Pinch-Blogging: Jalynne Crawford
I’m jumping in for Brandon today to let you know about something going on this weekend at the ballpark. I’m wondering if you could help us get the word out.
The players’ wives and girlfriends have put together “Player Favorite Things Baskets.’’ We’re auctioning them off tomorrow and Saturday to raise money for three great charities: the Giants Community Fund, The George Mark Children’s House and The Homeless Prenatal Program.
You can see the baskets and bid on them at the Community Clubhouse, which is on the Promenade Level behind home plate. (Half will be auctioned off Friday and half Saturday.) You can make bids through the first three innings of the games. There’s also an online auction (sfgiants.com/gcf through Wednesday, May 28)with experience packages — like lunch with Tim and Kim Hudson, Batboy for a Game, Batting Practice Experience, First Pitch and more.
Here’s what I put in Brandon’s basket: a game-used bat, a signed ball, three signed baseball cards, one men’s and one women’s signed Crawford T- shirts, Junior Mints (my dad surprises Brandon with them when he gets good hits or needs a good hit), some of his fav chocolate, Sun chips (one of his fav chips), Mountain Dew (FAV soda), crossword puzzle book (he loves doing these on his phone before bed, on the plane, in the training room with Javi Lopez while heating sore muscles before games), Hunger Games book, (he enjoys reading but doesn’t have much time anymore and he really enjoyed the movie), Starbucks gift card (loves his caramel macchiato), Cheesecake Factory gift card (one of our fav places to eat but haven’t been in a while). In past baskets I’ve included a Bible, but the store I went to was sold out. With the time constraint I couldn’t go to another place to get one :(
Here’s info on some of the other baskets:
Kristen Posey included a signed baseball, signed game-used batting gloves, two signed baseball cards, signed Giants hat, Dumb and Dumber DVD (Buster’s fav movie), BodyArmor (fav drink), jalapeño chips, Reese’s cup (fav candy) and his fav snack, beef jerky (“We are from the South!’’ Kristen says).
Jessica Morse did something really cool. She put together a regular basket, then she did one that resembles a Giants locker. It has hooks where she hung a signed pair of Mike’s game-worn cleats, a signed jersey and other cool things. Her regular basket has Mike’s fav candy bars (KitKat, Hershey’s, M&Ms), signed ball, signed batting gloves, iTunes gift card, signed baseball cars, a bottle of wine, signed bat, signed hat, an 80’s music CD, Beast Mode apparel from Fresh 22.
Mirna Blanco, Gregor’s wife, said she included signed cleats, signed bats, signed batting gloves, magazines that Gregor likes (car mags and Cosmopolitan!), and PlayStation and Wii games.
Lisa Pilgrim is David Huff’s girlfriend. Her basket has a nice bottle of red wine, signed memorabilia, iTunes gift card, a few of David’s favorite movies such as The Hangover (“He likes so many movies it’s hard to pick. He basically watched everything that comes out,’’ Lisa said), Red Vine licorice and clothes from Lululemon. (Lisa: “He’s obsessed with Lululemon. It’s ridiculous.’’)
Haylee Belt’s basket has a gift card to Olive Garden (of course!), gift card to AMC theatre, Vacation movie set, Red Bull, popcorn, a SF T-shirt, autographed game-used hat, autographed game-used batting gloves, signed baseball and Brandon’s signed pink Mother’s Day cleats.
Ali Bumgarner said her basket has a signed Giants hat, a to-go cup with a straw (a type that Madison loves), a game-used bat, a signed baseball, beef jerky, the movie Taken, an iTunes gift card, signed shirt, signed Jesus Calling Devotional book and a signed Bible.
Nicole Vogelsong must have a big basket to fit all this: signed Marucci bat, signed ball & case, SF Giants 2014 Yearbook, SF Giants Metallica Hat, SF Giants Throw Blanket, #32 Vogelstrong T-shirt, Cal Ripken Book, The Dark Knight Trilogy DVD Set, Hoosiers DVD, For Love of the Game DVD, Alter Bridge CD, King James Backpack Bible, Starbucks Travel Cup, $50 Starbucks Gift Card, $25 Under Armour Card, $25 Outback Steakhouse Gift Card, bag of Reese’s Pieces, bag of Chocolate Goji Berries, 50-pack of SF Giants Golf Tees and a 3-Pack of SF Giants Golf Balls
Hope you can help us get the word out — and maybe bid on a basket yourself! We want to raise as much as we can for these great organizations that help so many people. Thanks!