Some Northstate baseball fans were among the 47,000 people who crowded AT&T Park Wednesday night for Game 1 of the World Series. The Giants hosted the Tigers. Giants fans left the park happy after San Francisco won the game by a final of 8-3.
For some young fans it was more than a baseball game, it was a chance to witness baseball history. Some parents from Chico and Redding took their children out of school to make the trip to San Francisco for the game.
Nick Pappas, a junior from U-Prep in Redding, said he left school Wednesday after first period.
“When the Giants clinched the playoffs my dad said, ‘We're going to the World Series,’" said Pappas. “I said, ‘Yeah, I know.’ And he said, ‘No, seriously we are.'”
Nick and his parents told the school. But his mother Debbie Pappas still wondered if she and her husband were being responsible parents.
“Well, in some respects, no. I do have guilt because of that,” said Debbie Pappas. “But he's a really good student. And we regretted not doing this in 2010, so we decided this is the year and we decided we were going to make this right.”
Nick wasn’t the only Northstate high school student trading in text books for a score book.
Morey Marshall and Clayton Schuler left class at Chico High School after first period. Clayton’s father had box seats from his company.
“It's really cool,” said Clayton. “It's a different atmosphere than any other game of the season. Everyone is pulling for the Giants. The whole stadium is packed with people.”
His father Keith Schuler said it’s an opportunity for good father-son bonding.
“It takes me back,” said Keith Schuler. “I started going to Giants' games with my grandfather. So it's been a lot of fun. And this is such a great place to bring your kids to.”
Morey Marshall said back in Chico, some teachers didn’t like the idea, but not for the reason you might think.
“One of my teachers is mad at me because I’m going and he’s not,” said Marshall.
Tickets were selling on Stub Hub for between $330 and $7,800. There could be several more opportunities for Giants fans to take in a World Series game. Game 2 is Thursday night at 5:07 p.m. PT.
With the Giants facing a tough Tigers lineup, the series could go six or seven games, which would bring the series back to San Francisco.
Fans already witnessed history in Game 1. Giants' 3rd baseman Pablo Sandoval became the only fourth player in baseball history to hit three home runs in a World Series game. The only other players to accomplish that are Babe Ruth, Reggie Jackson and Albert Pujols.