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Could MLB Giants Play One Last Game At Candlestick?

Lacking retractable seats at Candlestick might be an obstacle for the Giants
Candlestick Park will be demolished following the '13 NFL season, but the MLB Giants could have an opportunity for "one more game" there, according to John Shea of the S.F. CHRONICLE. For the Giants to "play an exhibition there, the old yard would need to be standing until late March 2014." Giants President & CEO Larry Baer said, "I don't think it's a likely thing to happen. I'm not even sure logistically we could pull it off. They're going to implode it fairly quickly. We wouldn't try to stand in the way of any of that. Having said that, there are some wonderful baseball memories there. At some point, we'd want to find a way with the 49ers to promote it." Recreating the park's baseball configuration would be "tough with the right-field seats no longer retractable -- equipment that moved the seats hasn't been maintained." It would "cost a ton to retract the seats, but perhaps it's worth revisiting for a last look" (S.F. CHRONICLE, 2/7).

STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN: MLB.com's Paul Post noted the N.Y. Parks & Recreation Department in '11 "launched a $950,000 restoration project" for the John T. Brush Stairway behind the old Polo Grounds, and now the stairway is "scheduled for a 'soft opening' this spring." MLB gave $50,000 to the project, along with "other old Polo Grounds tenants" including the MLB Giants, Yankees, Mets, NFL Jets and NFL Giants (MLB.com, 2/6).
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