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SF: San Francisco Giants Receive World Series Rings

Silver and gold were added to the traditional orange and black team colors of the San Francisco Giants Sunday as the players, coaches and staff received their 2012 World Series championship rings in a pre-game ceremony at AT&T Park.

With the infield transformed into a stage, complete with orange carpet leading from the Giants' dugout to the home plate area, and following the baselines, the setting was complete with dual podiums set behind the 2012 World Series trophy, which was prominently on display in front.

The boxes bearing the rings were carried in by a group of cable car operators to the tune of "San Francisco (Open Your Golden Gate)" being played live by the Dick Bright Orchestra, and placed on tables next to several oversized light blue boxes designed to look like Tiffany's signature packaging.

Once Giants President and CEO Larry Baer and General Manager Brian Sabean-who Krukow called "the architect of the team"-were introduced, manager Bruce Bochy was called out.

"Receiving a ring that really represents what they accomplished, there's nothing like it.

Trust me, when you go out there, it's emotional; some guys had tears in their eyes," said Bochy after the game.

Donning special gold-lettered uniforms and hats, players and coaches were introduced one by one, each trotting out and receiving their ring, all to thunderous applause coming from the fans.

Several former Giants players and members of the Baseball Hall of Fame were given honorary rings; Jim Davenport, Orlando Cepeda, Juan Marichal, Willie McCovey and Willie Mays.

The rings, made of white gold, feature the iconic interlocking "SF" logo made of 52 round diamonds, while seven more diamonds, on both sides, pay tribute to the number of Giants world series championships.

They also feature the player's name and number, along with a cable car and the team's final victorious standings in the post-season run that culminated in the winning sweep of the Detroit Tigers.

As the festivities were coming to an end, and it was time to get ready to play the game, the Giants did something unusual-for the ceremonial first pitch each player was given a ball to throw into the stands for people to catch and keep, further signifying the connection between the team and fans.

SF: Update: Two People Shot By Police in Mission District Remain in Life-Threatening Condition

Two people wounded by police gunfire in San Francisco's Mission District early Sunday morning remain hospitalized with life-threatening injuries, police said.

Police released little new information about the incident, but said that one of the two people shot by police was holding an air-powered firearm at the time of the shooting, San Francisco police Officer Gordon Shyy said in an email.

"Further testing has to be done by SFPD to determine what type of projectile it discharges and if this specific weapon was in operable condition," Shyy said.

San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr will hold a community meeting about the shooting later this week, Shyy said.

The incident started at about 2 a.m., when two groups of people apparently got involved in a confrontation outside of a bar near 17th and Valencia streets, Shyy said.

When one person pulled out what appeared to be a firearm, witnesses went to a nearby police station to report the fight, Shyy said.

Two responding officers saw the individual aiming the firearm at a group of people and opened fire, wounding the suspect and one other person, Shyy said.

Both gunshot victims were transported to San Francisco General Hospital to be treated for life-threatening injuries.

Investigators retrieved the suspect's air-powered firearm from the scene.

Both involved officers have been placed on paid administrative leave pending a full investigation.

Oakland: Man in Critical Condition After Stabbing, No Arrests Made

A man is in critical condition after being stabbed in West Oakland Saturday morning, a police officer said.

Officers responded to a report of a stabbing in the 1700 block of San Pablo Avenue at about 2:05 a.m., Officer Kevin McDonald said.

The victim was transported to a hospital to be treated for his injuries and remains in critical condition, McDonald said.

No arrests were made, and no suspect information was immediately available, McDonald said.

Santa Rosa: Man Arrested in Connection With Child Endangerement After Hour-Long Standoff

Police in Santa Rosa Saturday arrested a man who attempted to evade police while driving with his infant son in his car Friday evening.

Eric Diaz-Pineda, 22, of Santa Rosa, was surrounded by officers while inside a home in the 900 block of Kingwood Street at about 10:10 p.m., police said.

About 45 minutes later, at 10:55 p.m., Diaz-Pineda agreed to voluntarily come out of the home and was arrested, police said.

He was booked into the Sonoma County main adult detention facility for three outstanding arrest warrants, and on suspicion of reckless evading and child endangerment, police said.

At about 6:15 p.m. Friday, an officer searching for distracted drivers as part of National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, observed Diaz-Pineda driving a 1998 white BMW 320i sedan talking on a cellphone near West Ninth Street.

The officer was driving a marked police vehicle when he pulled up behind the suspect vehicle and attempted to initiate a traffic stop, according to police.

Diaz-Pineda, a documented gang participant, failed to stop and sped away from the officer, police said.

