Only five games left. After the 49ers’ 34-3 win over the Texans last night, the only home dates remaining are against the Cardinals (10/13), Panthers (11/10), Rams (12/1), Seahawks (12/8) and Falcons (12/23).
***This week we’re giving you a chance to win two tickets to see the 49ers face the Cardinals.***
We’ll be running contest posts today, Tuesday and Wednesday. To enter for a chance to win two tickets (Lower East Stands Sec. 47 — face value $74 each but we paid a bit more than that) for Sunday’s game, comment in any or all of the contest posts. Each post you comment on counts as one entry.
The winner will also receive a voucher good for a Large Pizza from Amici’s East Coast Pizzeria. You can pick up a pizza to bring to the game for tailgate grubbing purposes, grab a pie after the game when you’re tired and hungry, or get your free pizza whenever you choose.
Free Niners tickets, free pizza — and all you have to do is show a little love to The Stick.
Today, in the spirit of wishing goodbye, we’re asking you to tell us your favorite memory of Candlestick Park. It could be a 49ers playoff game, a Giants game where you earned a “Croix de Candlestick” pin, or that time when your hat got blown off in the parking lot and you had to sprint 100 yards to retrieve it. Despite the horrible baseball weather and how difficult it can be to exit the place after a game, The Stick is a place that will always be remembered — even after it’s torn down and replaced with cookie-cutter condos or whatever they end up putting in there.
If I was eligible to win this contest, I’d have a hard time narrowing this down to one memory (feel free to comment multiple times, but as stated earlier you can only enter one time per post), but here’s what comes to mind when I think of the stadium where I’ve been attending games for over 25 years.
— The first professional sporting event I attended was a game between the Giants and Cubs I went to with my dad on July 18, 1987 (LOL BASG iz old). It was a 9-2 win for the Giants, who got home runs from Robby Thompson and Bob Brenly. The losing pitcher that day? Greg Maddux, who gave up six runs in two innings. Atlee Hammaker pitched a complete game.
— Dave Dravecky’s comeback game (Aug. 10, 1989). We had upper box seats behind home plate and I can still picture him watching him walk off the field after the top of the eighth inning to a standing ovation, one of many on the day. According to callers on KNBR about 200,000 people attended that game, but I swear I was there.
— My first 49ers game wasn’t quite as fun for the hometown crowd — a 40-8 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Oct. 2, 1994. Steve Young was pulled from that game early, and he responded by famously cursing out George Seifert on the sideline. The 49ers would go on to win 10 straight and 13 of their final 14 games en route to their fifth Super Bowl victory (my dad and I attended one more game that season, a 50-14 win over the Atlanta Falcons).
— Catching my first foul ball, a lazy opposite field pop fly near the visitors’ bullpen hit by Willie McGee during batting practice.
— Catching my first foul ball during a game, a wicked liner off the bat of Jeff Kent that hit a seat four rows behind us that I caught on the ricochet during a weeknight game against the Expos (barely anyone was in our lower box section, and the seats probably cost about $18 each).
— My sister and I decided on a whim to catch a Wednesday afternoon game on our way home from visiting friends in Davis. We sat in the right-center bleachers, and Kent ended the game with an opposite-field home run under the family pavilion in the 11th. I jumped out of the bleachers and ran underneath the stands to find Kent’s home run, as a security employee yelled at me to get out of there. I ignored their orders, and after leaving without the ball (I couldn’t find it after searching for a couple minutes), I was told I was getting kicked out of the stadium. A guard said, “Don’t worry about it, just walk with me to the exit so they think I’m kicking you out,” so I followed his instructions. Good times.
— Donte Whitner ending Pierre Thomas’ day prematurely before anyone called him “Hitner.” Alex Smith following Joe Staley down the left sideline. Smith firing a pass to Vernon Davis at the goal-line on 3rd-and-4 from the Saints’ 14-yard-line. Bedlam.
But that’s more than enough from me; let us know your favorite Candlestick memory and you could get a chance to attend Sunday’s game, along with a free pizza from Amici’s!