'Tis the season... baseball season, that is!
Below, we asked our very first San Francisco Giants Host of the Week, Ramon Segovia, the story behind his fandom and why he loved sharing his passion.
Tell us the story of becoming a Giants fan?
The reason I'm a Giants fan has everything to do with my very first Giants game experience. My parents weren't into sports, so it wasn't until high school when I started following teams and players. I kept seeing Barry Bonds and the Giants on my local news and what Bonds was doing on the field was incredible, so I started to pay closer attention to what was happening in the City by the bay. Barry Bonds had been sitting on home run 699 for about a week and I had a feeling that he would be hitting 700 during his first game back from a road trip. It took some convincing, but my parents allowed me to drive to the city with a friend from work to attend my first San Francisco Giants game. Simply driving to San Francisco on my own for the first time was exciting and the closer we got to the stadium, the more excited we got. We entered the ballpark and from the ground floor ramp all the way up to the View Level everyone (and there was A LOT of people) was already chanting Baarryyyyyy! Baaarryyyyyy! We sat in our seats and every time Barry took a swing, you could see the flashes from cameras throughout the stadium. And sure enough, that night he hit #700! It was right then and there when I became a Giants fan and told myself that I had to be at the ballpark every night.
What do you love most about going to Giants games?
The atmosphere, the history and the community. I became a season ticket holder a couple of years ago as I come to around 40 games a year anyway so it made sense. But these days going to the ballpark is an experience. You've got so many different types of food, great fans and the team have done an amazing job of filling the stadium with our history, especially with the Vault. You're always reminded about what makes this team so special and that's great for new and old fans alike.
Why did you sign up to be a host?
I wanted to host because I love sharing my passion with people who are new to the game. Oracle Park is such a beautiful ballpark and it seems crazy that people would come to San Francisco and not go to a game. But hosting adds another layer for the guests and I love helping them have a more local experience than just sitting in the stands wondering what's happening on the field!
Give us a helpful tip that only locals know about when going to a game.
The first beer you have to try (particularly on a summer's day) is the Hell or High Watermelon which is from a local brewery just a couple of blocks away from the stadium and is served with a piece of watermelon. Very refreshing!
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