Urban: Giants Fans Take Over at PETCO

September 10, 2010, 4:36 am
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Sept. 9, 2010


SAN DIEGO -- Are you sure this is Southern California? Petco Park?Felt an awful lot like AT&T on Thursday while the Giants pantsed the Padres in front of what was supposed to be a San Diego home crowd.Granted, San Diegos fans didnt have much to cheer about. Andres Torres put them on silent mode like a cell phone with his leadoff triple in the top of the first; Freddy Sanchez gave Matt Cain a quick 1-0 lead by following Torres rocket with a bullet single up the middle; and a steady stream of home runs made Cains dominance, which would have been enough to mute even the most vociferous Yankee Stadium crowd, almost seem like overkill.But good Lord, did the Orange and Black Faithful come strong. So one-sided was the crowd noise in San Franciscos favor that you had to wonder if (a) there are a lot more Bay Area transplants down here than you can possibly imagine, or (b) Giants fans travel as well as the football fans at Wisconsin, University of Texas and Penn State combined.There were indications even before the game that the Giants were going to enjoy a neutral-site vibe at worst. The rows behind the visitors dugout were absolutely jammed with men, women and children offering impassioned support for their boys in grey, begging Tim Lincecum for autographs (he obliged), begging Pablo Sandoval to snap out of his road funk (he didnt) and generally making it clear that their collection of voices would be heard all night.And heard they were. Virtually every 10 minutes or so there was a big hit, a nice defensive play or a pitch from Cain so dirty it should have come with a tub of baby wipes. A fine and very loud time was had by all.If the intention was to set a tone, consider it done. Well done.