Want a San Francisco Giants World Series ring?
Better get in line.
Like sometime Friday would’ve worked, for good measures.
Fans started showing up as soon as 11 a.m. Friday to wait outside of Chukchansi Park for the replica World Series rings that the Fresno Grizzlies will give away before Saturday’s game against the Tucson Padres. General admission gates open at 6:05 p.m.
Only 2,500 fans (who aren’t season-ticket holders) will receive a ring, which means you’ll need to be among the first 625 fans to enter among the four gate entrances (one entrance along Fulton Mall and three entrances basically along H Street), if each gates receives an equal amount of ring giveaways.
And if past Grizzlies’ promotions serve as any indication, it’s going to be a wild atmosphere before the game as people wrap around Chukchansi Park to get into the ballpark and try to get the limited-edition ring. Fresno does love its freebies, ya know.
Saturday’s giveaway is the same replica ring that the San Francisco Giants gave out to 40,000 fans at AT&T Park during their World Series rings ceremony earlier this month. A quick glance on ebay showed rings selling for roughly $100, with bidding still going on.
“Oh, I’m keeping mine,” said Lemoore resident Jimmy Robbins, who along with wife Patty was the first in line for the ring. “Probably going to wear mine a few times.
“To camp out for something like this, I’ve never done it before. But it’s that important. I love the Giants. Been a Giants fan forever. Everybody and their brother is going to be here for this. We wanted to make sure we got one.”
And don’t try to show up at the gate with five tickets and try to get five rings all for yourself. The Grizzlies front office has made it clear that it’s one ring per person who is present with a ticket — not one ring per ticket.
Fewer than 1,000 tickets remained as of Friday evening.
There was a line of about 30 people along H Street on Friday.
The Robbins couple sat in the sun throughout 80-degree day, with an umbrella attached to their chairs and a cooler filled with sandwiches and drinks. They also brought long folding chairs to sleep in. Another family set up a dome tent in line for sleeping arrangements.
The Robbins family made plans a week ago to wait early for the World Series rings after Jimmy saw the ring in person from one of his friends.
“I knew I needed to get one after that,” Jimmy said.
Added Patty: “It’s been fun. We’re meeting nice people. I’ve been on my Kindle for a little bit, played a little Bluegrass music. It’ll be worth it.”
Wade Mason, a Fresno resident and a longtime Giants fan, thought he’d be the first in line when he showed up with this folding lawn chair Friday afternoon — only to discover three others already were in line before him, including the Robbins couple.
Mason was toughing out the wait on his own, though he said his wife was dropping him off dinner later Friday night.
“If people knew how nice their rings were, there’d probably be an even longer line already,” Mason said. “They’re that nice. Feels like you’ve won the World Series.”
There is another way to ensure you receive a replica ring and future promotional giveaways as well, without waiting it line.
That requires becoming a single-ticket holder, for either the entire season or half of the season. The cheapest half-season plan costs $252.
The replica rings reserved for season-ticket holders are not among the 2,500 promotion items awarded to fans entering through the general admission. So no need to freak out if you’re in the general admission line and see season-ticket holders celebrating. You’ll just have to wait it out.
Season-ticket holders are allowed to enter the stadium at 5:05 p.m. and VIPs can enter at 5:35 p.m.
“The real fun is in waiting and anticipating,” Patty Robbins said. “It’s very exciting.”