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San Francisco hosts Game 1 of the World Series

San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy tips his hat during practice for Game 1 of baseball's World Series against the Texas Rangers Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2010, in San Francisco.

October 27, 2010 10:35:15 PM PDT
The Giants and the team's fans kicked off Game 1 of the World Series Wednesday against the Texas Rangers.

Tim Lincecum was the starting pitcher for the Giants and faced off against Ranger's ace Cliff Lee. The Giants 25-man roster will be same as the Division and League Championship Series. The Rangers have added right-hander Mark Lowe to their roster, replacing left-hander Clay Rapada.

Willie Mays, Willie McCovey, Orlando Cepeda, Monte Irvin, Juan Marichal and Gaylord Perry threw out ceremonial first pitches before the series opener. Bobby Thomson's daughters, Megan Armstrong and Nancy Mitchell, will throw out the ceremonial first pitches before Game 2.

As anticipation builds, orange can be seen everywhere in San Francisco. Landmark buildings including the Ferry Building, City Hall and Coit Tower were all lit up in orange Tuesday night.

The Giants' groundskeepers are putting the finishing touches on the field to try to make it perfect for the World Series. Crews have been working 14 hours a day to make conditions ideal, especially with rain in Thursday's game two forecast. The only changes to the field are a set of World Series logos along the first and third base lines, as well as some extra bunting in the stands.

The starting lineups are set for the pre-game singing of the National Anthem for the first few games of the World Series. Major League Baseball has announced soul singer John Legend will sing the Star Spangled Banner Wednesday. Thursday night, country trio Lady Antebellum will perform. For game three in Arlington, Texas pop singer and former American Idol Kelly Clarkson will sing the anthem in her home state.

Tickets are pricey on StubHub ranging from $500 to $15,000. There are a few spots where you can watch the game from outside the stadium for free and peek through the right field fence. Fans were waiting in line early Wednesday morning to get one of those spots.

Some Giants fans are trying to get under the skin of the Texas Rangers players before the game even starts. Lefty O'Doul's, a local bar across the street from the Rangers' hotel, has musicians playing "El Deguello" to try to keep players from getting sleep. It was a bugle call used by the Mexican army during the battle of the Alamo. The bar's manager admits that the walls at the hotel are so thick it won't actually affect the Rangers. He says it's more of a joke. A Texas radio station told its listeners to call the restaurant and the phone has been ringing off the hook all morning.

The trumpet is just part of the crazy fanfare surrounding the World Series. If you want a piece of the action, you can find it just about anywhere, in any fashion. Everywhere you go in San Francisco, you'll run into a Giants fan. And if you're not a fan, you'll soon have Giants fever. People all over the Bay Area are celebrating in their own unique ways.

Fireworks lit up the sky over Golden Gate Park Tuesday night. Nearby, an orange carpet greeted guests at a World Series reception at the California Academy of Sciences. Even though the party welcomed supporters of both teams, there was no question the event was on Giants turf as many guests wore their orange and black. No players were spotted at the party, but there was a Brian Wilson lookalike. If you want to sport a mohawk, similiar to the relief pitcher's, Oxenrose Salon is offering free driveby mohawks or fauxhawks at Union Square this afternoon, from 12 to 2.

Mayor Gavin Newsom and Arlington Mayor Robert Cluck have made a friendly wager on the outcome of the series, both agreeing that the losing city's mayor will travel to the winning city and join the winning city's mayor in a day of support for local youth and community service initiatives, with both mayors wearing the jersey of the World Series Champion team. At one point, Mayor Cluck did say he would be open to having Mayor Newsom wear a big cowboy hat if the Rangers win.

BART will be running extra long trains to help with extra traffic from the game.


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