Some of San Francisco's most die-hard Giants fans, the folks over at Lefty O'Doul's, are gearing up for Game 1 of the World Series by connecting with Royals fans in Kansas City.
O'Doul's is a baseball institution that takes these things seriously. It was opened in the late 1950s by Francis "Lefty" O'Doul -- a San Francisco-born outfielder who played for the Yankees, Giants, Phillies and Dodgers. After he retired as a player, he managed the Pacific Coast League San Francisco Seals for 15 seasons.
OK, those are the bar's baseball bona fides. And like we said, the place has always got Giants fever.
For the 2014 World Series, O'Doul's owner Nick Bovis has set up a live web camera connecting O'Doul's to Walsh's Corner Cocktails, an equally die-hard Kansas City bar. The streaming connection will be up for the entire series, even when games aren't being played, so fans from each city can peek into the world of the other. Walsh's Corner owner Pat Walsh is even sending his daughters to watch the series from a corner booth at O'Doul's dubbed "Walsh's Corner."
"It makes it sort of like we're here together watching the game," Bovis said. "So all the fans over there can badger us over here and we can badger them back."