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.