10/20/2002 01:47 am ET
Giants fans loving every minute
By Kent Schacht / MLB.com
SAN FRANCISCO -- The on-field action in World Series Game 1 was happening 410 miles south of Zeke's Diamond Grill in San Francisco, but the atmosphere at the closest sports bar to Pacific Bell Park was every bit as intense as it was at Edison Field.
There were no ThunderStix, and just about the only monkeys in sight were being suffocated in plastic bags, but the orange and black faithful were out in full force and exerting full volume at the 17 televisions on premise.
Thirteen years after the Giants' last World Series appearance, Zeke's, located about a five-minute walk from the stadium, was jammed to the brim with fans wearing everything orange and black. Thirty minutes before first pitch, all seats were spoken for, but that didn't stop more folks from entering even if it was standing room only.
Once the action started, it was all business. Any FOX camera shots of Tommy Lasorda or a certain primate, or just about anything else red and white drew a lusty boo among the faithful.
Just ask the one man courageous enough at Zeke's to don a red and white Angels home jersey and hat. "They were all over me before she got here," said David Peck, who was joined by his girlfriend Christi Partridge, who was decked out in black and orange. "Since then, they've been laying off a bit,"
"I'm normally a lot more obnoxious," added Peck. "I don't think that's a good idea tonight."
Peck, who grew up in Orange County, but now lives in Fresno, was in town visiting Partridge, who works at the ACME Chophouse at Pacific Bell Park, and was thrilled to have a chance to have a night off to root on the Giants.
The couple said the NorCal/SoCal rivalry doesn't put a crimp in their relationship. Instead, it adds a bit of excitement. "If anything, it's a lot better these days," laughed Partridge.
Partridge's presence did indeed seem to quiet the razzing surrounding Angels fan Peck, and he behaved, other than a seventh inning outburst in which he came out of the men's room swinging his stuffed Rally Monkey over his head.
A few feet away from Peck and Partridge, a group of Giants fans were hoping that their devilish behavior might spur their favorite team to a win against the Angels.
Giants fans Karen Haines, Patsy Blue and Jeff Paccassi, all of San Francisco, were sporting devil horns along with their Giants paraphernalia, and next to their beers, mixed drinks and nachos, the group of friends had a couple of Rally Monkeys sealed in plastic.
Paccassi said the group did some research on the Anaheim mascot on the Internet, and according to the primate's official Web site, putting the monkey in a plastic bag kills any rally.
Evidently, it worked. As Haines, Blue and Paccassi banged their monkeys in plastic against their table, the television and the floor, the Angels couldn't rally in the seventh, eighth or ninth against the Giants bullpen.
"The monkey magic is done," said Paccassi. "It doesn't work against a team like the Giants."
If the faithful at Zeke's have their way, the Angels will have only one more chance to prove Paccassi and the rest of Giants Nation wrong.
Kent Schacht is an editorial producer for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.