San Francisco Giants: A hypothetical response to Ohtani’s questionnaire
By Daniel Sperry
Why this organization and city?
The city of San Francisco itself is one of the crown jewels of America. It’s natural beauty, waterfront location, temperate climate, and passionate citizens love the city. They do their best to represent it as best as possible. The Bay Area is a top five media market in the United States, and holds the fourth largest Asian-American contingent in the United States behind Baltimore/DC, Los Angeles and New York City. The asian culture in the city however, has the largest imprint on the city over all the others, specifically San Francisco. Not only do they have a large contingent, they have an incredibly supportive contingent.
Back in 2006, the US Men’s National Team held a soccer friendly at AT&T park against Japan, and at the time made it the largest Soccer game attended in the history of the Bay Area. 35,000+ packed the stadium, and most of the time, the large Japanese contingent drowned out the American supporters. The Japanese, and Asian-American community within the city is incredibly supportive of each other, and would help provide a great support network for Ohtani if he were to choose San Francisco.
The city is also incredibly supportive of its baseball team. Despite a terrible 2017 season, the San Francisco Giants surpassed the three million mark in fans through the gates for the eighth consecutive season, and had 35,000 full season ticket holders. It helps that the organization has had considerable success over those eight years though.
The San Francisco Giants have the most titles in the last decade of any MLB Franchise. Their three world series titles are only close to the Boston Red Sox two. Nobody else has won more than one. The Giants have done so on the backs of pitching and defense, and of course timely hitting. They pride themselves on being as competitive as possible, and likely will do whatever it takes financially to be competitive.
The fanbase, despite the recent season, is hungry for wins and success. They love their team, and have a massive amount of support. That has always led to one of the best atmospheres in baseball, in one of the crown jewel stadiums of the league. It’s a classic, American baseball atmosphere night in and night out at AT&T Park. The franchise wants success just as much as the fans do, and that’s what makes the Giants special.