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World  Series
10/22/2002 9:14 pm ET 
Pacific Bell Park is a site to see
By Alyson Footer /

Angels fans, who attended Game 3 of the World Series, pose for a picture in front of a Willie Mays statue. (Ben Platt/
SAN FRANCISCO -- Pacific Bell Park is arguably the most picturesque of all of the new ballparks. Even on a dreary, rainy day as was the case for Game 3 on Tuesday, the view from the portwalk, stands, concourse and the field itself is breathtaking.

Fans arrived to the ballpark early on Tuesday, understandably anxious after waiting what felt like a lifetime for the Series to move from Anaheim to the City by the Bay.

A few dozen fans clustered by the seats right near the Giants dugout. Did they get autographs? "No!" they emphatically yelled at the same time. "I did," one young voice piped. Martin, age 12, had nabbed an autograph from David Bell, who happens to be Martin's favorite player.

"I've been following him since he was in Seattle," the youngster explained.

Moving down the third-base line, more fans lined up with hopes of grabbing a batting practice grounder, or better yet, a souvenir from a Giants player shagging fly balls in nearby left field.

Paul, who described himself as "40, going on 14," is a season-ticket holder who has been to around 60 Giants games this year. He usually fields four to five batting practice balls per game.

"I get 90-100 throughout the year," he said proudly.

Back to But if there's an award to be handed out regarding the most creative baseball-grabbing contraption, it would have to be Scooper Fan's. He came up with an ingenious creation that features a long metal rod with a cluster of duct tape at the end in the form of a scoop. When a ball comes near him, he simply captures the ball, scoops it up, and hands it to a kid.

He never keeps the balls for himself.

"I give them all away to kids. Every one of them," he bellowed.

The activity up on the concourses this early mostly involves fans buying food and drinks. Joan may have escaped the wrath of reporters had it not been for her kinky, crazy, tangled mess of a wig -- a black and orange weave in desperate need of a hot oil treatment.

Joan, a self-described "medicare momma" -- she recently turned 65 -- wears the wig with pride.

Pacific Bell Park has the Coke Bottle and the glove behind the left-field stands.

"I wear this to...repel the Angels," she explained. "The Giants win it every time I wear it, so I can't break the streak now."

Outside the ballpark, a mariachi band plays as people dance their way through the turnstiles, where they receive a complimentary, commemorative ticket holder.

While the original rally monkey was left back in Anaheim, a few stuffed versions of the rival creature have made appearances at Pac Bell.

Bill, 45, is proud of his creation -- a stuffed animal monkey, hands tied behind his back, hanging by a noose around his neck.

Like Joan, Bill hopes to "repel the Angels."

Not everyone was a Giants fan. A brave group of Anaheim faithful proudly walked the concourse dressed head to toe in Angel red, proudly carrying their rally monkeys.

"We're from Orange County -- we flew in this morning," said Carol, just before rounding her troops to pose for a picture in front of the Willie Mays statue on the corner of 3rd and King streets.

Medicare Mom attended Game 3 of the 2002 World Series.
Walk along the portwalk that overlooks the bay and you'll see dozen of boats and rafts. In the middle of hoopla is a floating Taco Bell bullseye. If a player from either team hits a home run and it lands on the bullseye on the fly, Taco Bell will give out a free taco to everyone in the country. No lie -- they're prepared to hand out 250 million tacos.

While discussing with Sue and Ken the odds of a ball landing in that exact spot, a Barry Bonds batting practice homer landed 20 feet from the target. A precursor of things to come?

Alyson Footer is a reporter for This story was not subject to approval by Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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