The Giants' World Series games against the Detroit Tigers last week in San Francisco were the hottest tickets in town, but while most Californians couldn’t get seats unless they were willing to pay brokers highly inflated prices, the state’s elected officials were given special access to buy premium tickets from the ballclub.
That explained why Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom was sitting in the premium field club seats for Game 1 on Wednesday, where he got to see Pablo Sandoval hit three home runs. The special arrangement for elected officials allowed him to buy two tickets for $535 each, which an aide said was face value.
Gov. Jerry Brown and state Attorney Gen. Kamala Harris attended Game 2 on Thursday night, with Brown tweeting a picture from his seat with the message "Great Night in San Francisco."
"The governor attended Game 2 of the World Series with the first lady,'' said spokesman Evan Westrup in an email. "The two tickets were purchased at full face value from the Giants.''
Ditto for Harris, an aide said. On Sunday, after the Giants won the 4th and deciding game in Detroit, Brown tweeted from California, "Congratulations to California's San Francisco Giants!''
No doubt several elected officials will be in San Francisco on Wednesday. That is when the city celebrates the title with a ticker-tape parade down Market Street for the world champions.
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Photo: Members of the Giants celebrate their victory over the Tigers in Game 4 of the World Series in Detroit on Sunday. Credit: Paul Kitagaki Jr/Sacramento Bee/MCT