Like ships passing in the night, the Golden State Warriors are returning to Houston just as the Giants are leaving, after getting swept in their two-game series. So we know it probably wasn’t a happy flight today, but the mood might have been improved with the arrival of a little gift from the Warriors.
#sfgiants are finally doing a Theme Trip™️. All players and coaches (and bullpen catchers) are wearing Warriors sweat suits on their flight after tonight’s game at Houston. GSW shipped 60 of them. pic.twitter.com/BdJrJ8lzgz— Andrew Baggarly (@extrabaggs) May 23, 2018
The theme was Alonzo Powell’s idea, considering both teams were playing against Houston at the time. And though, as themes go it’s not particularly creative, the thought of the entire plane full of players, coaches and broadcasters rocking the same exact outfit actually sounds kind of funny - like the time they all dressed up like Tim Hudson in 2015.
Anyway, it’s a nice piece of Bay Area solidarity and good cross-marketing. And it certainly seemed to put the guys in good spirits.
#BayAreaUnite pic.twitter.com/rOu8DDXHpu— Carmen Kiew (@carmenkiew) May 24, 2018
Go Warriors! Represented #DubNation on our way to Chicago. #StrengthInNumbers | #BayAreaUnite | #SFGiants pic.twitter.com/6xbbiBv2hW— San Francisco Giants (@SFGiants) May 24, 2018
Though I can’t imagine the Warriors all suiting up in Giants regalia, with fashion being a much bigger focal point in the NBA, the two teams do have a recent history of supporting each other in the big moments.
The Warriors attended one of the home games during the 2014 World Series and Draymond Green threw out the first pitch of Game 4 of the 2016 NLDS (of which we will never speak again).
Additionally plenty of Giants have partaken in the Warriors recent run of success. From Hunter Pence, to Kelby Tomlinson, and everywhere in between. Gregor Blanco was most recently in attendance for Sunday’s game, and Brandon Belt attended Game 5 of the NBA Finals last year where he got to watch them win it all at home. (Who says he isn’t clutch?)
Brandon Crawford, a Bay Area native, frequently takes pictures of his very well-matched family wearing their blue and gold to support the home team. Meanwhile, Kevin Durant has made several visits to the Giants, once before he even came to play in Oakland, as Grant excitedly reminded us of on the day he signed here.
Also, this picture with Tim Lincecum will always make me giggle.
Anyway, let’s hope they had a fairly happy flight to Chicago, where they will have the night off to hopefully watch the Warriors take a series lead over the Houston Rockets in Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals.