Giants' Clinching Game To Be Shown on the Big Screen

Friday, Oct 29, 2010  |  Updated 5:00 PM PDT
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Giants' Clinching Game To Be Shown on the Big Screen

Photo: Steve Rhodes on Flickr

A big screen will be set up Sunday or Monday to watch the Giants' game if they are in a position to clinch, much like the set up of the World Cup matches. Photo: Steve Rhodes on Flickr

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San Francisco Giants' fever is going to spill out into the streets.

If the San Francisco Giants have a chance to clinch the World  Series Sunday or Monday, people will be able to watch the game on a large  video screen at Civic Center Plaza.

The Giants hosted the Texas Rangers in the first two games of the  best-of-7 series this week and won both games. The teams will now play in  Arlington, Texas for Games 3 and 4 on Saturday and Sunday, and if necessary,  Game 5 on Monday.

Mayor Gavin Newsom's spokesman Tony Winnicker said city officials sought to  show Saturday's Game 3 on a jumbo screen at Civic Center Plaza, similar to  how more than a dozen World Cup soccer games were shown there over the  summer.

Fox, which controls the broadcast rights to the World Series,  would not let the City show Game 3, but the network will allow the City to  show a clinching game if it happens Sunday and/or Monday while the Giants are  still on the road, Winnicker said.

He encouraged people not watching Saturday's Game 3 at home to go  to a bar or restaurant in the City to watch the game "and support their local  small businesses."
     
Winnicker was extremely careful not to jinx the Giants by  discussing the viewing of a potential clinching game at Civic Center Plaza  before the team reaches that point.

The viewing will happen "if we're lucky enough to be in a  situation where the Giants could clinch," he said. "I can't stress enough how  much we don't want to get ahead of ourselves here."

If the Giants cannot clinch the series by Monday, they would  return to San Francisco for Game 6 on Wednesday, and if necessary, a Game 7  on Thursday. Neither of those games would be shown at Civic Center Plaza.

Game 3 is scheduled for 3:57 p.m. on Saturday, and Game 4 is  scheduled for 5:20 p.m. Sunday.
 

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