The San Francisco Giants reported to AT&T Park Sunday to board a bus for the airport. They are Kansas City bound.
"We're beyond thrilled," Giants fan, Janet Kunze said smiling. Her husband, John, said they'll be going to the home games next week, but won't go to Kansas City. "No, no, no! Only home, Kunze said emphatically. "I could never go there. That's enemy territory!"
A check of tickets on StubHub showed tickets to games in K.C. starting at $288. That's a bargain compared to Giants home game World Series prices. StubHub shows those are going for as much as $625 right now.
The Dugout at AT&T Park is doing brisk World Series gear business, even among non-Giants fans.
"Twins and Brewers fans, but we're here," Minnesotan Terry Kieffer declared while holding up a Giants adult sweatsuit onesie. Kieffer used to play AA ball for St. Louis. "Kind of a diehard St. Louis fan too," he said.
"I have to go home to my St. Louis buddies, so I have to hide a shirt I'm going to give to my son that's gonna say 'San Francisco' on it!"
On Sunday afternoon, in the shadow of AT&T Park, kids played baseball at the Junior Giants Field. Both the fielding and hitting teams sported Giants gear.
The roles were a little reversed. A boy wearing a "Posey" jersey pitched and another with "Lincicum" on his back played catcher. "Going to the World Series, that is a whole different thing," 12-year old Rowan said right before hitting a grand slam home run.
Fans are anxious to start the series. "We have no business being here but here we are," Kunze said. "Just like the last two times. It's awesome!"
You can catch all the games on KTVU. The Giants and Royals get underway Tuesday in Kansas City just after 5 p.m. Tuesday. Game 2 is Wednesday in K.C., then Friday the series heads home to AT&T Park for game 3.
A person was killed in a solo vehicle crash near Novato Sunday morning, Novato police said.
Novato police officers and firefighters responded to a report of a car crash in the 800 block of Atherton Avenue, east of U.S. Highway 101, around 8:30 a.m.
The driver was found dead inside the car and was the sole occupant, police said.
It appears the driver drove off the roadway and crashed into a tree, according to police.
The Marin County coroner's office was called to the scene and the driver's identity has not been released pending notification of next of kin.
It could be a game changer and could make credit cards obsolete down the road.
On Monday, Apple will launch Apple Pay which is a new, and some experts say, better way to pay with your smartphone without fumbling through your wallet. It can't be used with older versions of iPhones, only on the new iPhone 6 and newer versions of iPads.
Many people heading into the Apple store in Los Gatos Sunday knew very little about Apple Pay or how it worked. Apple announced the program last Thursday touting it as a more convenient way to pay.
Users can put their credit card information in the iPhone’s Passbook app, go to any store that accepts Apple Pay, point their phone at the reader. It then scans it and users are good to go.
According to Rob Enderle, principal analyst of technology research firm Enderle Group, it's more secure than credit cards.
“You are going to recognize you've lost your phone a lot more quickly if you lost a credit card,” said Enderle. “You could wrap the phone with security.”
Enderle said if someone loses his or her phone, that person can notify the banks just like people do now with credit cards. He is also not too concerned about privacy with Apple.
“I know a lot of folks are concerned but seriously a lot of times when you use your credit card, people know you used it,” said Enderle.
Some people said they are willing to try it out.
“If that payment aspect is something friendly enough, safe enough, secure enough,” said Danny Lee of San Jose. “I wouldn't mind doing it.”
Yet for others, it will take time for them to trust Apple Pay.
“It just seems like every day, every week there's another hack,” said Judi Carollo of Los Gatos.
“Maybe in a year or two, it’s something people are going to be using but right now I will sit on the sidelines and just wait and see,” said Gus Elfar of Campbell.
Visa, American Express and MasterCard are all on board with Apple Pay as well as many retailers like McDonald’s and Macy’s. To use it, iPhone 6 users will have to upgrade to Apple's new operating system. The update will be available Monday.
A woman suffered minor burns in a one-alarm apartment fire in Pleasant Hill Sunday afternoon, a fire official said.
Firefighters responded to a report of the fire in the 2100 block of Geary Road shortly after 4 p.m., Contra Costa County Fire Protection District Fire Marshal Robert Marshall said.
A second alarm response was called for but was quickly canceled, according to a dispatcher.
The blaze at the two-story building was under control around 4:25 p.m., Marshall said.
Once fire crews knocked down the fire, they searched through the building and located the woman in a unit involved in the blaze, according to Marshall.
