San Francisco Giants fans donate money to fly ‘Beat LA’ banner at Opening Day 

In the tradition of fueling one of the greatest baseball rivalries of all time, those who bleed orange and black can always rely on the simple two-word phrase meant to break every Los Angeles Dodgers heart in existence:

“Beat L.A.!”

So when a group of mystery men pitched the idea of raising funds for a “Beat L.A.” World Series-title banner to fly over Dodger Stadium on Opening Day, donations from loyal fans streamed in.

In just two months, a San Francisco-based online group called Faithful Supporters of The World Champion San Francisco Giants boasts having raised more than $8,000 to remind the Southern California franchise that its longtime rival up north is indeed champion.

The three men who gave birth to the “diabolical yet beautiful” ploy said they didn’t want to take credit for an idea meant to be shared with all Giants fans. The trio’s organizer — who asked that his name not be used — told The San Francisco Examiner that he and his pals were taken aback by the amount of attention the banner ploy ended up generating.

After launching the online project nearly two months ago, the flying-banner gambit has gone viral via social media websites and blogs. The trio has since been contacted for TV and radio interviews from various media outlets, none of which ever took off, the project organizer said.

He said the group received its first donation Jan. 10 and now has more than enough to cover the cost of creating the banner and paying for a plane to fly it over Dodger Stadium. Those in attendance for today’s season opener can expect the 75-foot-by-50 banner to fly over Chavez Ravine for about an hour and 20 minutes.

The banner also will make appearances at the Saturday and Sunday games, the organizer said.

Of the some 275 donors listed, a few are local politicians. Current mayoral candidate and former Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier said she is related to two of the people involved in the project.

“We’ve been laughing about this thing for months,” she said.

Alioto-Pier, a lifelong Giants fan, found the cause worthy and amusing, and she donated “a whopping $100.”

“It’s exactly the kind of city spirit we need,” the fifth-generation San Franciscan said. “We’re such die-hard Giants fans.”

Just a reminder

- Approximate cost of banner: $6,500
- Measurements: 75 feet long, 50 feet high
- Slogan: “SF Giants 2010 Champs: Beat LA”
- Donations: About 275
- First donation: Jan. 10

For donations or general information, visit Leftover proceeds will go the Junior Giants, according to the organizers.


Giants vs. Dodgers

When: Today, 5 p.m.
Where: Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles
Radio: KNBR (680 AM)

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