Fans walk on the field as they enjoy FanFest festivities. (Photo: Mac/Third Street Kings)
A reported 36,000 fans attended FanFest this year and the lines proved it: the line to enter had reached Pier 48 by 9 a.m. The lines were unorganized by the time the gates had opened and it seemed like a free-for-all to enter.
The autograph lines were long, as was expected. It was an ever-rotating set of Giants who sat at booths and food stalls signing for fans.
The Amici’s Q&A stage proved to be more entertaining in the first hour. Duane Kuiper, Mike Krukow, and Jon Miller were at the 10 a.m. panel and they shared stories of ballparks and bus shenanigans.
One story that was relayed was the tale of the bus breaking down between the Denver airport and Coors Field. And who else but Madison Bumgarner would hop off the bus and check the engine? The young lefty pitcher tinkered with the engine, then told the driver the bus was ready to go. “This one’s on me,” Bumgarner had said.
Afterward, the team was polled on which player they would go on a roadtrip with. The answer was, of course, Bumgarner.
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