In Major League Baseball's ongoing effort to make the entire ballpark experience as maddeningly slow and repetitious as Nomar Garciaparra in the batter's box
, the league has announced mandatory metal detectors at the entrance gates of all stadiums by next year
The Giants, ever the trend-setters, will install detectors this season.
For San Francisco fans, this may well conjure up dark memories of last season, when the team's response to the Boston bombings resulted in tens of thousands of fans milling about in Willie Mays Plaza
-- which was, to a tee, the most counterproductive outcome that could have possibly occurred. As SF Weekly wrote at the time
: "In reaction to an attack directed at many thousands of people packed alarmingly tightly into the streets of Boston, AT&T Park security measures resulted in many thousands of people being packed alarmingly tightly into the streets of San Francisco."
Last year's security measures -- stricter bag checks and "wandings" -- resulted in glacial lines. As a result, Giants employees eased off on the wandings as first pitch approached. With metal detectors, however, that won't be an option. More »