gathering enough power to spray its next victims.

 

The Water Cannons ON/OFF process is very similar to the way the scoreboard turns on and off.  You’re probably asking yourself, “what…the scoreboard turns on and off just like my computer? NO WAY”.

 

I’ve been here 5 years and one of the top stories that my friends get a kick out of is the fact that it only take one little button to turn on the GIANT HD scoreboard in center field, and of course one little button to turn it off.  But in this Water Cannons situation, we’re working with 2 buttons. “ON” is green, and the other is…is…yes, RED!  Good guess!

 

Anyway I’m getting ahead of myself, let me back up and say, hi my name is Rachel Fingerote and I work in the San Francisco Giants Front Office.  I’m a member of the official in-house production crew, SFG Productions; we create scoreboard, television, radio and online entertainment.  We’re located in the ballpark in three locations; the Edit Suite, the Front Office and the Scoreboard Room.  Pretty much if you’re at a game at AT&T Park and you’re eyes aren’t on the field, then you’re most likely watching our scoreboard show (Kiss Cam, Cable Car Race, Cap Dance, to name a few favorites).

 

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Speaking of the scoreboard show, here’s our first ever SFGiantScoop Quiz:

How many people does it take to change the scoreboard?

8 video board operators, 6 interns, 4 camera people, 2 score keepers, 2 producers, 1 DJ and 1 announcer to put on the San Francisco Giants Scoreboard Show and they’ll be happy to change a light bulb for you!

 

As a member of SFG Productions, I along with the rest of the crew encounter many amazing behind-the-scenes experiences that in turn, make for pretty great stories.  We got together and decided to create this blog to be able to share our stories with YOU, the fans! 

 

What do we mean behind the scenes?  For example, ever wonder what Kruk and Kuip’s room looks like behind the curtain?  We’ll show you.  Ever wonder where the players walk when they disappear down into the dugout?  We’ll show you that too.  Does your mouth water at the smell of ballpark food?  We’ll bring in the chef who comes up with all of the wonderful creations and ask him how he does it!  And we might even throw in a recipe for you to try at home!

 

Basically, anything we see, you’ll see…anything we experience, you’ll know about!

 

But wait, there’s more!

Not only are we revealing behind-the-scenes top secret information, we’re also a platform for you the fans to submit questions, suggestions, comments (good and bad) of what we’re doing and why!

 

We take great pride in our jobs and putting on the best experience day in and day out for our Giants fans, and we are fans as well.  GO GIANTS!

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