With the start to the 2020 MLB season now delayed and spring training suspended, here are five tips for San Francisco Giants fans to pass the time.
The entire world has seemingly ground to a halt in the face of the coronavirus outbreak, and chances are some of you reading this are a little bored and looking for something to do. If you San Francisco Giants fans are missing baseball like we at Around the Foghorn are, then you are in luck, because we have some tips to help you pass the time.
These tips are all related specifically to the Giants, and many of them are tied to the championship years from the previous decade. Ah, the championship years. The Giants were winning games and people were not afraid to leave their homes. Good times.
So if you are staying inside and missing the San Francisco Giants, here are five things you can do to pass the time while waiting for the world to resume.
Rewatch the World Series wins
If you, like me, have all three of the official World Series films from the Giants three championship runs, now is a perfect time to break them out.
The 2020 season will be the 10-year anniversary of the legendary 2010 title run, so it might be nice to re-acquaint yourself with Cody Ross, Tim Lincecum, Freddy Sanchez, and whoever the first baseman was for the team that year. Drawing a blank on his name for some reason.
That season is still hard to believe 10 years later, especially with the band of misfits who came together to win it all despite long odds.
Those films will remind you of things your forgot and probably even give you the chills. The films are available on YouTube and links are provided below. The 2014 Word Series film is not on YouTube, but there is still a cool video recounting the season that I will link.
Brush up on Giants history
Some of you might be thinking about doing something you haven't done since high school in light of the pandemic: reading a book.
Fear not if you are turned off by fiction, they write books about your favorite sports team too!
Brian Murphy wrote The San Francisco Giants: 50 Years back in 2008 recounting the first 50 years of baseball in San Francisco after the team moved from New York in 1958.
It is a great read for anyone, but especially for younger fans who may not be well-versed in the team's history before the 2010s.
There is also a book coming out from John Shea and Willie Mays this May called Life Stories and Lessons from the Say Hey Kid. I don't know about you, but I wouldn't mind a little advice from the greatest to ever play the game of baseball.
Test your Giants knowledge
There are some fun quizzes at Sporcle.com where you have 10 minutes to name every player on the San Francisco Giants from a given year. Start with the 2019 one and see how far you can work your way into Giants history.
I'm embarrassed to say I only got a 40/64 on the 2019 Giants quiz, including forgetting Joe Panik. The quizzes can be difficult, especially with a time limit, so I'll say that you need to identify at least half the players if you want to consider yourself a true Giants fan.
Or maybe that just means you have too much time on your hands or a decent memory. Either way, those quizzes are a great way to pass the time.
Watch the team's YouTube content
The San Francisco Giants YouTube channel actually has some pretty cool stuff on it. Players like Hunter Pence, Johnny Cueto, Mauricio Dubon, and Mike Yastrzemski are mic'd up during practice.
Then there are some videos like every Splash Hit into McCovey Cove by Giants players. So don't worry, you won't have to see Hunter Strickland barking into his glove and Bryce Harper striding around the bases.
The Inside the Clubhouse videos are especially neat because they give you a glimpse behind the scenes during some of the team's playoff runs. Overall, there is some interesting stuff, so check it out if you're missing Giants baseball.
Watch Ken Burns' "Baseball" documentary
If you are a history buff and/or a baseball nerd like myself, chances are you've already seen Ken Burns' "Baseball" documentary.
The 11-part series is available on Amazon Prime Video and is also streaming for free on pbs.org in light of the current circumstances.
The series is not for the faint of heart, clocking in at just under 20 hours. This tip may be best used as an emergency measure if the season keeps getting delayed , but for those of you who truly love baseball, it is a must watch.
So there you have it, five tips to help you pass the time while we wait for the start of the baseball season. Let's hope that time comes sooner rather than later, and don't forget to wash your hands.