Synopses & Reviews
Most San Francisco Giants fans have taken in a game or two at AT&T Park, have seen highlights of Willie Mays basket catch on YouTube, and were thrilled by the teams World Series wins in 2010 and 2012, but even the die-hards—those who remember which pitcher started the first home game in San Franciscos history, have attended a spring training game at Scottsdale Stadium, or know how many home runs Barry Bonds hit into McCovey Cove during his record-setting career—will appreciate this ultimate resource guide for true fans of the San Francisco Giants. For both boosters from the days of Bobby Thomson and recent supporters of Bruce Bochy, Matt Cain, and Buster Posey, these are the 100 things all fans need to know and do in their lifetime. Longtime sportswriter Bill Chastain has collected every essential piece of Giants knowledge and trivia, as well as must-do activities, and ranks them from 1 to 100, providing an entertaining and easy-to-follow checklist that leads the way to achieving fan superstardom. This updated World Series edition features the Giants' unforgettable 2012 season, including Cains perfect game, Poseys MVP season, and the team's comeback playoff triumphs before sweeping Detroit.
About the Author
Bill Chastain began his journalism career as a freelance writer shortly after graduating from Georgia Tech in 1979. Some of the more notable publications where his stories have appeared over the years include: Razor Magazine, Nation's Business, SPORT Magazine, and Inside Sports. Chastain worked as a sports reporter for The St. Petersburg Times and The St. Petersburg Evening Independent before going to The Tampa Tribune in 1990, where he worked for twelve years as a columnist and sports reporter. While with the Tribune he also served as a correspondent for Sports Illustrated. He is the author of Payne at Pinehurst: The Greatest U.S. Open Ever; Purpose and Passion: Bobby Pruett and the Marshall Years; Steel Dynasty: The Team that Changed the NFL; Peachtree Corvette Club; September Nights: Chasing the Beasts of the American League East; Jackrabbit: The Story of Clint Castleberry and the Improbable 1942 Georgia Tech Football Season; Hack's 191: Hack Wilson and His Incredible 1930 Season; and The Steve Spurrier Story: From Heisman to Head Ball Coach. Currently he covers Major League Baseball's Tampa Bay Rays for MLB.com.