San Francisco Giants fans gearing up for World Series
SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Giants fever is gripping the Bay Area coming off of Monday night's epic National League Championship Series win and fans are now gearing up for Wednesday's start of the World Series at home in San Francisco.
The Dugout store at AT&T Park opened up two hours early Tuesday morning and that turned out to be a good move because Giants fans are using the break between series' to do some shopping. "I'm looking for the World Series apparels, trying to beat the crowd. I know it's going to be crazy here in the next couple days," fan Francis Lopez said. Postseason sweatshirts for men are sold out. National League Championship t-shirts are selling for $32.
Even Giants commentator Mike Krukow stopped by the store to stock up. "I'm here. I've got to get shirts and hats for relatives, and friends. So, we're all caught up in it, but I think everyone's a little piece of this team and maybe buying a t-shirt is that little piece," he said.
The second batch of National League Championship t-shirts came off the conveyor belt a little after 5 a.m. The crew at San Francisco's Graphic Sportswear gambled Monday and printed some shirts before the Giants won. The gamble turned out to be a good one. "It's something you have to do though. You have to be ready. People expect it when they come out of the ballpark and they're in that fever pitch and they want t-shirts," Assistant Sales Manager Mike Smith told ABC7 News.
Smith said there was actually some debate during the series over whether or not to print them early since the Giants got off to a slow start. He said they hate to eat the shirts because Major League Baseball insists they destroy them if the team doesn't win. However now, they're already devising a World Series plan. "As soon as they win three games, then we'll start printing World Series Champions," Smith said.
Anything with a Giants logo on it is a big seller right now. Susie Cakes on Chestnut Street can barely keep their Giants cupcakes in stock. "It's been crazy," said Assistant Manager Michelle Peck. "If we don't have Giants cupcakes in the case, people are like, 'Where are they? Can I get them?' They can order them, but the demand in the store we just can't keep up with."
The National Championship t-shirts are the biggest sellers at the Dugout. They're so big, the store is going to operate on extended hours from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. all week.
If you're interested in checking out the World Series action in person, it's going to cost you. Ticket search website Seat Geek shows the average ticket price on resale sites for Game 1 is $735. For Game 2, it's $695. The cheapest tickets at AT&T Park Tuesday morning were in the $400 range. The most expensive tickets were $11,000 for first row behind the Giants dugout.
For the games in Detroit, tickets are averaging mid-$500s but of course, there's the cost of flying there.
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