October 4, 2023

Loads of huge names have hung out with the San Jose Giants on their approach to the large leagues, and you may wager they knew Linda Pereira’s title.

The girl generally known as the Patron Saint of Gamers was honored by the staff at Excite Ballpark final Sunday upon her retirement after 52 years of service. The pre-game ceremony included a video with well-wishes from dozens of individuals, together with former San Jose Giants Supervisor Lenn Sakata, San Francisco Giants pitcher Shawn Estes — who famous she nonetheless sends him a birthday card each February — and broadcasters Duane Kuiper and Mike Krukow.

Pereira was the face of the staff for a lot of season ticket holders and in addition was the staff’s director of participant personnel, operating the host household program, the place she would recruit South Bay households to soak up gamers throughout the season. This system ended after COVID-19 when Main League Baseball began offering lodging to minor-league gamers.

Mark Wilson, who labored with Pereira because the staff’s basic supervisor for 38 years, stated the entrance workplace response to most participant issues was “See Linda.”

“Not too many organizations have one individual liable for the gamers and all of their wants,” he stated. “So if a participant involves city and desires a lodge room, ‘See Linda’; a participant’s household comes into city, ‘See Linda’; A participant’s girlfriend would come into city, ‘See Linda.’ And Linda would at all times say, ‘Hold the wives and the girlfriends separate.’ “

Wilson spoke together with Roberta Mazur, govt director {of professional} baseball’s Scout of the 12 months program and a longtime pal of Pereira’s, and present Common Supervisor Ben Taylor, who offered Pereira with a jersey emblazoned with “52” on the again and unveiled the Linda Pereira Scout Bench. He stated the bench, a couple of rows under the press field behind dwelling plate, “welcomes scouts, gamers and all personnel similar to Linda did so graciously right here for 52 years.”

That hospitality runs within the household. Pereira’s dad was Manny Pereira, who owned the favored Manny’s Cellar bar in downtown San Jose and in addition labored the Heineken sales space for a few years at San Jose Giants video games.

Pereira — who over time picked up the nicknames “LP,” “Muffin” (from Dusty Baker) and, most not too long ago, “Miss Linda” from youthful staffers — stated she was grateful to everybody who got here out to the ballpark to rejoice her that day. Final month, she was at Oracle Park to rejoice longtime San Francisco Giants Clubhouse Supervisor Mike Murphy, who was added to the staff’s Wall of Fame for his 65 years of service.

“The spotlight of the weekend for me was Mike Murphy coming as much as me and saying ‘Muffin, you’re the Mike Murphy of San Jose,’ ” she stated. “The best praise of my life.”

DINING OUT IN LOS GATOS: I not too long ago was in a position to scratch Dio Deka in Los Gatos off my “Haven’t Been There For the reason that Pandemic Record” and acquired an opportunity to talk for a bit with Managing Associate Yanni Dulles and Government Chef Nikos Moulinos. Dulles says enterprise has been steadily bettering for the favored Greek restaurant since COVID-19 shut the whole lot down in 2020, and he expects a very good fall season as cooler climate makes Dio Deka’s indoor eating room on the Resort Los Gatos extra enticing.

One thing else I realized on my go to — apart from the truth that my dependancy to the housemade pita didn’t diminish — is that whereas Dio Deka hasn’t been open throughout lunch for years, its kitchen is fairly busy throughout the day. That’s as a result of it helps Cafe Dio, their sister operation throughout the road at 151 E. Important St., which serves up deep-dish pizza, sandwiches and salads together with espresso and pastries.

SEEING SCORSESE: Pruneyard Cinemas goes all out with a five-week celebration of legendary movie director Martin Scorsese that kicked off Friday night time with a screening of his 1995 hit “On line casino” and a “On line casino Night time” pre-party on the adjoining Cedar Room Lounge. Extra Scorsese films will comply with over the following 4 Tuesdays: “Raging Bull” (Sept. 19), “The Final Waltz” (Sept. 26), “GoodFellas” (Oct. 3) and “The Departed” (Oct. 10). “On line casino” can be being screened once more Sept. 18 as a part of Pruneyard’s Culinary Cinema sequence, although that screening was practically bought out.

All that is in anticipation of Scorsese’s latest film, “Killers of the Flower Moon,” which is due out Oct. 20, however Pruneyard Cinemas co-owner Jack NyBlom says it’s additionally a possibility to showcase newly remastered 4K variations of the 80-year-old director’s films on the large display screen for Bay Space audiences.

“It’s trying like we’ll be displaying the NorCal premieres of at the very least ‘Raging Bull’ and ‘The Final Waltz,’ ” NyBlom stated. You will get the total schedule and tickets at www.pruneyardcinemas.com/specialevents.

FARMWORKER BENEFIT: Gilroy-based nonprofit Earth to Desk is internet hosting its first profit live performance Tuesday on the Guild Theatre in Menlo Park to lift cash for farmworkers who proceed to face hardships within the wake of January’s mass capturing in Half Moon Bay and extreme climate occasions all through the state.

The 7 p.m. live performance will embrace performances by MALO, the Juan Escovedo All-Stars, the Bernal Beat, the Simply Mission and All Nighter that includes Ricky Watters Jr., in addition to remarks by civil rights icon Dolores Huerta; Belinda Hernandez Arriaga, founder and govt director of Ayudando Latinos a Soñar; and “A Music for Cesar” filmmaker Abel Sanchez.

Earth to Desk was based by Brent Turner and Janet Lloyd-Davis to help and empower the farmworker group.  Tickets can be found at www.guildtheatre.com.