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Watch McCovey Cove Dave lose two baseballs during Giants-Rangers game

Watch McCovey Cove Dave lose two baseballs during Giants-Rangers game

Global pandemic or not, some Giants fans refuse to give up one of the organization's most unique traditions.

A group of fans has continued taking kayaks out into McCovey Cove, just over the right-field wall at Oracle Park, hoping to snag one of the elusive splash hits off the bat of a Giants slugger.

However, even if the home run comes off the bat of an opponent like Texas Rangers outfielder Shin-Soo Choo, fans will go to great lengths to secure the ball.

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You can see one of the Giants' more prominent fans, McCovey Cove Dave, jump (or more accurately slide) out of his kayak in an effort to secure Choo's two-run home run. Not only does he not get the home run ball from Choo, but another ball that slips out of Dave's kayak ended up in the hands of a female fan.

As you can see from Dave's Twitter account Sunday, social distancing did not seem to be a priority for those who flocked to McCovey Cove for the final time before a 10-game road trip.

Nevertheless, it's good to see Giants fans trying to make the most of the 2020 season, one in which no fans will be admitted to any MLB games as the league tries to mitigate the spread of coronavirus.

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Giants vs. Rangers live stream: How to watch MLB games online, on TV

Giants vs. Rangers live stream: How to watch MLB games online, on TV

The Giants host the Texas Rangers for a three-game series beginning Friday night at Oracle Park.

Most recently, the Giants (3-4) lost two out of three games to the San Diego Padres, falling Thursday night in extra innings after a spirited comeback fell short. The Rangers (2-3) are coming off a split of a brief two-game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Here's how you can watch the Giants play the Rangers online (download the MyTeams app here!) and on TV:

Friday, July 31

When: Giants Pregame Live at 5:30 p.m. PT -- First pitch at 6:10 p.m. PT
TV: NBC Sports Bay Area
Stream: MyTeams app

Saturday, Aug. 1

When: Giants Pregame Live at 5:30 p.m. PT -- First pitch at 6:10 p.m. PT
TV: NBC Sports Bay Area
Stream: MyTeams app

Sunday, Aug. 2

When: Giants Pregame Live at 12:30 p.m. PT -- First pitch at 1:05 p.m. PT
TV: NBC Sports Bay Area
Stream: MyTeams app

Dodgers fan cutout gets second-row seat for Giants' 2020 home opener

Dodgers fan cutout gets second-row seat for Giants' 2020 home opener

We know there are a lot of Los Angeles transplants in San Francisco, but this is a bit ridiculous.

A Dodgers fan took advantage of the Giants' cardboard cutout program, and had one placed in a really, really expensive seat at Oracle Park.

With fans not allowed in big league stadiums, the Giants became the first team to offer fans a chance to purchase a cardboard cutout and have an image of them printed on it. The cost was $99. Other teams, including the Oakland A's copied the idea soon after the Giants announced their plan.

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The Giants just wrapped up a four-game series with the rival Dodgers in Los Angeles where they managed to pull off an improbable split with the National League favorites.

Whoever this Dodgers fan is, it takes real dedication to give the rival $99 of your hard-earned money to put a cardboard cutout in their ballpark.

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While I don't applaud a cardboard cutout of a Dodgers fan in Oracle Park, I have to applaud this specific Dodgers fan for going to this great length.