San Francisco's beautiful AT&T Park.
Credit: Warren Alford.
Though everyone had a great time, this was no ordinary afternoon at AT&T Park. The Wilderness Society set up a booth in the Giants’ Community Clubhouse behind home plate to tell people about the Wilderness Act, spread the word about the importance of public lands conservation and inspire people to get into the outdoors.
The game was exciting for several reasons: pitcher Yusmeiro Petit set a major league record for consecutive batters retired; San Francisco notched its third straight win in front of a sellout crowd; and fans got to see a special public service announcement on the Jumbotron in centerfield—two-time all-star Madison Bumgarner talking a bit about his love of the outdoors and asking people to share their own favorite “wild” moments. Watch:
In case you’re not a baseball fan: Bumgarner is a guy to listen to! Earlier this week, he nearly pitched a perfect game, just the latest masterful performance of the season. Bumgarner is one of the most consistent pitchers in the league, and if nature works for him...well, maybe a hike up into the mountains can help you finally develop that four-seam fastball. We make no promises!
Service corps members and The Wilderness Society staff enjoy a Giants victory. Credit: Warren Alford.
The Giants also hosted service corps groups who are working with The Wilderness Society on 50 wilderness restoration projects nationwide in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. One of those “FIFTY for the 50th” projects was working to restore Candlestick Point State Recreation Area, a state park unit popular for windsurfing, fishing, bird watching and sightseeing that lies just to the east of the Giants’ old stadium. Public address announcer Renel Brooks-Moon gave service corps members a shout-out to the cheers of the hometown crowd.
The Wilderness Society is thankful for the team’s hospitality, and for a great day of baseball. Most of all, we are eager to spread the word about wilderness far and wide. Go Giants!