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My, the weather sure is fair in San Francisco today!

Nov 2, 2010, 5:01 PM EDT

Lisa Fernandez of the Mercury News has a story about San Francisco Giants gear flying off the shelves:

Within minutes of the San Francisco Giants winning the World Series, the hawkers began their pitches. The Giants franchise e-mailed fans, offering championship gear ranging from snow globes to sweatshirts. Macy’s offered customers the chance to buy a commemorative crystal baseball for just $165. At the Target on Coleman Avenue in San Jose, clerks on Tuesday morning were fielding calls from early morning customers seeking Giants T-shirts (not in yet) and Giants party decorations (also on their way).

Ahh, nothing says “die hard” like frantically trying to buy team merchandise the day after they win the championship.

  1. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Nov 2, 2010 at 5:12 PM

    Ahh, fairweather fans.

  2. steveflack - Nov 2, 2010 at 5:22 PM

    Or, y’know, maybe they are actual fans re-energized by the World Series victory putting more money into the team? I know last year I was one of dozens of real Yankee fans on line at the Yankees store the day after the World Series victory trading up from well worn Yankees hats to World Series hats.

    Not everyone is a bandwagon jumper, y’know.

    • woodenulykteneau - Nov 2, 2010 at 5:25 PM

      Pot, kettle. Kettle, pot.

  3. Utley's Hair - Nov 2, 2010 at 5:23 PM

    $165 commemorative crystal baseballs? Really? Ugh…

    • willmose - Nov 2, 2010 at 8:42 PM

      Crystal balls? A big hit with SF’s gay community.

  4. Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Nov 2, 2010 at 5:26 PM

    Every team that wins has this happen. Nothing new and says nothing about the fan base.

    • Utley's Hair - Nov 2, 2010 at 5:58 PM

      No, but the number of sales of the $165 commemorative crystal baseballs does.

  5. skerney - Nov 2, 2010 at 7:29 PM

    The Giants have drawn 3 million fans 9 out of the last 11 years. That includes this season when they only spent 37 days in first place. This is a baseball town.

  6. onemilemore - Nov 2, 2010 at 9:58 PM

    Dude, we won a World Series for the first time since we have been in San Francisco! Excuse us if we want to commemorate the event with a shirt or hat.

    How does wanting to proudly support your team’s victory make you a fairweather fan? Like skerney said, look at the attendance. We love our Giants, regardless of the weather (which you would know if you ever came to AT&T and sat in a 50 degree July night).

  7. sailcat54 - Nov 2, 2010 at 10:49 PM

    Got my Giants 50th anniversary hat with an ancient Croix de Candlestick pinned on it and my old SF Giants jersey hanging in the closet…and I plan on buying a lot of 2010 World Series gear soon, too! Big congrats to the San Francisco Big Guys!!!

  8. apbaguy - Nov 3, 2010 at 12:51 AM

    Utley’s a little bit of sore loser. I think. SF’s first win since the Giants have been here, damn right there’s a parade. It’s tomorrow, recreating the route the ’58 Giants took when they first came to town. Weather will be gorgeous: about 73 and sunny, low humidity, no clouds. Whether we win or lose, it’s still CA baby!

    • Utley's Hair - Nov 3, 2010 at 1:27 AM

      I’m not being a sore loser. The Phightins offense and defense were nonexistent in the NLCS. The Dwarves beat them, but they beat themselves, also. That’s over. I’m waiting the three-plus damn months before pitchers and catchers.

      That said, the whole idea of idiotic chatschke(sp?) like commemorative crystal baseballs are asinine.

      And just because the unrest happened away from the tourist areas does NOT make it okay. No matter what city it’s in. There were a few fires and sporadic vandalism here in 2008, but nothing major—that STILL doesn’t legitimize it. There is no reason for that crap.

  9. Alex K - Nov 3, 2010 at 8:49 AM

    It’s also understandable that people are rushing to buy team gear after they win because the stuff they have from before doesn’t say World Series Champions on it. If/when the Cubs win a World Series you can bet I’ll be in line somewhere the next day to buy a new shirt/hat.

  10. jhu1997 - Nov 3, 2010 at 11:28 AM

    I love the fairweather fans. Fairweather fans pay the $23MM mortgage on our beautiful, privately funded stadium by the bay. Yes, they drive up the price of weekend tickets, and are probably part of the reason why I couldn’t get a world series ticket, but the Giants depend on the chardonnay-sipping, cell-phone-yapping field club denizens to put a competitive product on the field. More power to them.

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