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The CoolRVers are actually a couple of retirees, Judy and Luke Rinehimer and our 5 year old German Shepherd Dog, Miss Shady Lady. We are "extended-time" travelers with a home in Cool, California. Thanks for following along with us as we travel North America in our "rolling condo", enjoying the RV lifestyle. Your comments are always welcomed.



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Saturday, April 22, 2017

"S" IS FOR MY SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS. (#AtoZChallenge)

I have been a San Francisco Giants fan since 1962.  Here is a salute to San Francisco for my "A to Z Challenge letter of the day:  S IS FOR MY SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS.



When the Giants moved to San Francisco in 1958 my mother, Aileen Montoro, became a true fan.  As she fought her battle with cancer for many years she always listened to the voices of Hall of Famers Russ Hodges and Lon Simmons call the games on KSFO Radio.  I became a true fan, too, when my brother-in-law took us to our first professional baseball game at Candlestick Park in 1962 so she could see her boys play before she died later that year.



The 1962 Giants Roster that played that magic season under Manager Alvin Dark included future Baseball Hall of Famers: Willie Mays, Willie McCovey, Juan Marichal. Orlando Cepeda, and Gaylord Perry.  Also on the roster were these memorable names:  brothers Felipe and Matty Alou, Manny Mota, Jim Davenport, Tom Haller, Chuck Hiller, Stu Miller, Mike McCormick, Dick Larsen, Harvey Kuenn, and others.  The Giants finished 1st in the National League that year with a record of 103-62 and won the NL Pennant!!!  Unfortunately, they lost that World Series 3 games to the NY Yankees' 4 games. To read a heart-breaking review of the last inning of game 7 click here. :-(

FOLLOWING MY GIANTS WHILE TRAVELING

Like my mother, I have been listening to Giants baseball on the radio and watching on TV for as long as I can remember.  The games are now broadcast on KNBR-680 AM Radio  and NBC SportsNet with equally knowledgeable and entertaining first-string broadcasters: Hall of Famer Jon Miller, Dave Flemming, Mike Krukow and Duane Kuiper (better known as Kruk & Kuip).  When traveling I can watch the games on our DirecTV Bay Area SportsNet and I also subscribe to Major League Baseball's MLB-TV Premium, MLB.com At Bat.

I'M A GAMER BABE

The internet provides an entirely wide range of experiences for sports fans.  For a while I followed a Facebook "Kruk & Kuip" group that got so obnoxious and rude I couldn't take it anymore.  I then found the SF Giants Gamer Babes on Facebook and fell in love with a group of women (and a few Gamer Dudes) who always support their team and each other with their knowledgeable baseball discussions.  There are currently more than 7,000 Facebook group members and besides all the online chat during a game they now hold social get-togethers.  The most popular event is a Christmas Lights Cable Car tour around San Francisco.  Then there is the "Gamers Babe Day at the Park" where special group seating is designated and the Babes meet with team members and announcers for a Q&A session prior to the game.  Unfortunately, I haven't attended either event -- yet!

Gamer Babe organizer and group administrator Annie Maciel defines the group best:
Hi Friends and Giants Family! Gamer Babe/Dude from ____________! That's us! It's all about our G-Men and the gals AND guys who LOVE them! Nothing too serious, just a Fun Fan page. Let us know where you're from.

Just fun talk, photos and videos about the San Francisco Giants! A NICE and POSITIVE place to cheer them on! Let's keep it classy folks. We are Giants fans, after all.

There are posting guidelines and folks posting negative comments or "jinxing" the team are removed. The reference above to where fans are "from _______" ties into the group's black and orange shirts that have been designed to show your membership support.  I opted to use my nickname "COOLJUDY" in the center section while others put their home towns or local counties.


Some Babes sell custom "bling" to accessorize the well-dressed Giants fan. And, if it is your birthday, you will be celebrated with photos of tantalizing Giants concoctions and lots of birthday well wishes.


WEARING MY ORANGE AND BLACK

When I attend a game in San Francisco or Scottsdale, AZ during Spring Training I certainly dress for the occasion.  Here are a few scenes that have shown up in my Facebook postings. As you can see, I drag Hubby Luke to the games with me. He was never really a baseball fan but he now knows the team members and watches the game with me at home and on the road.
My GamerDude Grandson Tanner has also attended games with me during Spring Training and in San Francisco.

  Meeting up at Spring Training in Scottsdale, AZ with my daughter's sister-in-law Lisa Pontes

Every year around my birthday in May I buy tickets to my one and only game in San Francisco each year.  In the past that has also been on Mother's Day when there are extra promotional give-aways. The SF Giants scarf that Lisa is wearing in the above photo was a Mother's Day gift I shared with her.

The team mascot, Lou Seal, also gets into a festive mood on Mother's Day and we get to meet "Mom".


GIANT COLLECTIONS

Over the years I have been able to collect game souvenirs that are proudly displayed in my home office.  Here are a few:

Hall of Famer Willie McCovy, Angel Pagan, and Brandon Belt "bobbleheads"

My 2016 Mother's Day Giants promotional give-away bag

An assortment of Giants lanyards, a dog collars and my Hall of Fame souvenir stuffed toy.


One of the most precious gifts I have received came from our friends Barbara and Tom Westerfield whose son, Jason, was able to get while serving as the caterer for the Fresno Giants.  As a birthday gift they gave me a replica set of the San Francisco Giants "WORLD SERIES RINGS".



CAN'T ALWAYS LEAVE MY HEART IN SF

Whenever the Giants win a game in San Francisco the fans leaving the stadium hear the classic Tony Bennett tune, "I Left My Heart in San Francisco".  As I leave this blog salute to San Francisco, here's Tony Bennett:
1:13 YouTube Video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7QdvNjOAfUY



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5 comments:

Emily Bloomquist said...

Hey Judy, I read your post while listening to Jon and Dave calling the Giants / Rockies game. Talk about the perfect topic! Sweet that your husband goes and dresses the part, too.

How nice that you developed your love for the team through your mom. My dad then my husband I moved to the Bay area in the mid 90s. We attended games at Candlestick and developed a love for the team. Dad and I still chat about the team when we talk on the phone and he occasionally goes to a day game on a boat in McCovey Cove.

Emily | My Life In Ecuador

Donna B. McNicol said...

I'm the oddball that follows no sports and rarely roots for any team. LOL!

DB McNicol | Oh, the places we will go! | Tennessee & Texas

Morgan Cartwright said...

The only time I don't cheer for the Giants is when they are playing the Royals.

Over the past two years, I have really grown to love the Giants and I love hearing my boyfriends stories about Candlestick Park and how he was in the Earthquake. They have been season ticket holders for a very long time.

Once Upon a Time

Judy Rinehimer said...

Donna B. McNicol, Not everyone needs to have the same passions in life. Mine happens to include baseball. Writing novels is not my thing -- but you got me back to writing something with this challenge. Thank you.
Judy Rinehimer

Judy Rinehimer said...

Morgan Cartwright, Thanks for your comment. Someday I hope to get to more than one game a year at AT&T Park. - Judy