Following Wednesday night’s victory over the Detroit Tigers in the first game of the World Series, the Giants are back at AT&T Park this evening for Game 2.
Tonight’s home game, with Madison Bumgarner taking the mound for the Giants, will be dedicated to veterans and military families. Marine Cpl. Nicholas Kimmel will throw the first pitch before the game starts at 5:07 p.m.
Kimmel lost both of his legs and his left arm while on his second tour of duty in Afghanistan.
A special pre-game ceremony will honor World War II-era baseball veterans who served, including Hall of Famer Bobby Doerr, 94, and Hall of Fame managers and broadcasters including Bay Area native 88-year-old Jerry Coleman, a former New York Yankee and broadcaster.
A teenager from the Peninsula also has a special place on tonight’s program.
Clarissa Fong, 16, a member of the Boys and Girls Clubs of North San Mateo County, and unit director Isaac Devalos, known for wearing his Giants gear to work every day, will walk the game ball to the mound.
Fong, a junior at South San Francisco High School, was chosen for the task because she is a leader at the club, and plays softball, piano, ukulele and drums all while keeping up with her schoolwork–plus she’s a Giants fan, according to the club’s executive director Sharon Dolan.
Her favorite ball player is Giants catcher Buster Posey.
According to Dolan, Fong is a little nervous, especially with so many people watching, but overall she’s ecstatic and excited to attend the game.
Tonight’s national anthem will be performed by “Glee” star Matthew Morrison, who plays teacher Will Schuester on the musical TV show.
As of late this morning, Stub Hub had about 1,400 tickets left for tonight’s game for between $540 and $9,000. Tickets were also being sold on Craigslist.
Sasha Lekach, Bay City News