Warszawski: Grizzlies' promotion shows force of fans' Giants appreciation

The Fresno BeeJune 2, 2014 

The Grizzlies mascot, Parker, rides in front of the crowd dressed in Jedi garb on Star Wars night at Chukchansi Park Saturday, May 31, 2014.


Enter the Warzone, touching base every Tuesday.

• Pretty shrewd marketing by the Grizzlies scheduling Giants Appreciation Weekend against the team that reportedly wants to swipe their affiliation (the Sacramento River Cats).

But since Saturday was also Star Wars Night, no one is certain if the 12,201 in attendance came out to send a message -- or because they wanted to wield lightsabers.

• Some emailers claim they'll quit going to Grizzlies games if they're no longer a Giants farm team.

Others say they don't care as long as there's still minor-league baseball.

Guess which are real baseball fans.

• The Giants have never put much importance into winning at Triple-A, but that seems to be of little consequence.

In 2010, when the Grizzlies were in first place most of the season, there was no bump in attendance.

The bump came in 2011 -- after the Giants won the World Series.

• The Giants have the best record in the National League, while the A's have the best in the American.

Which team has a better chance of finishing the season that way? Gotta go with the green and gold.

• That Fresno came in dead last in a recent nationwide survey ranking city parks should come as no surprise.

During the city's northward expansion, the only greenery developers and politicians cared about came with Ben Franklin's picture.

• Horse racing fans can hardly wait for Saturday's Belmont Stakes, when California Chrome attempts to become the first Triple Crown winner in 36 years.

That horse sure does stirrup emotions.

• California Chrome signed (well, his human owners did) an endorsement deal with Sketchers, joining Joe Montana and Joe Namath.

Nothing against those guys, but they can't wear two pairs of sneakers at the same time.

• If California Chrome wins the Triple Crown, estimates of his value range from $30 million up to $100 million.

For an initial $10,500 investment, not too shabby.

• Some Fresno State baseball fans are steamed by the Bulldogs' fifth-place finish in the Mountain West (a weak baseball league, let's be honest) and second straight sub-.500 record.

"Does (coach Mike) Batesole think a few individual awards make up for a crappy season?" one wrote. "Recruiting class success? More diversion from failure."

• Bronco Stadium is now Alberston's Stadium after Boise State and the grocer inked a 15-year stadium naming rights deal worth $12.5 million.

Meanwhile, Fresno State has engaged for years in an internal debate over whether selling the name to Bulldog Stadium is a good idea.

Some universities make proactive moves to increase athletic department finances. Others talk about them.

• Once again it's Heat vs. Spurs, the NBA Finals rematch everyone could see coming.

This time, though, it'll be the Spurs in seven.

• Last year, the Heat clinched the title by winning Games 6 and 7 on their home floor.

This year's format is different (2-2-1-1-1 instead of 2-3-2), and the Spurs have homecourt.

That, plus San Antonio's superior depth, will make all the difference.

• Before Donald Sterling opened his mouth, the Clippers were worth $700 million. Now they're worth $2 billion.

Mentally incapacitated? Hmm, maybe not.

• For no particular reason: Nairo Quintana

• Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino has joined dozens of former players suing the NFL over concussions.

Anyone who has seen Marino's TV work knows there have been long-term effects.

• According to the New Jersey Star-Ledger, the Mets ate 103 cheesesteaks April 30 in the visitor's clubhouse at Citizen's Bank Park -- a single-day record.

It's unclear how many were eaten by Bartolo Colon, whose frame and name are ideal for these purposes.

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