giants_db017.jpgSports do not imitate life often — we encounter few folks wearing football helmets, and Giant black-bearded men are usually confined to our nightmares — but political campaigns have been quick to jump on the San Francisco Giants’ winning bandwagon.

Canvassers for state and local ballot measures as well as local candidates have been staples at AT&T Park for Giants home games throughout their World Series run, and campaigns have been working to connect with the voters found in delirious pub crowds, as well.

But some campaigns have taken it a step further.

Debra Walker’s Facebook logo, for instance, is now a baseball, with “Go Debra, Go Giants” written on the perimeter. Assemblyman Tom Ammiano has placed robocalls with a similar “Go Giants, Go Debra,” message, according to a commenter on Walker’s Facebook page (how’s that for attribution?).

Walker competitor Jane Kim has gone Giants-mad, too: a recent newsletter was full of baseball references, and the candidate herself has reached out to voters in area bars during the games. And it’s prime outreach time, according to Sunny Angulo, Kim’s campaign manager.

“Everyone that is normally locked up in their apartments is out and in the streets and feeling ‘like a San Franciscan’,” Angulo said Monday. “I think it’s been really great for Jane – it’s probably been one of the funnest ways to meet voters.”

But does it work? And how far is too far? This reporter remembers all too well the spectacle of John Forbes Kerry donning a fresh-off-the-rack Red Sox hat in the waning weeks of the 2004 presidential campaign, a move that looked painfully contrived.

Walker communications director Christopher D. Cook did not respond to a request for comment, but political consultant David Latterman — who is, the record will show, working for District 6 candidate Theresa Sparks — thinks that incorporating the local sporting club into one’s campaign doesn’t have much of an effect.

“You don’t want to look like you don’t care at all, since it makes you seem out of touch,” he said. But in order to have a true impact, “[campaigns] would need to hit occasional voters who aren’t otherwise interested,” he added.

“A candidate wearing Giants stuff won’t matter to anyone who’s thinking about politics, what would matter is if he or she could target Giants fans who otherwise aren’t engaged.”

Or if the candidate could buy loads of airtime on television, print or radio. Nothing quite complements a GIANTS WIN THE SERIES like a campaign ad, right?

Thus far most of the baseball outreach appears to be limited to District 6 (in which AT&T Park and the Giants’ corporate offices are located), from this reporter’s experiences. That’s not to say that the candidates in District 8 or 10 don’t care about baseball; maybe they just care about… other stuff more.

One more day of this, people. Just one more day.

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  • Greg Dewar

    Matt Gonzalez found a new way to ensure his dying political career is dead – he’s rooting AGAINST OUR GIANTS and for Bush’s Rangers.

    We always knew he was kind of a jerk, I guess this just proves it. if he ever runs for office, let’s just say this factoid won’t play well with, oh I don’t know ANYONE FROM SAN FRANCISCO.

  • Greg Dewar

    Matt Gonzalez found a new way to ensure his dying political career is dead – he’s rooting AGAINST OUR GIANTS and for Bush’s Rangers.

    We always knew he was kind of a jerk, I guess this just proves it. if he ever runs for office, let’s just say this factoid won’t play well with, oh I don’t know ANYONE FROM SAN FRANCISCO.

  • renegade

    Giants UNITE San Francisco. Giants attract REVENUE for San Francisco. None of the mofo candidates do either. Conversely, they divide the city and cost the city a lot of money with their lies and pandering.

    How about the separation of sports and state? Candidates should not meddle with sports, especially all the d-bags running for supervisor. What? They gonna take credit for winning the Series? A-holes.

  • renegade

    Giants UNITE San Francisco. Giants attract REVENUE for San Francisco. None of the mofo candidates do either. Conversely, they divide the city and cost the city a lot of money with their lies and pandering.

    How about the separation of sports and state? Candidates should not meddle with sports, especially all the d-bags running for supervisor. What? They gonna take credit for winning the Series? A-holes.

  • JayDizzletonTheFourth

    I think Edgar Renteria should run for office. Great win by the Giants… Glad they won despite Sabean. Can we vote him out?!

    Another insightful article by Chris Roberts, this kid is a rising star…. Lets elect him to office…

  • JayDizzletonTheFourth

    I think Edgar Renteria should run for office. Great win by the Giants… Glad they won despite Sabean. Can we vote him out?!

    Another insightful article by Chris Roberts, this kid is a rising star…. Lets elect him to office…

  • h. brown

    Greg,

    Matt’s not what you’d call an ‘animated’ fan. We watched Game 3 at the Cohens and he just remarked that he was gonna take the underdog cause we were all rabidly Orange and Black and he’s from Texas and he always works for underdogs in his law practice. More a jest than anything else.

    Good to see that you and this morning’s Chronicle are using my quote. Very interesting that you both realize that he’s likely to be the top Progressive vote getter in next year’s Mayor’s race. Keep in mind that he ran in 2003 as a Green and got more votes from Democrats than Newsom did (Gavin’s margin was the Republican vote).

    I turned to Stefan Cohen with Burrell batting in the 7th and 2 on and said: “You know, if Burrell strikes out and Renteria gets a line drive single, he’s the Series MVP.” We got a big laugh out of it.

    And, Renteria does us one better and homers.

    Go Niners!

    h.

  • h. brown

    Greg,

    Matt’s not what you’d call an ‘animated’ fan. We watched Game 3 at the Cohens and he just remarked that he was gonna take the underdog cause we were all rabidly Orange and Black and he’s from Texas and he always works for underdogs in his law practice. More a jest than anything else.

    Good to see that you and this morning’s Chronicle are using my quote. Very interesting that you both realize that he’s likely to be the top Progressive vote getter in next year’s Mayor’s race. Keep in mind that he ran in 2003 as a Green and got more votes from Democrats than Newsom did (Gavin’s margin was the Republican vote).

    I turned to Stefan Cohen with Burrell batting in the 7th and 2 on and said: “You know, if Burrell strikes out and Renteria gets a line drive single, he’s the Series MVP.” We got a big laugh out of it.

    And, Renteria does us one better and homers.

    Go Niners!

    h.