Rally Pumpkin, Well-Known, Quirky Giants Fan, Dies

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Internet forums were buzzing this weekend with sad news about the very visible Giants fan Craig Appel, best known as Rally Pumpkin, who died in an apparent suicide over the weekend.

Police in North Hollywood say that Appel, who was also known as "Jingles" to Giants broadcasters, players, and coaches, stepped in front of a train. He was 50 years old.

Appel was iconic among hardcore Giants fans, known for dressing up in orange and traveling around to cheer on his beloved baseball team. He was also the team's bus driver until 2010, hauling them to games between here and Southern California.

According to bloggers, Appel's friends say he'd fallen on hard times in recent years. 
For his recent 50th birthday, someone had given Appel a luxury suite ticket, but he wasn't able to pull together the funds to travel from Southern California to San Francisco.

A donations page has been set up to help his family with funeral arrangements. Contributions are already trickling in from friends, Giants fans, and strangers. So far, friends have raised $825. "Craig was a good soul! His contagious spirit will be greatly missed," one donor wrote.

Another left this message on his page: "I wish I could have met you."

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I miss the Rally Pumpkin. He was an institution for many years. He represented us fans admiringly!!!!

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