"Bodies fill the fields I see, hungry heroes end..." Umlaut love Metal. Umlaut loves baseball. Metallica are one of my favorite bands. The San Francisco Giants are my favorite team. I've been a Giants fan since I was around 5. I've been a Metallica fan since I was around 17.
If you had said in 1982 that the San Francisco Giants would (1) win not only their first World Series Championship in S.F. but also 3 in 5 years and (2) there would be a Giants game dedicated to Metallica you would have been an insane person... but here we are in 2015 and all of that has come to pass!
The 3rd edition of this "only in San Francisco" event found things more dialed in than the previous games. The Metallica theme was more complete throughout the entire game and also more successful in capturing the vibe of the band. This extended to the marketing campaign leading up to the game which included the launch of the Giants new black alternate home jersey the team will wear at Saturday home games for at least the rest of this season.
Fade to Black! Metallica + San Francisco Giants + Humor = Awesome. More Metal bands (including Metallica) should have a self-deprecating sense of humor. Metal bands are way too serious now.. which makes Metal fans way too serious.. which makes me bored. I'm talking about more stuff like this too:
"... a huge statue of Cthulhu would come out."
Anyway, what makes these Giants / Metallica games even more awesome is I see Metal friends and Baseball friends in a setting that's more casual to chat and shoot the shit than at a gig. We don't have to shout over a PA to hear each other and the food is better. Thankfully some of my best friends are on the same page as me about this game, this team, and this music. Pretty damn cool and so full circle, man.
As at the previous Metallica games, things kicked off with the best rendition of the National Anthem EVER. Here's the official MLB video from the 2013 game:
In years past the go-to Bay Area musician to perform the National Anthem at a Giants game would have been, like, Huey Lewis & the News. They say the heart of Rock & Roll is still beating... and I say fuck that. METAL.
However, one thing that annoyed me at the past Metallica games was that some of the elements that were supposed to give the game a "Metallica theme" were tone deaf... Such as having the stadium's at-bat images of players given "funny" Hair Metal wigs for the night. Is there anything that is completely not Metallica than that?? Thankfully, this year they figured it out and the players' at-bat images were given simple dignity and metalization with the "Metallica font" used for their names instead of silly Photoshopped wigs and hairbands.