So I'm taking my high school youth group to work in the Tenderloin to help clean up the area, do some repainting in places that need it, feed the homeless at Glide, etc. and this game will be their reward for a week's worth of hard work. We're a group of 14, and half of them have never been to a Giants game, a few have never been to a MLB game of any team, and we'll be hanging out in section 315 behind home plate. Any ideas on how to make the day special (you know, besides the Giants winning?) Specific questions after the jump...
1a. Are lines shorter through some gates than others? (I printed our tickets through StubHub, so we don't have to worry about "will call.")
2. Ballpark food is good (MMM GARLIC FRIES!!!!) but a little pricey on a high school student's budget. Any good-yet-reasonably-priced places to eat nearby that we can access by foot?
3. I'm assuming if we're there early enough for a bobblehead, we'll be there for most or all of batting practice. Any fun things to do besides the Coke slide?
3a. There are a few autograph hounds among us, and I'm guilty as charged. Any tips on where/when to try for them? After the game doesn't usually work, so I was thinking BP...
4. I made them promise not to do the wave, but they want to get on TV somehow since FOX is broadcasting the game and their parents might be able to see us by watching at home (I know, I know, fat chance where we're sitting.) One of the girls suggested making some orange and black signs, and as a shout-out to my fellow McCoven (particularly the ones out of area such as myself who rarely/never get to AT&T Park,) if you could put anything on a sign that wouldn't get us kicked out of the park, what would you want FOX to show during a nationally televised game?
4a. Bonus points if there is a favorite McCoven meme/mod you would want to see, e.g. "Fear the (fail)Beard!" "This game is tastier than eating squids on a Brisbee!" etc.
5. Any other tips/insider stuff I might find useful would be greatly appreciated!