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Better seating locations cost more. The Club sections add food service if that's important to you.

I don't care for the lower deck sections down the lines.  I'd rather go up to View Box for a few bucks less and get a better perspective of the field.  Some people like to be close.  It's SF so a lot of people like to walk around for half the game.  Go figure.

The only disadvantage of the current hot streak is that it's driven aftermarket ticket prices up.

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I would have rather seen a full-scale sell off but I think Farhan had a productive deadline.  Trading Melancon's contract ensures they'll stay under the CBT threshold and the extra $14M will will come in handy this off-season.  It was great to get a cromulent prospect for a few months of Drew Pomeranz and a 29 year old MiLB pitcher.  Hopefully, Scooter Gennett is more Scutaro and less Uggla.

A fire sale isn't in the DNA of this franchise and the hot streak made it much harder to justify to the fanbase.  I think management would have pulled the trigger if there was a great offer.  Tellingly, it never got to the point where they discussed Bum waiving his no-trade.  The trade market for rentals didn't seem to be as strong as it's been in years past.  Whatever happens, it'll be nice to have Bum and Smith around for Bochy's swansong. 

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Even though they only improved by four games this year, 2019 was much more enjoyable than the last two seasons.   Their hot streak in July and their record in one run games made it more fun than it probably should have been.  The new leadership brought an urgency with their constant wheeling and dealing.  Not all of them worked out but they got positive contributions from Yastrzemski, Pillar, Solano and Dickerson.  They're probably not long-term pieces but they improved the on-field product and help to instill a mentality that the organization top to bottom was focused on improvement.

The Bochy celebration on Sunday marked the end of an era.  It was always going to be a season of transition with Farhan Zaidi coming in and Bochy leaving.   The new manager and his staff will be Farhan's guys and I expect a bunch of other off-season changes.  There have already been changes to the scouting department and the entire coaching staff has been told to  look for other opportunities.  There's still a lot of money tied up on bad contracts so next year will probably be another run at .500 but there's more reason for optimism.

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Got to go to Tony LaRussa's ARF fundraiser courtesy of my son's Little League this past weekend.  My son is the biggest Buster Posey fan on the planet, and he got to shake his and Bochy's hands, and Posey signed my son's jersey and took some pictures with him.  Got to mingle with Reggie Jackson, Mark McGwire, Dennis Eckersly, and Albert Pujols in the "green room" of the event.  My son got Pujols to sign a baseball, and got his A's hat signed by Eck and McGwire.  Hearing Posey and Bochy talk to each other you can tell they genuinely love each other.  Mark McGwire was a really nice guy, and captivated the kids with baseball stories and made sure to talk individually with each kid and let them tell him their story.  We had a fun time and my son said it was his best day ever.

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