SAY Kids take the Field with the SF Giants!
On Sunday, July 13th, 2014, San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner tied a league record by hitting his second grand-slam of the season. That same homerun ball landed just feet away from a group of SAY youth, staff, and volunteers, all of whom exploded in cheers as the home team cleared the bases. The Giants would go on to win the game 8-4, but it was what took place before the game even started that made the day truly unforgettable for our youth in attendance.
Thanks to a generous invitation from Bank of America, SAY was able to participate in this year’s SF Giants Kids Take the Field Day along with the LEGACY Youth Project of Napa Valley. Four lucky SAY kids had a once in a lifetime Giants experience: a on-field visit before the game started, where they each took a position beside an SF Giants player. The player gave them a signed ball, a big shout out on the jumbotron, and bragging rights for life.
When we got back to our seats to enjoy the game, their beaming smiles backed up their exciting stories of what happened on the field. Gregor Blanco cracked a joke. Brandon Crawford was quiet and humble. “Did you see when Hunter Pence turned to the crowd and had them cheer for me?!” The game itself even turned out to be a thriller. Two grand-slams, home runs and fouls landing left and right, cheers and jeers from diehards in the stands, and for four lucky young people in SAY’s group: an autographed baseball to treasure at home.