AT&T Park All Dressed Up for the Playoffs

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    The city of San Francisco is getting a giant helping of cosmetic work done in time for the Giants playoff run that starts Thursday.

    By the time the National League Divisional Series kicks off at 6:37 p.m., this town will be more orange than a John Boehner vs. Snooki tanning contest at the Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival.

    A beautiful sight from AT&T Park, where extra flags, bunting, and landscaping are being applied to gussy the place up for its national TV close-up. The Giants have Twitpic'ed a photo of the beautiful NLDS 2010 logo just painted on the grass on the field.

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    The players and the fans are more than ready to play playoff baseball.

    More Giants shenanigans came Wednesday from the Office of Mayor Gavin Newsom. Or, rather, the Twitter account of Mayor Gavin Newsom.

    "Raised the Giants flag over SF City Hall today!" Newsom tweeted, with an accompanying twitpic of that new Giants flag flapping away above One Carlton B. Goodlett Place.

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    Yeah, that Lieutenant Governor campaign is keeping Newsom real busy.

    San Francisco City Hall is, of course, already lit orange in the evenings. SFist reports that City Hall will stay orange-lit in the evenings for the duration of the Giants' post-season.

    Remember, you have to do your own part, too. Thursday is a day of orange-wearing obligation as part of the Giants' Orange October.

    Joe Kukura is a freelance writer who just now learned that "bunting" can refer to something other than the act of tapping a baseball into fair territory.