With Giants Fan Fest just a month away, now seems like a good time to discuss it. I did the Fan Fest thing for the first time last year and it was, um, flawed. To say the least. In my opinion. I looked on the internet and saw only glowing reviews of it, so I’m really curious… do you like your team’s Fan Fest? Are you planning to go this year? And without further ado, The Good, The Bad and The Ugly in my opinion.
Going into the press box and seeing the labels for all the different news sources and the view from there was lots of fun.
Going on the field…
…and seeing the view of the stands from the field
Which has much more text and fewer pictures = much less fun.
Sort of hectic and unpleasant and for all anyone was doing to speed it along, the lines were very long and slow. I get that there were a lot of people who appreciate and enjoy that you can just go in for free and see whatever you want to see, but that honestly wasn’t fun for me or my Fan-Fest-going-partners. I think if it were more guided and concise, it would be more fun for all. Timed tickets, anyone? It’s not like I have cash flowing out of my ears or anything, but I would absolutely be willing to pay something if the event was better streamlined. Especially if the parking stayed free.
Some visual aid on the cash coming out of ears thing. Doesn’t that guy look exactly like me? Twins separated and birth, I think. And I was delayed for 40 odd years.
Even on a smaller scale, it was just hard to find where anything was or what, exactly, was going on. The workers seemed as genuinely confused as I was. And the way the KNBR booth- which could have been a top attraction- was set up, made it hard to have a good time watching. The Chronicle Live set was way more fun and had TVs set up playing the show so you could see the result of what was going on set. At the KNBR booth, you couldn’t hear a thing and there were no radios.
But there was a Tim Lincecum spotting, so how bad could it have been?
I’m not blaming the Giants for this, but the field was like going to the beach. Wet and sandy. And kind of muddy, too. Not prime conditions for my embellished boots. Or my brother’s sneakers, for that matter. Just not prime conditions to walk on. It was a little bit ugly.
For all that, I will probably end up going back this year. It’s been a long offseason and I don’t think I’ll be able to pass up a chance to smell some baseball.
p.s. You knew I wouldn’t end this post without referencing National Whipped Cream Day. I made chocolate mousse with whipped cream. It was really good. But not real whipped cream, I guess, because whipped cream isn’t whipped cream at all unless it’s been whipped with whips. Willy Wonka is the authority on this one.