Getting Autographs at San Francisco Giants Games

By: T.C.

On the final day of my work trip, I was able to finish up early and decided to head over to AT&T park to snag some ‘graphs as players entered the stadium.  On the advice of a cool SCN ( member I knew that the visiting players entered next to the Giants Dugout store, which is where I went to hang out.  When I arrived around 2:30 pm, there were about 10 or 15 other ‘graphers there.  Most of them were really cool and two in particular (Nick and Jerry) were really helpful.  I was able to snag quite a few players as they were entering the stadium, including Chase Headley, Jerry Hairston, Chris Young, Kevin Kouzmanoff, Justin Hampson, Sean Kazmar, and even Hall of Famer Jerry Coleman. 

Inside the stadium, the ‘graphing was a bit tougher.  None of the players came over to sign during BP.  The only ‘graph I got was Glenn Hoffman (who is coaching for the Padres).  I had an opportunity to get Vida Blue (he was signing for the first 100 fans in line), but I passed it up for a chance to get Jake Peavy and Trevor Hoffman (which didn’t pan out).  In retrospect, that was a bad call.  I guess I forgot the old adage that a bird in hand is worth two in the bush!

Overall, my impression of AT&T park was that it’s a very cool place to see a game.  If you’re ever in San Francisco, you should certainly make a trip there.  The wide variety of choices for food and souveniers also add to the stadium experience.  You should also bring a jacket, because the wind coming off of the bay makes it very chilly.  When you get cold and hungry at the game, I highly recommend the chili in a sourdough bread bowl with some Ghirardelli hot chocolate! 

Of the stadiums I’ve been to, AT&T park reminds me the most of Cincinnati’s Great American Ballpark.  The seating areas between the foul poles go up extremely high, with the outfield walls being very low.  It makes for a very scenic view from the upper deck. 

To see where to go for ‘graphs, see the diagram below.


3 Responses to “Getting Autographs at San Francisco Giants Games”

  1. 1 scott February 13, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    Thanks for the info. Do you know anything about getting autographs of Giants players either before or after the game outside of the park?

  2. 2 tcismenotu February 14, 2009 at 1:56 pm

    Most of the Giants players go in the players’ parking lot, which is located on the opposite side of the stadium out past the left field foul pole. I’m not sure how many of them sign over there, but they would probably have to roll the window down in their car to sign. Some of the Giants (especially younger ones that take cabs or walk to the game) go in the visitor entrance.

  3. 3 emma August 2, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    how early should i get to a 7:15 game if i want to get autographs as they enter the stadium?

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