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“Any sports franchise doesn’t want to create boundaries for itself,” Baer said. “Our core mission is to serve the people in our community but there are additional layers we’d like to put on that core mission, for lots of reasons. Players might want to come play for us if they feel that and the team is viewed as a winner and viewed as a strong franchise. We only have 41,000 seats for 81 regular-season games but can we offer people other parts of the Giants?”

Like Willie Mays, for example. The Hall of Famer visited with elementary school children at the Polo Grounds in New York last week _ an effort by San Francisco executives to get the franchise’s longtime fans to convert the next generation into Giants followers, even in big-market New York.

The Giants certainly are going to ride this wave of success for as long as they can.