In the hope/expectation that Peter Finch talked about Mays Field on the KFOG morning news (note--now expected on Monday, Feb. 13) , welcome!
What can you do, you might ask?
1. You can join the googlegroups mailing list so we have a way of reaching you (and you have a way of reaching others) as we plot and conjure
2. You can comment on this post with your ideas about how to keep building a tidal wave of people's enthusiasm for, and use of, Mays Field instead of Another Tawdry Telco Park.
3. You can sign the petition (click on button at right), of course, and get your friends to sign it...and their friends...and so forth
4. You can buy a t-shirt or six. We're trying to raise a kitty to build a huge Mays Field banner that can be tugged over the field during games.
5. You can read Jonathan Rowe's wonderful blog essay called Willie Mays or AT&T. If that doesn't get you going, check your pulse. Here's how it starts:
Before Elvis, before the Beatles, way before Michael Jordan, there was Willie Mays....
I was asked for a comment on the name change by the Oakland Trib. and here's what I said:
"It's really a braindead decision, bad for baseball, bad for fans, bad for
the Giants and bad, even, for AT&T, though that's obviously not my first
concern. They had an opportunity and they blew it. They could have linked
their brand with something that people actually care about, something that
actually has something to do with baseball, a name that means wonderful
things to Giants fans and San Franciscans. Instead, they went with the same
old same old. Everyone despises the big telcos, or at best thinks of them as
necessary evils. Now, in San Francisco at least, it will be worse. People
will think of AT&T as the wicked witch from Houston that wouldn't listen and
doesn't really give a damn about what people think.
I think there's some good news here though. What we, the proverbial people,
call the park is up to us. Maybe we've planted a seed that will take root.
Maybe dads and moms will say to their kids, "Let's go to Mays Field for a
game today," and a whole generation will grow up calling the park by its
rightful name. I know mine will. We're not going to let this drop and any
chance to embarrass ATT will be gleefully taken advantage of. I'm looking
forward to a biplane with banner flyover during a game and everyone getting up and
chanting Mays Field."
We have not yet begun to fight!