Willie McCovey and Larry Baer on Chronicle Live
Let's get on the field and AT&T park and bring in the president and CEO Larry Baer. Along with a hall of Famer Willie McCovey. Larry I'll start with you fourth annual junior giant stretch drive this has been so great but what does it meant to the community can get now promoting baseball for the kids. I jam. It's a lot of it means a whole lives and have Willie attached to it makes it that much more special. Over 20000. Kids in from underserved communities around that around our region are able play baseball thanks to junior Giants. And the stretch drive is our big annual campaign to try to get everybody involved. This year we have a day a special benefit. Fifty dollar contribution and you get a Buster Posey Bobble head. And then there's contribution levels above including and honored -- 4400 dollars and the rumor as you get a McCovey Jersey for 4400 dollars autograph not that -- Wall that is a deal actually and I know you can go to JR Giants dot org. For a lot more information on this particular program but it starts on the 28 that goes through July 1 so Willie. I wanna ask you just how important is it to you. To have your name attached to this very successful program at the Giants have been doing with the community and for the kids. Well it means a lot to me and I'm very excited that Larry -- ultimate -- and ask me that the anticipated and it's because. You know it means a lot to me to raise funds for the do you guys because I know how much it is. But -- -- -- you know -- bonds food get the equipment and get the baseball bills and they use the play on. I know what our -- I didn't have things like that so I'm excited that I can help raise money to help help to do to guys. And Larry when you look at his program the fourth annual junior giant stretch drive you know it's been successful. Any time they continues along the way. Pebble when you look at this what was the Genesis of it where was the beginnings of this and how did you guys come up with the idea that you needed to do something to have your great fans become more -- these communities. Well you know Jim and I really four years ago we have annual fund raisers for the Giants to -- 85 and where the proceeds go to the junior Giants have the play ball actually had -- -- -- and -- in Willie's been involved in those. But we thought you know what do we do during the season where fans are watching the games and get them the broader fan involved. And again it's not we we love the big contributions for the fifty dollar contribution. Or less -- allow everybody get involved in four years ago we said to ourselves who's the perfect representative. Of Giants baseball and all the Giants baseball in junior Giants baseball needs to people and it's Willie McCovey. Who is perhaps the most beloved giant of the mall. Certainly in San Francisco Giants history he is -- he's up there as I've probably number one. And we have the Willie Mac award that symbolizes. Contribution. On the field and in the clubhouse every year. I'm most inspirational giant and that's it Willie's name so Willie was a perfect person to. You he connected with that had to put his name on it and he gladly agreed to do it for years ago it's been a -- program last year. How we set a record over 280000. Dollars went to junior Giants -- result of this stretch drive. So thank you stretch and that it's been it's been a wonderful wonderful run and we just look around look to build it every year. And Willie you know when you look at this last -- I was lucky enough to be a part of some of the crew from Comcast sports net who came out to a ballgame and answered some phones. -- those very fun nights and a lot of fans still wanna get involved. With the Giants organization and help in the kids but I know you also help out and enlisting some other former -- it's great to see the current Giants do in this. But there are always some former Giants they get involved in -- last he was involved and we had -- blew out here. Any chance for -- some good maybe some other guys what they think about a program like this of your former teammates maybe. Well you know every year we set a goal of how much we want parades. Let's yet think it was 280000. So we shoot for 300000 this year. So we wanted to solve. -- -- we do it is to reach that goal so what they did they voted bust supposedly healthy so vocal hook does look. So I got a good pitch the other -- helped me out this year. None drama that everybody needs some help but you've got play any other I know the Giants fans it just. You know community people all round I gonna wanna be a part of this again JR Giants dot org that's for you go to get information. It all gets -- 128 through July the first and Larry before let you go I know you guys also had -- the very unique out there. It's called Super Tuesday make sure you vote for your Giants let everyone know it's Giants fans are supposed to do over the next up 48 hours. Well you know what did you go when you can vote -- only go to the go to vote either out on mobile application. Or through the Internet. On you're on your computer. If you go vote up to twenty -- up to 25 times on any registered email. He had so we have a situation now -- aware that -- by the way the voting ends on Thursday. In a situation where Melky Cabrera if the really if the balloting ended today Melky Cabrera will be one of the outfielders the National League. Buster Posey would be the starting catcher. And we think that we have a chance to gave Pablo and which would be fantastic. So we are encouraging the -- we're calling it Super Tuesday we have those of you were coming to the ballpark. Tonight we have actually had an area on the prominent level we can go vote on computer -- is doing on him all what you do from homer year traveling going out to dinner watch in the game tonight he can do it while you watching the game on your on your hand held. He had -- we're really proud of the San Cisco fans our understanding is that they Giants in Milwaukee a 12. Five Texas I think in baseball. 123. And have the three teams in terms of most votes by the fans in the all star ballot if they get have a ballot for the fans you might as well be out there at the top of the list than. Our fans who are so tremendous are are really coming coming through for the Giants and I think it means a lot to the players that do that well it. All you have -- I've always enjoyed played in the all star game. Hey Willie how much can you sense these these fans. Really helped this organization and his team reach another level just how great the fans to the players. Well fans means a whole lot you know we sell out every night them that bad really is does that help. And I'm sure that's what they'll be in Boston are believed in the -- because of these great fans. Blog guys thanks very much -- the milk -- right here I got. Hash tag vote Melky hash tag -- panda hash tags Bowe buster they're going to be doing it over the next 48 hour test next Super Tuesday Larry Baer. Willie McCovey thank you so much for your time and again the let's say JR Giants dot org for all the information just fifty dollars. Get to that awesome Buster Posey Bobble head. And 440 dollars that all star donor Larry you're right the autograph Willie McCovey Jersey. That's the way to go my friend that's the way to go all right guys thanks very much for joining us.
Hall-of-Famer Willie McCovey and Giants President & CEO Larry Baer promote the Junior Giants Stretch Drive on Chronicle Live