SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants may have lost Saturday's game against Oakland, but season-ticket holders left with a good taste in their mouth. These fans were treated to a Picnic in the Park 45 minutes after the last out. As the players left the field, the warning track filled with picnic supplies, and the outfield filled with hungry fans. About 4,000 people enjoyed the chance to lounge or play on the field that their favorite players take every day. There were free beverages and hot dogs for everyone, and the Giants came back out to sign autographs and pose for pictures.
The younger fans looked as though they especially appreciated being on the field. The kids went to town, playing catch in the outfield, practicing pitches on the bullpen mound, perfecting their slides at home and plowing down a giant slide that was inflated in center field. The older fans looked pretty appreciative, too, when they picked up their free drinks and food. Rob Andersen is a veteran park picnicker, with three years of experience under his belt. Andersen and six friends spread blankets and sipped their beverages in left field, taking a more relaxed approach to the picnic. "I probably won't get my face painted, but I'll talk it up and see if I can get one of [my friends] to do it," Andersen said. But 12-year-old Zehya Ornelas didn't miss out on the opportunity, displaying a freshly painted orange hibiscus on her cheek. She was hoping to get an autograph from Eliezer Alfonzo. "Everything looks so much bigger," Ornelas said. "You start to think, how do they ever hit a home run? It looks so far."
Becky Regan is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.