I was at my web site the other day, trying to get motivated to do some file maintenance. I noticed that it’s been two years since I last updated the links information so I thought it would be fun to take a look at them and see what has changed at the Giants sites since December 2003.
Previous Comment: This site is very popular. Each day there are a myriad of topics to talk about.
Bring up Merkin....Are We Platooning?....Maybe Linden is that guy....I'm disgusted....Where can I get some garlic fries....Reverse Mojo Team.
The regulars at the message board at the Giants official site will recognize these as some of the many current topics available for discussion. This board remains one of the most popular places Giants fan go to. News junkies get fed with topics every five minutes or so. Rants, raves, the latest breaking news, it's all here.
Previous comment: One of the best baseball community sites. Lots of topics and passionate discussions.
Awards are given to players, managers, GMs, broadcasters, writers, and on down the line. But what about the fans?
In some cases, teams recognize fans for attendance at the games. But what about on-line? How would you record fan performance?
Sites like the SF Dugout track things like this. Some of the regulars have really made a name for themselves and it can be fun having these familiar names as part of the experience.
This site is still very active and has good thread discipline.
Previous comment: Lively and spirited discussions about the Giants.
Ah, the heady days of news:alt.sports.baseball.sf-giants. It was Giants Central.
A huge plus with google groups is their archives. I had a lot of fun poking around the older postings and looking at the archives chart.
For Giants fans, it has been great to see the blossoming of Grant at McCovey Chronicles into one of the best bloggers around. I also enjoy Lefty and Across the Seams as well as several others. Don’t know how we stack up against the other teams but there is some excellent blogging of the Giants.
Previous comment: Eric Ding, a Giants fan in Boston, is your point of contact. I like this discussion group. You get a feel for the personalities of the posters as you do with web logs and there’s a true sense of community with a civility sorely lacking elsewhere in Cyberspace. These are caring and knowledgeable Giants’ fans who go to the games and have their pulse on what is happening with the team.
In its prime, the Giants mailing list put out 5 or 10 messages a day during the season and sometimes more. The hail to Morris and farewell to JT sparked a recent flurry of emails but things have slowed down the past year.
Previous Comment: Join Mary and the gang for weekly (Wednesdays at 6 p.m. PST) chats. They also send out an informative weekly newsletter. I especially enjoy reading about the status of ex-Giants. Mary is a real nice gal. Please give her my regards.
The link says “You don’t access to this site.” I don’t know if they are still active. AOL does have a Giants discussion board.
Previous comment: In the July/August 2000 issue of GIANTS magazine, the Giants recognized my site and four other fan’s websites. EEEEEE!, Valerie’s San Francisco Giants Fans Page, Russell’s Barry Bonds Page and Sarah’s J.T. Snow Page. Of these five, four (all except the Bonds page) are alive and kicking. Congrats to these folks for their continued hard work and labors of love.
Previous comment: I have problems downloading from their site. And do they have a Listen link?? What’s up guys??
XM Satellite Radio is da’ bomb now.
If you ever want to have some fun, venture over to the Internet Archive Wayback Machine and put in sfgiants.com. This will take you to the Giants official site from as far back as 1996. It was known then as the Giants Virtual Dugout.
New York Giants
Previous Comment: Forgotten New York is a nostalgic look back "to the NYC that once was." On my first look, I didn't see anything on the Giants per se, but this is a great way to find out about the subways that once transported Giants fans to and fro' the Polo Grounds.
This site is still quite active. They also now have a blog. Fun site to browse through.
Baseball Fever (Teams of Yesteryear)
This is a nice mixture of nostalgia, oral history and posting of scanned material. You could learn a lot about the New York Giants here, a lot of good insight.
“Where’s the Giants memorabilia?”
That poignant question was asked several years ago by a New York Giants fan who took a trip to Cooperstown and found a bunch of blue stuff in the Main Street memorabilia shops but pitiful few orange and black.
The question leads to similar comparisons. At the Baseball Fever site, the Brooklyn Dodgers’ fan club boasts ove 1400 threads. The Giants have 248.
At the Gotham site, a fan picks up on the topic by observing:
Too often when people wax poetic about the Golden Age of baseball in this town, the baseball Giants get lost in the mix.
A good discussion ensued, worth checking out. The Baseball Fever gang may have discussed it but I did not research it.
The Giants-Dodgers rivalry was once the fiercest in all of baseball. But time and circumstance have mellowed the two sides. In fact, the two sets of fans are now rubbing shoulders at the Baseball Fever site and this website that I discovered a few weeks ago. In addition to the Dodger topics, there is a link for New York Giants discussions. It is similar to Baseball Fever with scans of photos and baseball cards. Some of the photos are rare and really fun to look at.
New Since Dec 2003
When the Giants moved from the original Polo Grounds in 1888, franchise owner John Day had the good sense to keep the name for the new park. In 1911, when Polo Grounds III burned down, owner John T Brush wanted to name it Brush Stadium. Polo Grounds prevailed and ended up being the name from 1883 to 1963.
The current ballpark is on the brink of a third name since 2000. Fans hate the changes and rightfully so. One fan did something about it and came up with this website. Be sure to visit and sign the petition.
What Will Take Place in the Next Two Years?
Blogging and boards will continue to rock. It will be interesting to see how much video and audio blogging get going.
What I’d Like to See
A lot of blogs have 10 font size. That is too small. CTRL Scroll does work sometimes to make the font size larger but not all. I’d like to see a bigger standard font size for all websites and also the width of the column is important. Too wide makes it harder to read.