The vehicle sped through residential streets and through stop signs at multiple intersections, police said.

Police said Diaz-Pineda abandoned the vehicle while it was still in motion, causing the vehicle to collide with an unoccupied vehicle in the 800 block of Coulter Street.

Diaz-Pineda left his 15-month-old infant son and his 21-year-old girlfriend inside the vehicle, police said.

The infant was properly restrained and was not injured, according to police.

Concord: Police Investigating a Shooting That Killed a Brentwood Man

Police in Concord are investigating a shooting that killed a Brentwood man Saturday night, a police lieutenant said.

Officers responded to a report of a shooting in the parking lot of 1090 Mi Casa Court, near Monument Boulevard, at about 8:20 p.m., Lt. Steve Dyer said.

A large family party was being held when two men got into an altercation and shots were fired, Dyer said.

When officers arrived, they found Ismael Garcia Ramirez, 25, suffering from a fatal gunshot wound to the upper body, according to Dyer.

Witnesses provided information that led officers to the identification of a suspect car that was seen fleeing the scene, Dyer said.

The car was found in the 1200 block of Monument Boulevard near Victory Lane.

Officers contacted the suspect, 29-year-old Vincent Ochoa, of Concord, arrested him, and booked him on suspicion of first-degree homicide, Dyer said.

Caltrain Back to Regular Service Today Following Fuel Spill on Saturday

Caltrain service was back on schedule Sunday after a damaged train engine caused a fuel leak and disrupted trains for several hours on Saturday evening, a spokeswoman said.

The southbound train apparently struck a large piece of metal on the tracks between South San Francisco and San Bruno at about 7:30 p.m., Caltrain spokeswoman Christine Dunn said.

A tank on the engine was damaged, causing a leak of diesel fuel, Dunn said.

No one was injured.

North and southbound trains were delayed until crews cleared the northbound side for single-track service at about 10:15 p.m.

Hazardous materials crews continued to work overnight, and Caltrain was cleared for regular service, Dunn said.

At about 9:30 a.m., a southbound train broke down near the San Antonio Station at Mountain View and was taken out of service, Dunn said.

The problem was unrelated to Saturday's spill, which remains under investigation, she said.

Contra Costa Co.: Pedestrian Injured By Vehicle That Drove Onto Sidewalk Near Bay Point

A pedestrian was injured by a car that drove onto a sidewalk in the Contra Costa County community of Bay Point Sunday afternoon, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The incident occurred on Alves Lane at about 12:20 p.m., CHP Eric Anderson said.

The victim was seriously injured and taken to John Muir Medical Center in Concord, Anderson said.

The driver of the vehicle was cooperating with investigators, he said.

The collision remains under investigation by the Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office.

Alameda: Crown Beach Shut Down After Possible Explosive Device Found Near Restrooms

A possible explosive device was found at Crown Memorial Beach in Alameda Sunday morning, East Bay Regional Park District police said.

The device was spotted by a park ranger who was doing maintenance work in the area around 10:30 a.m. near the restrooms at Shoreline Drive and Park Street, according to Lt. Jon King.

Park police officers responded and determined the suspicious item was a possible explosive device, King said. Portions of Crown Beach, Shoreline Drive and Park Street were closed during the investigation.

The Alameda County bomb squad responded to the scene and confirmed that the device was potentially explosive in nature.

The device was safely detonated in place, and no injuries or damage occurred as a result, King said.

The park and all streets have been reopened.

The incident remains under investigation.

Santa Clara Co.: Santa Clara Man Killed in Solo Motorcycle Crash on San Felipe Road

A Santa Clara man was killed in a solo motorcycle crash south of San Jose Sunday afternoon, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The 31-year-old man was riding his white Honda CBR 600RR south on San Felipe Road one mile north of Metcalf Road around 12:40 p.m., according to CHP Officer Jose Morones.

For unknown reasons, the motorcycle drifted to the right on to the soft dirt and grass shoulder, and the rider was ejected, Morones said.

The man hit a tree on the right shoulder and was seriously injured.

He was taken by helicopter to Kaiser Santa Teresa hospital but died of his injuries at 3:30 p.m., Morones said.

Weather Forecast for the San Francisco Bay Area

Partly cloudy skies are likely in the Bay Area this morning.

Highs are expected to be in the upper 50s, with northwest winds up to 30 mph with gusts around 45 mph.

Mostly clear skies are likely this evening, with lows in the upper 40s and northwest winds up to 30 mph.

A wind advisory will be in effect today until 8 p.m.

Sunny skies are expected Tuesday morning.

Highs are likely to be in the 60s, with north winds up to 20 mph.

 

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