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Aplanned three-stop trip to area emergency shelters by Roger Craig and several of his Giants turned into a one-stopper Friday afternoon, but they made their point.
”We want to do what we can,” said left-hander Craig Lefferts, one of the players bused to the Moscone Convention Center in downtown San Francisco, which is doubling as an aid center and shelter for earthquake victims. ”We wanted to provide a good feeling to the community.
”Hopefully, playing will be part of the healing.”
Their appearance, which surprised most of the people at the shelter, brought some applause from adults but squeals from kids, who received gym bags, hats and other souvenirs.
Burt Welsh, 10, who was both homeless and the youngest of the dozens of Red Cross volunteers at the shelter, was beaming.
”I went up to Will Clark,” the boy said, ”and I said, `I`d rather shake your hand than shake the President`s hand.` ”
Pitcher Kelly Downs greeted Terri Watson, who was holding her 11-month- old daughter Hannah, gave them a Giants cap and playfully poked the little girl, trying to make her smile. He succeeded.
”I`ve got one just like that at home,” said Downs.
The other two planned stops, both to shelters in the hard-hit Marina District, were canceled because of the continued crush of activity at the sites. A second day of visits, which had been planned by the Giants, may also be canceled.
Nonetheless, the gesture was welcomed.
”The intended purpose was to pick up the spirits of the children and their families,” said Doug Sandy, a Red Cross volunteer who was shelter manager at the Moscone facility. ”I saw a lot of very happy faces.”
- The Giants worked out for a second day at Candlestick Park while workers continued to make what stadium manager John Lind says are minor repairs to the structure.
Scott Garrelts and Rick Reuschel started in what`s best described as a loose intrasquad game, played in front of a crowd of 23 people, half of them writers, most of those not watching carefully.
Don Robinson, who threw in a squad game Thursday, said Friday his tender knee felt fine. Robinson is scheduled to start for San Francisco when the World Series resumes.
Question of the day: ”Don, do you think the long layoff will affect your hitting?”
- Lind said a backup public address system hookup is being installed. After Tuesday`s quake, a power failure at the stadium left authorities unable to quickly evacuate the structure, and it wasn`t until players left the field that fans began filing out in serious numbers. Up to that point, most people milled around near their seats, uncertain if the game would be played.
- Long lines formed early Friday at Candlestick, but not for World Series ticket refunds-which were available for the first time. The lines were for 20,000 tickets suddenly available for Sunday`s 49ers-Patriots game, which was shifted to nearby Stanford`s larger stadium because of the ongoing repair work at Candlestick. The seats, in a corner of the stadium behind the end zone, were a quick sellout at $25.
The Giants reported only a few refunds at mid-morning, and free-lance buyers-offering slightly more than face value and with larger profits in mind- weren`t having any luck at all.
- Houston Astros officials and some Houston fans are upset about a radio station`s hoax that the earthquake-delayed World Series would be moved to the Astrodome. Fans camped outside the stadium to wait for ticket windows to open. John Lander, a morning personality at radio station KKBQ, broadcast five times between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. Thursday that the series would be moved to Houston and that 20,000 tickets were available.
”From our standpoint, having been out there, it appears to be sick humor,” Astros General Manager Bill Wood said.
KKBQ general manager Al Law apologized on the air.
”We blew it,” he said. ”We sometimes assume because of the nature of our morning show that listeners know we are kidding about everything we do.”