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'Bucks' catches Series fever in San Francisco

'Bucks' catches Series fever in San Francisco

'Bucks' catches Series fever in San Francisco
When the World Series came to San Francisco in 2010, Matt Bradley and friends Tyler Draper and Amardeep Janda were unable to go to either of the two games at AT&T Park. By the time the Giants returned home from Texas, it was for a downtown parade, with the club having won the title in five games.

"We missed it the first time," Bradley said. "We ain't missin' it the second time. Shame on me the first time, but shame on you the second time for not being here."

He said that before the start of Game 2 of the 108th World Series, a game that once again marked the last time the Giants played a home game before returning for a parade. This time, the Giants swept the Tigers, clinching in Detroit and eliminating the need for further action back home.

Fortunately for that trio, they made the most of their experience on that night of Oct. 25. They starred in episode 29 of the hit MLB.com game show "Bucks on the Pond," which was released on Thursday, and then they watched Madison Bumgarner, Hunter Pence and the Giants roll to a 2-0 Series lead.

"Bucks" is hosted by Jeremy Brisiel, and you might be a part of it when you least expect it. Fans at the ballpark interact with MLB.com's studio through the magic of technology in conjunction with game action. In creating a new experience for fans, MLB.com is giving people a chance to earn bucks while they spend bucks at the ballpark.

Contestants are asked a trivia question -- general knowledge and baseball -- on each pitch during a half-inning of play. Get the question correct and win money. Get the question wrong, and it's a strike. Three strikes and you're out.

The questions' difficulty and value increase with the number of outs in the on-field action: $5 easy questions to start, $10 medium-difficulty questions after one out, $20 hard questions after two outs. If the contestant lasts longer than the team's at-bat, they win the bucks in their bank.

Fans are chosen randomly by the "Bucks" crew, and new episodes are being released every Tuesday and Thursday this season. This was the fourth World Series edition of "Bucks," and the second of the Fall Classic at AT&T Park, following episode 26 featuring a quartet of fans also at Game 2.

Draper and Janda are both department supervisors at Home Depot in the Yuba City, Calif., area, and Bradley works for Shell Oil and is based in Chico, Calif. They said they go to about a half-dozen Giants games together during the season, and this was their Fall Classic maiden voyage.

"What's this all about?" was Draper's first reaction when the "Bucks" crew grabbed them after the gates were opened. "I can tell you it's all about fun, baby."

"That's an understatement," Janda said. "I had a great time."

Watch the video and see how well their teamwork helped and how well they paid attention while a World Series crowd buzzed around them.

In addition to the Giants, teams visited by the "Bucks" crew in 2012 include the Astros, Cardinals, Cubs, Marlins, Red Sox, Reds, Royals, Orioles, Tigers, White Sox and Yankees. Bookmark MLB.com/bucks and be on the lookout for the "Bucks" crew at your ballpark.

Mark Newman is enterprise editor of MLB.com. Read and join other baseball fans on his MLB.com community blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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