Currently the World Champions of Major League Baseball, the Giants have a long history of honoring many of the Bay Area’s diverse cultures. They have their annual Irish American Night, the Native American Heritage Night, the Jewish Heritage Night, and others. They sponsor “Until There’s a Cure Day” for AIDS research, the “Strike Out Violence Day, and their unbelievable “Junior Giants” glove drive program that benefits over 20,000 Northern California kids. The Giants embraced the Grateful Dead Nation early on, and just last season the team celebrated Jerry Garcia’s 70th birthday with a special game night attended by the Dead’s Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, and Jerry’s family.

Bring on Metallica on Friday!

The Bay Area’s thrash metal giant Metallica is on top of the world, and the band will be on top of the pitcher’s mound at this Friday night’s game to sing the national anthem and throw out the first pitch. What we know for sure at this writing is that Metallica’s lead singer James Hetfield, lead guitarist Kirk Hammett, drummer Lars Ulrich, and bass player Robert Trujillo will be on hand for this important Friday night game against the Dodgers. Does that scare you a bit? James will be singing the anthem, and there may be something special for the 7th inning stretch. Whatever it is, the Giants are in BAM’s “Hall of Fame” for offering such wonderful Bay Area diversity at their home baseball games.