When walking around the Sonoma State campus it seems as though one is bound to see a handful of San Francisco Giants T-shirts, hats and other accessories. And with the Giants making a late season surge to try and claim the top spot in the National League West from the Los Angeles Dodgers, the black and orange colors will surely begin to dominate the school grounds once again.
About a month ago, there wasn't too much optimism around the Bay Area when the topic of baseball came up. The Giants were five games behind the Dodgers and there were not many signs pointing to the fact that anything was going to change. Fast forward four weeks and the Giants now sit a game and a half behind their counterparts to the south. Buster Posey and Hunter Pence have been blistering hot at the plate with Madison Bumgarner and Jake Peavy providing consistent start after start on the mound.
Senior Connor Thornton said of the Giants recent surge, “Every game has me sitting on the edge of my seat. It’s been exhilarating to watch them go out and fight game in and game out.”
There is no doubt that the Giants have one of the largest fanbases in all of baseball. Fans from across all corners of Northern California cheer on their boys on a day-to-day basis. Mitchell Salas, a student and Sacramento native said, “You see Giants gear all over Sacramento, I know a ton of people that consider themselves diehard fans.”
With such a diverse student body though, it isn't the most surprising thing to see an occasional blue Dodgers hat around campus here and there. Mike Aldrich, a senior who hails from LA, said of his affiliation with the Boys in Blue, “I love wearing Dodgers gear around campus. I’d be lying if I said I didn't get some dirty looks, but it’s all in good fun.”
Being as we are only 50 miles north of “The City” it is no surprise Giants fans dominate the campus. At the gym, in class or even across town, the love that SSU students have for their team is evident. And with the division race being so tight this late in the season the amount of Giants pride will only increase.
Bruce Bochy’s men have 20 games left to play in the regular season, and none will be more important than the six they have left with the Dodgers. For any students that want to shell out the money, the first of those games will take place in San Francisco on Friday as the Dodgers visit AT&T Park to open what will be a very crucial three-game series.