Brian Wilson is now officially everywhere


He’s had his own reality show, worn a wetsuit to an awards show, and even popped up in a Taco Bell commercial.

Now the next place Brian Wilson may end up is in your garden.

In a freakishly awesome giveaway, the Giants are giving a bearded, sunglass- and pointy hat-wearing Brian Wilson garden gnome to the first 20,000 fans at the Saturday, May 20 game against the visiting Oakland A’s.

Like the Giants need help selling out a Saturday interleague game against their cross-bay rivals. Like the Giants need help selling out at all.

2011 set an franchise attendance record at nearly 3.4 million, and the team’s new dynamic pricing scheme means they raked in more money than ever last season. The Giants’ amazing attendance at AT&T Park helped pay the bills for their historic World Series run in 2010. They’ve averaged three million fans in 10 of 12 seasons in their China Basin gem.

So the team really doesn’t need high-profile free giveaways to boost revenue. But the Giants under Larry Baer are a team that takes care of its fans and season ticket holders, with bonuses like extra-special giveaways, theme nights and hopefully more than anything, good baseball.

With only 41 days until pitchers and catchers report to Scottsdale — and tickets for spring training games going on sale starting this week — fans can start to fill in their Giants schedule around freebies like four different bobblehead days, Orange Friday “texting” gloves on May 4 versus Milwaukee, and a miniature replica of the Willie McCovey statue June 3 against the Cubs.


Jesse Garnier
Jesse Garnier is the editor and founder of SFBay. A Mission District native, he also teaches journalism as associate professor at San Francisco State University.

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