SAN JOSE, Calif -- The San Jose Giants and Comcast have joined forces to bring fans a schedule of 21 LIVE television broadcasts during the 2013 season, including the California-Carolina League All-Star Game at Municipal Stadium. The games can be viewed live on Comcast Hometown Network (Digital Channel 104) throughout most Northern California regions. The broadcast schedule begins with the home opener, Thursday, April 11 against the Visalia Rawhide at 7 P.M..
"The San Jose Giants are extremely excited to partner with Comcast Hometown Network for our fifth consecutive season to not only broadcast 20 San Jose Giants games, but also the California-Carolina League All-Star Game," said Juliana Paoli, San Jose Giants Chief Marketing Officer. "We are thrilled that so many fans will get the opportunity to enjoy the fun and excitement of San Jose Giants Baseball as our games will reach over two million homes throughout Northern California."
After the initial live broadcast, all games will be available for cable customers to view anytime through Comcast On Demand Channel 1. All San Jose Giants television broadcasts will feature the play-by-play of "The Voice of the Giants," Joe Ritzo and the color commentary of Joe Castellano. Ritzo has been calling San Jose Giants games since 2003 while Castellano, a 20-year veteran of the industry, has broadcasted a variety of sports for networks such as NBC, MLB Network and Comcast.
"The partnership between Comcast Hometown Network and the San Jose Giants will once again allow our viewers to see top prospects in the San Francisco Giants organization," said Jeff Giles, General Manager of Comcast Hometown Network. "With another action-packed season, including the California-Carolina League All-Star Game, we are looking forward to capturing all of the drama and excitement from Municipal Stadium."
Highlights of the schedule include San Jose's home opener on April 11, Homecoming Night on April 24 versus the Modesto Nuts and an Independence Day telecast on July 4 against the Visalia Rawhide. Popular theme nights at the ballpark, including Breast Cancer Awareness Night on June 28 and A Giant Luau on Aug. 9 against the 2012 California League Champion Lancaster JetHawks will also be televised. The California-Carolina League All-Star Game will take place on Tuesday, June 18 with the first pitch scheduled for 7:35 PM. In addition to the game broadcast, Comcast Hometown Network will provide pregame and postgame coverage of this event. Fans will also have the opportunity to watch 16 matchups this season against San Jose Giants' North Division rivals.
The following is Comcast Hometown Network's San Jose Giants baseball telecast schedule for the 2013 season:
Date Opponent Time
Thursday, April 11 Visalia Rawhide 7 P.M.
Friday, April 12 Visalia Rawhide 7 P.M.
Wednesday, April 24 Modesto Nuts 7 P.M.
Wednesday, May 1 Bakersfield Blaze 7 P.M.
Friday, May 3 Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 7 P.M.
Friday, May 10 High Desert Mavericks 7 P.M.
Friday, May 31 Stockton Ports 7 P.M.
Friday, June 7 Lancaster JetHawks 7 P.M.
Saturday, June 8 Lancaster JetHawks 5 P.M.
Tuesday, June 18 Carolina League vs. California League 7:35 P.M.
Friday, June 28 Stockton Ports 7 P.M.
Saturday, June 29 Stockton Ports 6 P.M.
Thursday, July 4 Visalia Rawhide 6:30 P.M.
Friday, July 5 Visalia Rawhide 6:30 P.M.
Wednesday, July 31 Visalia Rawhide 7 P.M.
Friday, Aug. 9 Bakersfield Blaze 7 P.M.
Saturday, Aug. 10 Bakersfield Blaze 5 P.M.
Sunday Aug. 11 Bakersfield Blaze 6 P.M.
Friday, Aug. 16 Inland Empire 66ers 7 P.M.
Saturday, Aug. 17 Inland Empire 66ers 5 P.M.
Wednesday, Aug. 28 Visalia Rawhide 7 P.M.
*SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE
The LIVE games will be replayed several times on Comcast Hometown Network (Channel 104), and will also be available any time of the day or night via Comcast's popular ON DEMAND, which is free to Comcast digital customers. To view California League baseball games ON DEMAND, Comcast Digital Cable customers can tune to Channel 1 on their Digital Cable lineup or press the ON DEMAND button on their remote control, then click on the "Get Local" section, then click on "Comcast Hometown Network."
The San Jose Giants begin their 2013 season on Thursday, April 4 at Visalia with the home opener scheduled for Thursday, April 11 against the Rawhide. The Giants will also feature home games on Mother's Day (May 12), Memorial Day (May 27), Independence Day (July 4) and Labor Day (Sept. 2). On June 18, for the first time ever, Municipal Stadium will host the 2013 California-Carolina League All-Star Game. Single-game tickets are available for purchase online at http://sjgiants.com, over the phone at (408) 297-1435 and in person at the Municipal Stadium Box Office Monday through Friday from 10 A.M. to 6 P.M., and Saturday from 11 A.M. to 2 P.M..
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