Thursday, October 28, 2010

My Visit to the World Series

Wednesday night, I attended Game 1 of the World Series in San Francisco. I didn’t have a ticket, but that didn’t mean I wasn’t still a part of the action. In fact, I think I had the best experience outside the stadium, just watching the game on televisions inside bars, restaurants, donut shops—even at a Starbucks, while standing on the sidewalk.

There were people from all around, like Gabe that I met on my train ride, who came up from Merced. Like me, he didn’t have a ticket, but he too wanted to take part in the experience. Listening to conversations on the streets, I heard people say numerous times that the energy they felt was nothing like the last time the Giants played in the World Series in 2002.

The energy could be felt everywhere around the stadium, even for people not watching the game on TV. In McCovey Cove, you could find people on boats, yachts, canoes, and devices I'd never even seen before, just floating about and taking in the experience from the water.

Just beyond the cove, on a grassy area overlooking the third base side upper deck, I found fathers playing catch with their children, people gathered around radios while barbequing, and local news outlets preparing for their nightly broadcasts. It was here that I ran into NBC 11 Sports Director Raj Mathai, prepping his upcoming story.

The excitement that the Giants playing in the World Series has brought to San Francisco is truly palpable. Not surprisingly, orange and black permeated the area around AT&T Park last night. Still, some in the area admitted that they weren’t truly die-hard Giants fans, but found themselves swept up in the excitement. Yet despite this, their passion behind every Giants run was just as real and enthusiastic as the lifelong fans, who’ve for years endured missed opportunities and uneventful seasons. During this World Series, everyone is a die-hard Giants fan.

Now, I make no secret of being a San Francisco Giants fan, which might be a contradiction given
that I work for Baseball San Jose and spend my days trying to build support for an A’s move to San Jose. However, at the end of the day, I consider myself a San Josean and baseball fan first. I know that a Major League Baseball team in San Jose would help further our national identity, boost our local economy, and make Downtown San Jose a destination for baseball fans across Northern California. Now for those naysayers, who might say that I only make these comments because of my affiliation with Baseball San Jose, I say I came to this opinion long before I knew of the role that this organization was playing in the effort to bring the A’s to Silicon Valley. The A’s in San Jose just makes sense. And it has for years.

I have no doubt that, in San Jose we have the greatest sports fans, and that they would embrace a baseball team in the same manner that they did the Sharks, the Earthquakes, and even the Sabercats (yes, they’re coming back starting in January). And wouldn’t it be great to bring the mania currently overtaking San Francisco to Silicon Valley? I, for one, look forward to the day when San Jose might have the opportunity to host its own World Series, so that I can again experience, closer to home this time, what I did in San Francisco on Wednesday.

-Paul Higgins

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat...

Over the weekend, Baseball San Jose braved the erratic weather to spread the word about Major League Baseball in Silicon Valley. On Saturday, we took in the sun as we joined the festivities at the Luthor Burbank Jamboree and Carnival in Midtown. It was fantastic to see the growing excitement for the A's in San Jose. On Sunday, undeterred by the rain, we stopped by Oktoberfest in downtown Campbell. The lager wasn't the only thing making people happy, so too was the idea of future San Jose A's games at Cisco Field.

Continue to look for Baseball San Jose at events around the South Bay. And remember, if you miss us at a local event, fret not. You can always download your very own Baseball San Jose window sign here

You're up to bat, San Jose!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Enough Love to Go Around

Like the rest of the Bay Area, we here at Baseball San Jose have been rooting for the San Francisco Giants in their exciting playoff run. It's always gratifying to see a local team make a national impact, so we are thrilled to see the Giants take their Division Series. Let's hope they're on track to win their first World Series since the New York Giants were the champs in 1954.

As a testament to the widespread popularity of baseball in the Bay Area, Silicon Valleyites, too, are showing their Giants pride. Of course, in Silicon Valley, Giants orange and black has always sat comfortably alongside Athletics green and gold. We know there's always been room for both teams in the South Bay. That's what the Silicon Valley Leadership Group reminded Commissioner Bud Selig of in their recent letter. They point out that their organization is "comprised of both devoted A’s and Giants fans and ... will continue to enthusiastically support both teams ... in a vibrant two team market anchored by San Francisco and the Bay Area’s largest city, San Jose."

Finally, with all this playoff and World Series talk we can't help but imagine what a Silicon Valley World Series, with our own San Jose A's, would be like. No doubt, a state-of-the-art Cisco Field would be a MLB showpiece. Of course, we don't have to imagine what a playoff series would look like in downtown San Jose. If a San Jose A's playoff run looked anything like one of the San Jose Sharks', the city would be in for a boon. Those who've been in a downtown bar or restaurant during Sharks playoff games know the enthusiasm and passion that sweeps over the crowds. And there's no reason to think the A's wouldn't be equally embraced by the city.

Bottom line, whether it's the Giants or the A's in the playoffs or in a World Series, both teams—indeed both regions—benefit. There's more than enough love to go around.

You're up to bat, San Jose!

Friday, October 8, 2010

What would a downtown ballpark do for San Jose?

The San Pedro Square Market's Steve Borkenhagen tells us how a downtown ballpark would positively impact San Jose.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Baseball San Jose at the Spirit of Japantown Festival

This past weekend, Baseball San Jose visited the Spirit of Japantown festival. As we've found at all the events we've attended, San Joseans are overwhelmingly enthusiastic about an A's move to the city.

Festival-goers take in the scope of the proposed Cisco Field.

Everybody was getting into the act.

Plenty of ham on hand at the karaoke stand.

You're up to bat, San Jose!