School visit, glove drive part of Play Ball Weekend

Kids get visit from Giants alumni; Junior Giants benefit from donations

School visit, glove drive part of Play Ball Weekend

SAN FRANCISCO -- It's a big weekend for the Giants' younger fans.

The Giants are observing Play Ball Weekend, a Major League-wide effort to encourage youth involvement in baseball and softball. Activities began Friday at Monroe Elementary School, where former Giants left-handers Jeremy Affeldt and Noah Lowry, along with Giants mascot Lou Seal, participated in a pickup game with students and distributed plastic balls and bats. In all, 10,000 plastic balls and bats are being given to kids at the AT&T Park gates and 13 local elementary schools.

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Additionally, the Giants conducted their annual Junior Giants glove drive Saturday, in which fans donated a new or relatively fresh fielder's glove. More than 15,000 children who play Junior Giants baseball do not own their own glove. Fans participating in the Glove Drive received a Brandon Crawford pin for donating a new or lightly used glove, or by making a $10 contribution.

Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.