One Good Thing: #BayAreaUnite
Athletes like watching other athletes.
Welcome to One Good Thing, a weekly feature where we take stock of the last week in San Jose Sharks hockey and find something that just lifts our spirits. Whether it’s a performance on-ice, or a player’s Instagram post, we’re here to talk about the reasons we love this team. Winning or losing, let’s take the time to bask in these small moments.
The Bay Area, as most major metropolitan areas, is home to several sports teams, including our very own San Jose Sharks. Professional athletes, like us normal people, like to watch other professional athletes. This has lead to some great cross overs between the Bay Area squads. Last week, Tomas Hertl was the the San Francisco 49ers game.
Hertl in the House!— San Francisco 49ers (@49ers) November 17, 2019
Happy to have you @TomasHertl48 🙌@SanJoseSharks | #BayAreaUnite pic.twitter.com/gvdM0kNlvl
The Sharks and 49ers love goes both ways. On a road trip to play the Washington football franchise (we don’t say their super offensive name) the entire 49ers offensive line wore Sharks jerseys for their flight. During the Sharks' playoff run this spring, many 49ers including General Manager Jon Lynch, and the entire offensive line opened the door. The linemen also did what offensive linemen do with this gem of a gif.
CHEERS @SanJoseSharks!— San Francisco 49ers (@49ers) May 9, 2019
On to the Western Conference Final! #BayAreaUnite
For Game 7 against the Vegas Golden Knights, 49ers All Pro Tight End George Kittle sat in a seat in a hallway when the Sharks scored their first goal of the five-minute power play and didn’t move until the game was over, fearing to ruin the mojo that the Sharks had going on.
Found the luckiest seat in the house. @SanJoseSharks LETS GOOOO pic.twitter.com/UskVSw0954— George Kittle (@gkittle46) April 24, 2019
The love isn’t just between the Sharks' closest neighbors. Both the Oakland A’s and San Francisco Giants have been part of the #BayAreaUnite. A slew of current and former Sharks have thrown the first pitch at an A’s game. Forward Evander Kane threw out the first pitch this September at a San Francisco Giants game.
The best part of the #BayAreaUnite is when the visiting player is given a jersey with their number on it, letting us see Timo Meier in a San Jose Earthquakes jersey or Jimmy Garappolo in a Sharks jersey. Why, it even seems like the Sharks and 49ers are sharing a player:
Hey @49ers, we know #BayAreaUnite and all, but can you give us back @TomasHertl48? We need him tonight. Thanks. pic.twitter.com/ZIJU4i85p6— San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) November 2, 2018
The Sharks have done several promotions that involve cross promotions between the Sharks and several teams. The Golden State Warriors/Sharks jerseys from last season were especially well done.
These #BayAreaUnite jerseys + that flow = 😍 #SJSharks | #DubNation pic.twitter.com/rF6nnhpEpA— San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) February 17, 2019
The cherry on the #BayAreaUnite cake has to be seeing Steph Curry walking into a game wearing the Sharks Stealth jersey.
Steph repping the new Sharks jersey 🔥 pic.twitter.com/aqUSj0ozm9— Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) October 13, 2018
I think the one thing that can unite all bay area fans is, the famous “Beat LA” chant that occurs at all Bay Area sports events when they are playing a team from Los Angeles. This has become a rallying cry no matter if you wear teal, scarlet and gold, orange and black, or royal blue and has really helped create the #BayAreaUnite.
What is your favorite #BayAreaUnite moment? Let us know in the comments below!