The San Francisco Giants will treat SF State faculty and students to a display of the three World Series trophies Wednesday at Jack Adams Hall.
The event was created by SF State’s University Advancement department and the Alumni Association, who have a close relationship with the Giants organization, according to SF State Vice President for University Advancement Robert Nava. SF State is the only university to host the trophies on the Giants tour.
“We have a wonderful relationship with the San Francisco Giants,” Nava said. “We have several alumni that are executives and work in the Giants organization that have a great relationship with President Leslie Wong.”
One of the SF State alumni’s that helped make the viewing of the World Series trophies possible was Board of Directors member for the San Francisco Giants Community Fund, John Gumas. Wong and the Chief Executive Officer for the San Francisco Giants, Larry Baer, have become close friends and were also a huge part of making the trophy display occur. The Giants were more than happy to share their success with the SF State community, Gumas said.
“President Wong and Larry Baer created a good relationship,” Gumas said. “That’s how it really started. The Giants are good at sharing success with the community and it only felt logical to bring the trophies to San Francisco State.”
According to Gumas, the Giants funded the trophies to come to campus regardless of the various security and vandalism risks. The campus will provide security for the trophies and will require strict line rules for those baseball fanatics attending the event.
The University announced the 114th Commencement ceremony would take place at AT&T Park earlier this month. This is the first time the ballpark will host any type of commencement.
As SF State accounting major Cassandra Amort said, it only made sense for the trophies to come to campus.
“I think it’s cool that they’re bringing the trophies on campus,” Amort said. “The school is holding the graduation ceremony there this year so it’s a great way to create goodwill and establish a long-term relationship.”
The World Series trophies will be available for viewing from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Jack Adams Hall. All SF State faculty and students will have the opportunity to view and have a picture taken with the trophies.There will be restrictions on how many individuals can enter the hall within an hour, and individuals attending the event will not be allowed to line up before the event time.
“It’s not a normal stop on the Giants tour,” Gumas said. “It is a phenomenal opportunity for students and faculty.”