Sanchez No-No Heating up Giants Tickets?
ESPN asked the question on SportsCenter last night – “Who are this year’s Tampa Bay Rays?” – the cinderella team of 2009? The leading candidates just might be the San Francisco Giants, who are currently ten games over .500 and smack in the middle of the wild card chase, led by their super pitching staff.
Everyone knows the Giants have pitching. 2008 Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum. Young stud Matt Cain. Three hundred game winner Randy Johnson. Even Barry Zito, after a grueling offseason program, is returning to his old form. Quick, who is the #5 flame thrower on the Giants staff? I bet you didn’t know. No one did, until last night.
Jonathan Sanchez tossed the MLB’s first no-hitter of 2009, the first in AT&T Park, and the first for a Giant since 1976. Great, Giants opponents are thinking, now there are no nights off against these guys!
The Bay Area was mesmerized last night during the game. Giants fans were texting, IM’g, tweeting, and phoning each other to turn on the TV. It was the most excitement Bay Area sports fans have had since the Warriors “We Believe” post season run a few years ago.
Making the story all the more fun was that Sanchez had just been inserted back into the rotation, replacing the injured “Big Unit.” An erratic few starts had led to his recent demotion to the bullpen. There were even trade rumors. My guess is he’s feeling better now.
To top it off, in a true “Field of Dreams” moment, Jonathan’s father, up from Puerto Rico to see his son start a Giants game for the first time ever, was on hand to “hug it out” after the game.
For most of the year, Giants tickets have been going for as little as $7 on the ticket providers searched by FanSnap. If the Bay Area Boys, led by “Big Panda,” keep this up after the All Star Game, this may very well change. Right now, a ticket to see these guys may be the best bargain in baseball. Let’s Go Giants!