She was transported to a hospital for minor burns to her legs and smoke inhalation, he said.
The fire was caused by unattended cooking in a kitchen in the same unit where the woman was found, Marshall said.
A Central California beach outing has turned into a mystery after a bottle turned up with an invitation to a party in Hawaii — four years ago.
David Wilson of Nipomo says he and his family went to Shell Beach on Sunday to fish but it was too rough.
Wilson lost his sandal to a wave, but it brought him something else. While feeling for the shoe, he found a plastic bottle sealed with a cork. Inside was a tattered piece of paper dated 2010 from Maui.
It appears to be a hand-written invitation to a birthday party from a little girl named Safina. Her mother's name is Kim and their last name may be Woodstocker.
KEYT-TV says there were phone numbers on the paper but they've been disconnected.
Tim Lincecum walked silently through the bustling clubhouse before Saturday's workout and stuck his left arm straight out as he passed Jean Machi's locker, offering a friendly fist bump to the reliever.
No words necessary.
Lincecum, so far an unused reliever this postseason, is doing everything he can to stay involved in the San Francisco Giants' latest World Series run after he was such an important part of the previous two.
Ask anybody, and it's a little bit freaky not seeing The Freak on that familiar October stage. A two-time NL Cy Young Award winner relegated to the back of the bullpen.
Lincecum hasn't pitched since Sept. 28, though he has thrown warmup tosses and kept his routine to ensure he's ready for his next chance — and manager Bruce Bochy hinted he very much expects to use the right-hander against the Royals.
"I'm just trying to keep that flow in my emotional state, as well," Lincecum said. "Just kind of stay positive and just take every day for what it is. Every day in the playoffs is pretty special."
Even if he's left watching and waiting for his turn.
Lincecum pitched the 2010 Game 5 World Series clincher at Texas. In 2012, he moved to the bullpen for the playoffs and emerged as a reliable reliever when San Francisco won another title.
After landing a new $35 million, two-year deal last October, Lincecum tossed his second no-hitter in less than a year June 25 against San Diego. He went 12-9 with a 4.74 ERA in 26 starts, ending a run of three straight years with a losing record.
His teammates understand this can't be easy for the guy once nicknamed "Franchise."
"I do everything I can do to encourage him on a daily basis because at some point in time (his) number could be called and it's going to be in a big spot. It's the World Series now," said Jake Peavy, the Game 2 World Series starter. "We believe in Timmy Lincecum. He's done amazing things, he's as big-time as anybody and has had tremendous playoff starts as a starter, tremendous playoff experience out of the bullpen."
The Giants' 10th overall draft pick in 2006 and was in the big leagues by the following May, Lincecum lost his rotation spot in late August and was replaced by Yusmeiro Petit. Lincecum won his last two outings pitching out of the bullpen, including his 100th career victory Sept. 25 against the Padres.
Even Bochy considers Lincecum, knowing how much he wants to contribute — and how much Bochy wants him to get that opportunity, when the moment is right.
In the NL Division Series and NLCS, Lincecum was the only player on the 25-man roster not used.
"He's just an unbelievable teammate, he's so selfless that it inspires each and every one of us," right fielder Hunter Pence said. "He's also a big-game pitcher. He has that flair for the spectacular. You've seen it with two no-hitters where he lifts us up through some of our tough times and you've seen it in the postseason. "
Lincecum didn't even enter the 18-inning Game 2 division series win at Washington. Bochy said he would have used him but plans changed once the Giants took the lead.
"Timmy's done a lot for us, I'll start with that," Bochy said. "When you get in the postseason, there is probably going to be a guy, maybe two who doesn't get a lot of work, but that doesn't mean he might not play a key role. ... I think about Timmy, trust me, the fact he hasn't been in there because I haven't forgotten what he's done or what he could do for us. So far it's worked out well. But still, I'd like to get him to be part of it."
Lincecum is still among the fan favorites, and that was evident when a long line of people waiting to see him weaved around a corner and down the hallway for FanFest at AT&T Park last Feb. 1.
When the 2013 season ended, Linecum wasn't sure he would even be back in orange and black. Instead of testing free agency, he stuck with the only team he has known and the comfort of remaining in a place he belongs and knows so well.
"I feel great," Lincecum said. "It's just about staying that way. ... I don't think there's any way to kind of lose it at this time of the year. Everybody's kind of, whatever's left in the tank you're going to pour it on that field whenever you get a chance. I just try to be myself, keep a light mood. Along with that grind, we celebrate our small accomplishments."