ON MCCOVEY COVE, Calif. (AP) -- These Giants fans wore life preservers -- and several layers of clothing.
They came by schooner, kayak, surfboard and raft. Some came to party, others hoping to catch a ball. And though they didn't see a single pitch, they were a big part of the World Series scene on a chilly Tuesday night at Pacific Bell Park.
Dozens of boaters and floaters, including one beer-drinking guy on an inflatable yellow dinosaur and three Elvis impersonators on a speed boat, spent the night on the murky gray-green water of McCovey Cove, where Barry Bonds home runs occasionally go splash.
A shirtless David Brandenburger wore bright orange Hawaiian shorts as he zoomed around on jet skis. Despite the weather, which felt much colder on the cove than the game-time temperature of 57 degrees in the stadium, he was prepared to get even colder if a home run ball came his way.
"If a ball comes near me, I'll get wet. The odds of getting a ball out here are a lot better than the 40,000 fans paying $500 apiece," he said. "I'm here to be part of the scene, catch a buzz, catch a ball."
Brandenburger went home disappointed on two counts -- the Giants lost 10-4, and no one hit a ball into the cove. Bonds did hit a long homer, but it went over the center-field wall.
Most of those in McCovey Cove -- not the guys on their surfboards and in wetsuits -- enjoyed Tony Bennett's trademark "I Left My Heart in San Francisco" and stood at attention as he sang "America the Beautiful." Kayakers looked to the sky as Air Force jets streaked by in a flyover
Those in the cove, which is about 10 feet below field level, could not see inside the park. But some were in position to see the giant center-field scoreboard or listen to the PA.
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