Wednesday, April 02, 2008

The strange life of an SF Giants publicist

It can't be easy being a PR person for the Giants these days, particularly with fans probably not willing to buy into the "Gamer" campaign when the first reactions to the team so far from are these:

-- It's obvious that this is a terrible team, far worse than when Bonds was on it.
-- The first thing that people notice when they come to the ballpark is that it's as if Bonds never played there. Even a dingbat as stupid as the Chronicle's Bruce Jenkins couldn't help but notice.

So it's not without some small amount of pity that I witness Staci Slaughter's pathetic attempt to spin and lie her way around the second point in a letter to the Chronicle, which ran Sunday --

Editor - We were extremely disappointed to read the recent assertions by two Chronicle columnists that the Giants are somehow attempting to erase the memory of Barry Bonds from our ballpark. In fact, quite the opposite is true. The only things that were removed from the ballpark were the items that were relevant to Barry as an active Giants player.
All of the plaques and markers that recognize his historic achievements and contributions remain on permanent display in and around the ballpark. This includes seven of the 14 plaques in the Giants History Walk and his seven MVP awards, along with the other Giants who won the honor (Jeff Kent, Kevin Mitchell, Willie McCovey and Willie Mays). On Opening Day, we will unveil a plaque on the right-centerfield brick wall marking his record-breaking home run. Additionally, Barry Bonds is prominently featured in our 50th Anniversary displays around the ballpark and on the cover of our media guide - which highlights some of the Giants greats over the past 50 years.
The contributions of Barry Bonds to our club and our community can never be erased in the minds of the millions of fans who witnessed all that he achieved in a Giants uniform over 15 seasons.
- Staci Slaughter, Senior Vice President of Communications, San Francisco Giants
This article appeared on page D - 2 of the San Francisco Chronicle

My snarky response -- if you're obsessed with looking for evidence that Bonds played at Mays Field, I'm sure you can indeed find it if you look hard enough, just like you can probably find evidence that Kenny Lofton, Jeffrey Hammonds, David Bell, Russ Davis, Jose Cruz Jr., and Edgardo Alfonzo played there too. This is all sort of the heighth of irony, given Bruce Jenkins' unending apologies for Brian Sabean's incompetence, that the Giants are now reduced to attacking him, too.


Anonymous Dan said...

You left out Darryl Strawberry....

1:51 AM  

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