Giants’ excuse for selling Dodgers gear at Oracle Park sums up disaster season

Thomas Carannante
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 18: Alex Cobb #38 of the San Francisco Giants is relieved by Gabe Kapler #19 during the sixth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Oracle Park on September 18, 2022 in San Francisco, California. The Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the San Francisco Giants 4-3 in 10 innings. (Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 18: Alex Cobb #38 of the San Francisco Giants is relieved by Gabe Kapler #19 during the sixth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Oracle Park on September 18, 2022 in San Francisco, California. The Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the San Francisco Giants 4-3 in 10 innings. (Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images) /
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On top of only scoring five runs in the weekend series against the Los Angeles Dodgers; on top of not selling at the deadline; on top of enduring dramatic event after dramatic event; the San Francisco Giants were caught red-handed selling Dodgers gear at Oracle Park.

Uh … excuse us? Have things gone so south for the Giants that they need to capitalize on the hordes of Dodgers fans that attend games in SF when LA is in town? Tell us 2021 was a fluke season without actually telling us 2021 was a fluke season.

In classic corporate fashion, though, the Giants organization claimed this egregious mishap was nothing more than a “mix-up.” A mix-up? It’s not everyday you see a common mix-up of this magnitude, where a home park/stadium is selling merchandise of their most hated rivals.

Shouldn’t any vendor walking through the Oracle Park gates with Dodgers merch be stopped and turned in the other direction?

Outside of a general MLB store at said ballpark selling every team’s hats, shirts, jerseys, etc., this specific instance slipping through the cracks in the Giants organization seems like a massive, irresponsible oversight.

Why were the Giants selling Dodgers merchandise at Oracle Park?

Here’s the latest from Evan Webeck of The Mercury News:

"“The vendor, Sevynn’s Negro League Apparel, is a subcontractor of the Giants’ concessionaire, Bon Appetit, according to Giants senior vice president of public affairs and community relations Shana Daum. While the stand is “very popular” and typically sells vintage apparel, Daum said, on Saturday it was pictured with various Dodger-branded merchandise.“At least four sweatshirts bearing the Los Angeles logo were for sale between $40 and $100, while a dozen different varieties of caps with logos ranging from Brooklyn to Los Angeles, as well as the San Francisco Seals, were available.“’We’ve spoken to Bon Appetit and have been reassured that selling Dodgers merchandise will not happen again in the future,’ Daum said in a text message.”"

Has the 69-77 campaign thus far really affected everyone so drastically that even folks on the business side of things are starting to lose a hold on their jobs?!

Doesn’t look like all “vintage” apparel! Looks like regular Dodgers hats, sweatshirts and jackets! This vendor was likely just being a bit more shrewd knowing how many LA fans come to Giants series at Oracle and knew he could make a few extra bucks selling the basics.

Perhaps that bad energy cast an omen on the Giants, who were swept yet again by the Dodgers and have spiraled further towards embarrassment.

Next up? Actual Giants fans purchasing Dodgers gear in and around Oracle Park before the end of the 2022 season. Stay tuned for how the final two-plus weeks can be even more devastating for San Francisco.

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