10/24/2002 02:16 am ET
'Blackout' in San Francisco
Fans encouraged to wear black to park for Game 5
By Chris Shuttlesworth / MLB.com
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SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants have seen more than their share of seas of red this postseason, at Busch Stadium and Edison Field, where fans deck themselves out in their team's primary color for a striking effect.
San Francisco is countering with its own color-coded spirit -- the oh-so-California "blackout."
Since Game 5 of the National League Championship Series, the Giants have been encouraging fans to wear black to Pacific Bell Park, presumably because it's more menacing -- and easier to do -- than expecting the crowd to make like pumpkins and don all orange.
The video board before Wednesday's Game 4 reminded fans of their duty with messages like "News flash: Blackout in California -- wear black."
The effect is more striking than you might think, with swaths of black sweeping across the bleachers and three levels of the stadium. One look at the merchandise stands shows that black is clearly the preferred color in Giants gear, and most fans own at least one piece of black Giants clothing already.
Of course, the opportunity to add black Giants World Series shirts, hats, jackets and more is responsible for the longer lines at the ballpark than those for hot dogs, beer and restrooms, so save yourself the trouble -- get all the postseason gear you could want right here at MLB.com.
Chris Shuttlesworth is an editorial producer for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.