Hello and happy Thursday.
On Wednesday, the San Francisco Giants announced a whole bunch of changes that will be taking place for fans attending games at Oracle Park. The “too long; didn’t read” version is that the restrictions are going to be loosened. A lot.
We’ve known for a little while now that the Giants would be returning to full capacity later this month, as California is lifting size restrictions on athletic events on June 15. But the Giants are going a step further. In addition to allowing full capacity — which inherently means no social distancing — the Giants are no longer requiring fans to show proof of vaccination or a recent negative coronavirus test. On top of that, masks are not required at the park, though the team is still strongly recommending them.
I don’t feel great about that, but what do I know.
Concessions are also returning to normal, though the team will continue to allow — and encourage — fans to order food on their phones to avoid creating crowds in covered spaces.
The Giants are also re-opening the portwalk viewing area in right field, which could potentially change the way wind blows, and keep the ball from playing as live as it has.
Enjoy the games if you go, Giants fans. And please be safe.
Old, random MCC article for you to read
The position-by-position home run records of the San Francisco Giants (Aug. 19, 2014 — Grant Brisbee)
- Susan Slusser on Mike Yastrzemski nearing a return from the Injured List (SF Chronicle)
- Alex Pavlovic on Sammy Long’s historic debut (NBC Sports Bay Area)
- Kerry Crowley on how the Giants celebrated Brandon Crawford setting the franchise record in games at shortstop (Mercury News)
- Mark W. Sanchez on how Sammy Long’s debut was everything he dreamed of (KNBR)
- Alex Pavlovic on the Giants growing confidence (NBC Sports Bay Area)
What time do the Giants play today?
The Giants play the Washington Nationals today at 4:05 p.m. PT.
Hope it’s a great Thursday for all of you.