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Giants to put cardboard photo cutouts of fans in stands at Oracle Park


Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports that the San Francisco Giants sent a letter to season-ticket holders last night informing them that they can submit an image of themselves to be part of the “Giants Fan Cutout Program” which “allows you to be at Oracle Park even when you’re home watching the game.”

Which is to say, cardboard cutouts with fans’ photos pasted on them. Which will be free, sort of, for season ticket holders and will be a pay-for-it thing for other people:

According to the email, season-ticket holders can submit an image that will be placed in the seats during home games, giving the appearance at least that the seats are not empty. It’s unclear if the program will extend beyond season-ticket holders, but the email does mention that it’s a paid program that will be complimentary to season ticket holders who choose to receive an account credit, indicating it will be available to others.

Elsewhere online people who got the email are saying the Giants are charging $99 for non-season ticket holders who want to do it. Which, well, OK, if you want to spend your $99 that way I’m not going to stop you. There are better things to spend a Benjamin, but there are probably a lot of worse ways too.


Doubleheader between Cardinals and Tigers postponed

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A doubleheader between the St. Louis Cardinals and Detroit Tigers this week is being postponed to allow more time for additional COVID-19 testing.

MLB opted to postpone Thursday’s doubleheader to continue additional testing while players and staff are quarantined before the team returns to play. More details about the Cardinals’ resumption of play will be announced later this week.

The Cardinals had a series against Pittsburgh set to start on Monday postponed after a weekend series against the Cubs was scrapped due to three positive coronavirus tests.

St. Louis had two more players and a staff member test positive for the virus on Friday and have had eight positive players overall, including star catcher Yadier Molina.

There have now been 29 games postponed by Major League Baseball because of coronavirus concerns. The Cardinals have not played since July 30 and have had 15 games scrapped.

Miami and Philadelphia each had seven games postponed earlier and have returned to the field since the disruptions.


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