Los Banos on Giants' trophy tour

Charge for viewing going to Seventh Street fields

By Thaddeus Miller / tmiller@losbanosenterprise.comJanuary 10, 2013 

Facebook pages in Los Banos will likely be plastered in February with fans posing with the San Francisco Giants' recent World Series trophies.

The 2010 and 2012 World Series trophies will be on display at the Los Banos Community Center, 645 Seventh St., from 5 to 7 p.m. Feb. 12. This is the second trophy tour in three years, and the first time it's coming to Los Banos. Organizers are asking for a minimum donation of $2, which will benefit the Los Banos Police Activities League.

Nora Ramirez, 40, of Los Banos said she's been a "diehard fan" -- the kind that believes certain pieces of clothing are jinxed while others are lucky -- of the Giants since the 1980s.

"It was exciting to hear they're coming to Los Banos," the police and fire dispatcher said. "It's very cool."

First baseman Will "The Thrill" Clark is her all-time favorite Giant, but catcher "Buster Posey is a strong second," she said.

The focus of the San Francisco 2012 World Championship Trophy Tour is to share the trophies with Giants fans in Junior Giants communities throughout northern California, according to a news release.

"It was really important to us this time, given a second opportunity, to create a trophy tour which allowed us to connect with our fans as well as the more than 20,000 kids who participate in our Junior Giants baseball program," said Larry Baer, Giants president and chief operating officer, in the release.

Los Banos is Giants country, according to Noah Jones, the Los Banos Police Activities League officer. "I think it's a big deal."

"I'm hoping there's a big turnout for this," he said.

Jones sees the tour as a practice run for the ceremony to accompany the $20,000 Junior Giants Buster's Ballfield Makeover, a contest PAL won in September.

Jones thinks exuberant fans from Los Banos could inspire the Giants organization to bring a star to town when they unveil the renovated Seventh Street ballfield.

After receiving the most votes in a Facebook contest, the diamond on Seventh and E streets is due for some new dirt, a reseeding of the field, new paint on adjacent buildings, new bases and refurbished dugouts. Jones said he hasn't gotten word on when the overhaul will begin, but he expects it to be done before the first PAL softball pitch.

"We start using those fields again on March 16," Jones said.

The donations taken during the viewing, Jones said, will go into the other three diamonds on Seventh Street.

Other area communities to see a visit from the trophies are Merced on Feb. 11, Modesto on Feb. 19 and Atwater on Feb. 20. For a complete listing of tour dates, go to www.sfgiants.com/trophy.

Enterprise reporter Thaddeus Miller can be reached at (209) 388-6562 or by email at tmiller@losbanosenterprise.com.

Enterprise reporter Thaddeus Miller can be reached at (209) 388-6562 or by email at tmiller@losbanos enterprise.com.

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