Of all the major sporting events held each year, attending the World Series is near the top on most sports fans’ bucket lists.
The crisp autumn air, the red, white and blue bunting, the sea of color in the home team’s park – all make the century-old October tradition the ultimate baseball fan experience.
The first World Series
In 1903, modern baseball’s first annual championship was played between the Boston Americans and Pittsburg Pirates.
Held to bring the National League and the newly formed American League together, the first World Series was held with Boston coming out the victor, winning five games to three.
The following year, the owner of the the National League’s New York Giants refused to compete with the Boston Americans because he considered the American League and the Americans to be inferior.
Since that time, the World Series has occurred every year except 1994, when the post-season championship was cancelled due to an ongoing strike by the Major League Baseball Players Association.
World Series 2014 Game 3: San Francisco vs. Kansas City
Following the first two games of the 2014 series in Kansas City, where the Giants picked up the game 1 win & Kansas City the 2nd, the teams moved west to San Francisco’s AT&T Park, which the San Francisco Giants have called home since 2000.
Located in the South Beach area of San Francisco next to the bay, AT&T Park is a beautiful ballpark with stunning views and a design that celebrates historic ball parks.
San Francisco, in their third World Series in five years, was ready and waiting for the Series and the world to pay a visit.
Hotels were packed, fans were decked out in orange, and restaurants held watch parties for those not lucky enough to score a ticket, as World Series fever permeated the city by the bay.
Speaking of tickets – we had two and the opportunity to capture a World Series game in all its glory.
Who goes to a World Series game?
Sure, the stars and the wealthy attend because it’s the place to be that night.
But, for the most part, it’s the diehard fans that are there to participate along with their teams in taking on the sole remaining opponent with hopes of bringing home the championship trophy.
Baseball fans are a passionate group. They are statistic-obsessed and will argue about even the smallest element of the game. They hold on to hope even when they are down at the bottom of the eighth because, in baseball, any team can make a comeback up to the very last out.
My biggest moment was winning the World Series because everyone in my town was able to feel he was a world champion.”
– Johnny Bench, Cincinnati Reds from 1967 to 1983, Member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame
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AT&T Park sits next to the San Francisco bay, with the area just beyond the right field wall referred to as McCovey Cove.
Named after famed Giant first baseman, Wille McCovey, boaters and kayakers float in McCovey Cove during Giants games in hopes of nabbing a home run ball hit into the cove.
Better yet – procuring a splash hit – defined by the Giants as as “home runs hit by the Giants that land in McCovey Cove on the fly without hitting the Arcade or Portwalk.” Splash hits are actually tracked on the Giants website (as if there was a baseball statistic that wasn’t tracked).
But, this was the big leagues – the potential of a World Series home run – brought a new level of excitement for those hopefuls in the Cove vying for a post-season souvenir.
Royals take game three 3-2 win to take World Series lead
Despite the best efforts of the Giants and the 43,020 fans in attendance (ok, maybe a few hundred were Royals fans), it wasn’t meant to be for San Francisco at game 3 with the Royals beating the Giants 3-2 to take a 2-1 World Series lead.
But, as Yogi Berra famously stated, “It ain’t over ’til it’s over.” The San Francisco Giants ultimately came back and won the 110th edition of the World Series in game 7 in Kansas City.