Sonoma County Giants fans among the 42,982 packed into AT&T Park Thursday hoped for a second straight win by the team and got it, but not before enduring the anxiety of 'Bay Area torture ball.'


Sonoma County fans root on their Giants

  • Shannon Clay, left and Sally Tuley of Santa Rosa attend their first World Series, between the San Francisco Giants and the Detroit Tigers, Wednesday Oct. 25, 2012 in San Francisco. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2012

Brotherly love put Shannon Clay of Santa Rosa in a field-level box seat for the second game of the World Series at AT&T Park on Thursday night.

"I'm excited. It's beyond my wildest dreams," said Clay, 47, a self-proclaimed "gamer babe" who took the day off from her job as executive director of a Sebastopol-area rehabilitation center.

Like most of the 42,982 fans packed into the ballpark by the Bay, Clay hoped for a second straight win by the team in orange and black. And she got it, a 2-0 victory, but not before enduring the anxiety of what she called "Bay Area torture ball."

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"We were so anxious for somebody to do something," she said.

Walking back to the car, Clay felt almost deaf after all the fan noise in the stadium, but she described the experience as fantastic.

"The energy was just amazing," she said. "It's much different than a regular game."

It was Clay's first experience at a Giants postseason game, and she savored immersion in the mass mania.

Her ticket came courtesy of her brother, season ticketholder Josh Chase of Santa Rosa, and she sat 16 rows behind the Giants bullpen with his girlfriend, Sally Tuley, 37, of Santa Rosa.

Clay brought along a sign that said, "We <font style="color:red; font-size:1.2em">♥</font> Kruk and Kuip," referring to Comcast SportsNet broadcasters Mike Krukow and Duane Kuiper.

"We'll see what Fox does with it," she wisecracked, referring to the TV network airing the 108th Fall Classic.

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