August 1 marks nine months since the San Francisco Giants baseball team brought home the World Series trophy, which led many to celebrate team black-and-orange–including making a Giants baby, according to a Bay Area sports network.
Almost 300 moms-to-be have entered Comcast SportsNet Bay Area’s World Championship Baby search, which is on the lookout for a baby born closest to 7:54 p.m. on Aug. 1, said CSN Bay Area marketing vice president Tom Pellack. The Giants won the 2010 World Series, beating the Texas Rangers, on Nov. 1 at 7:54 p.m.
CSN Bay Area wanted to find a way to keep the momentum going months later. The marketing and promotions department decided on a contest for pregnant Giants fans who may or may not have conceived their child the night the Giants won the series, Pellack said.
“As soon as you heard this idea, you laughed,” he said.
Moms and dads have until July 31 to enter the contest, which asks for a due date, photo and a story, which many people on the site have used to display their Giants loyalty. Contestants do not have to submit a photo or a biography to officially enter, Pellack said.
The contest started July 5 and rotates through 20 of the contestants and their stories every few days on the official website. Pellack and his team thought they would barely scrape together 10 contestants, but it seems there are hundreds of pregnant Giants fans in the Bay Area.
One contestant, Christine Alday, 31, of South San Francisco, is expected to have her third son on August 23 but was recently told her baby will be coming early, possibly on August 1.
“My doctor and nurses think it’s special that he’s really going to be a Giants baby,” Alday said.
Alday has been a Giants fan her whole life. She grew up in San Francisco and attend El Camino High School in South San Francisco, where she met her husband.
While at the hospital for what she hopes will be her final pregnancy, Alday saw the World Championship Baby promotion during a Giants game on television and decided to enter.
“I’m hoping my family’s grand finale will be a Giants championship baby,” she said.
The lucky family will win an announcement in a local newspaper, a brick at AT&T Park, a gift card for $2,010, and an official certificate signed by the Giants.
On Tuesday, CSN Bay Area is hosting a baby shower for all families-to-be who have entered the contest in front of AT&T Park at Willie Mayes Plaza from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Sasha Lekach, Bay City News