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Inside China Basin, San Francisco Giants Podcast Sponsor: Sun First Solar


Sun First Solar

Giants fans are smart, so they know that solar makes financial sense and environmental sense.

Sun First Solar is a Bay Area Favorite!


Sun First Solar has provided solar excellence since 1984.
They are committed to preventing the depletion of natural resources and protecting the beauty of our environment through the use of renewable energy.

Sun First Solar is one of the Bay Area’s favorite solar providers. They recently won the Marin IJ Readers Choice award for Best Solar company and also Best General Contractor. They provide the most efficient, customized energy systems in the Bay Area. For the past 33 years, they have built a reputation for technical excellence, innovative design, fair pricing, excellent customer service and end-to-end quality and competence. They are a family business and are devoted to treating their employees, customers, the community and the environment with respect and are devoted to renewable energy and sustainability throughout the Bay Area providing:

• Residential Solar
• Commercial Solar
• Solar Pool Heating
• Ground Mounts – many ground mounts for residential and large commercial
• Custom designed and engineered – carports, trellis and more
• Solar panel cleaning.
• Monitoring.
• Several Loan and Lease Options.
o Yes, they are partnered with various pace financing firms including California First, Hero & Ygrene
o Yes, they have a variety of options to fit individual needs with rates starting as low as 2.99% as well as payback options from 5 to 25 years
o They offer no payments & no interest for their solar tax credit loan

Sun First Solar is a SunPower Elite Commercial and Elite Residential installer with local owners. They train and employ locally, handling  every aspect in-house including answering the phone and welcoming customers to their offices and showroom. They do not use subcontractors. Donating and contributing to the community I see a priority. They recently donated and installed PV for Bob Weir’s Terrapin Crossroads restaurant in San Rafael.

Customers are raving about Sun First installation crews, calling the  “the best in the business.” Their reputation within the solar industry is solid and they offer complete installations and interconnection services.

Many solar companies only install on simple comp shingle roofs. With Sun First there is no roof/project that is too complicated – They have successfully installed solar on Spanish Tile roofs, Metal Roofs, very Steep roofs etc. They also have extensive experience in solar Ground Mounts and solar pool heating.

Competitive Pricing. Expert Consultation. The Best Warranty.

And it all makes financial sense. The return on investment is
well over 100%!

National energy statistics indicate that the average payback period (when savings outweigh costs) for installation of a residential solar system is about five years.

Increase In Home Value : It’s been found that installing solar panels will increase your property value. But, how and why? According to the U.S. Department of Energy, property values increase $20 for every $1 of utility savings per year. With a 5 kW unit installed in your home, you could easily increase the value of your home by at least $20,000.

Reduce or Eliminate Energy Cost: Save thousands of dollars on your electric bill over the lifetime of the system (which averages about 25 years)
Environmental: You’ll drastically reduce your carbon footprint, – an average 5KW system provides carbon offsets equal to:
• Planting 4,753 trees.
• Driving reduced by 408,000 auto miles, or 20,808 gallons of gasoline.
• Recycling 645 tons of waste instead of sending it to landfill
• 198,782 pounds (99.4 tons) of coal burned.


Inside China Basin, San Francisco Giants Podcast Sponsor: Mitchell and Mitchell Insurance Agency


Mitchell and Mitchell Insurance Agency

Are you looking for one place to call for all lines of insurance? Mitchell and Mitchell Insurance Agency is the answer!

Mitchell and Mitchell  has been helping individuals with insurance since 1954, first assisting dentists with their life and disability insurance, then expanding to all lines of insurance for individuals and small to mid-sized businesses.

They have six locations throughout California and their comprehensive website  provides accessible service.  They are invested in your success and make it easy for you with one number to call to take care of all of your needs for all of these lines of insurance:

  • Business and Commercial 
  • Personal, including Auto, Home, Renters, RV, Boat, Flood, Earthquake, Umbrella, Life and Health 

They also have you covered when it comes to:

  • Succession Planning
  • Financial Planning

Mitchell and Mitchell Insurance Agency agents work together to ensure clients have a seamless experience, especially when they need more than one type of insurance. They offer free insurance portfolio reviews where they assess your risks and create a unique plan that addresses your needs whether your insurance is with them or with the guy down the street. They want to make sure you are fully informed regarding your insurance plan because they know it will contribute to your financial success for many year to come!

Here’s what Mitchell and Mitchell clients are saying: 

  • “If you have any questions, they give you answers right away. If they don’t have the answer right now, they call you right back.”

  • “They respond quickly and they give me the right answer.”

  • “They’re honest, they correct most other agencies mistakes and they are very competitively priced.”

  • “I don’t actually have to deal with my insurance. My agent reviews everything with me. Each year we go over it to be sure that we are up to date in our needs so I don’t have to think about insurance at all.”

So, if you’re unhappy with your current agent/broker and are looking for a change, Mitchell and Mitchell Insurance Agency will research your needs and get you an answer with no hidden fees or charges.

Quick responses and dedication to answering questions from a trustworthy, family-friendly insurance agency can all be found at Mitchell and Mitchell. 

Call Mitchell and Mitchell Insurance Agency today at1-888-512-8878. 

Mitchell and Mitchell is a Diamond Certified company. They are partnered with the Marin County schools volunteer program and have employees that volunteer on a regular basis in the classrooms and after school. 

Inside China Basin, San Francisco Giants Podcast Sponsor: Rita’s Of Hayward

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Rita’s Of Hayward

If you’re looking for a unique alternative to the same old, same old dessert experience, visit Rita’s of Hayward!

Rita’s Italian Ice is an iconic brand that has been around for over 30 years and now it’s sweeping the West Coast. In September, Rita’s will be celebrating its one year anniversary in Hayward.

product collageAnd Rita’s is more than just Cookie SandwichesItalian Ice. They also have:

  • Frozen Custard
  • Custard Cookie Sandwiches
  • Custom Frozen Custard Cakes


They offer a cool refreshing dessert with options that are sure to please everyone:

  • Sugar Free
  • Dairy Free
  • All Natural Treats

Customers keep coming back for their Italian Ice that is made fresh daily on site. Many of their ices include fresh fruit. And, everyone is raving about being able to choose from over 70 flavors of Italian Ice and 8 flavors of their award-winning frozen custard. The combinations are endless!

Rita’s of Hayward offers catering for all types of events including:

  • Birthday Parties – from 1st to 100thCateringContainers
  • Corporate Events
  • Employee Appreciation
  • Weddings
  • Street Fairs
  • Teacher Appreciation
  • Fundraising for Local Non-Profit

Rita’s of Hayward, serving Italian Ice and Frozen Custard with excellent customer service every single day at the University Plaza Shopping Plaza, 26775 Hayward Blvd. in Hayward.

Mention The Sports Virus and you will receive 1 FREE ITALIAN ICE with a purchase. 


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Sponsor: Toscalito Tire and Automotive


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Toscalito Tire and Automotive


Collecting World Series titles is a new trend for the Giants, but at Toscalito Tire and Automotive, they’ve been winning since 1971 with quality tires and reliable auto and light truck repair at 6 Bay Area locations near you. They take care of you like family because, after all, this is a family business started by two nice Italian boys, Ken Toscanini and Vince Ippolito, who combined their skills, knowledge, passion for cars and their names to create Toscalito Tire and Automotive.


Toscalito Tire and Automotive offers a nationwide warranty backed by the strength of the Goodyear tire and service network and unlike watching close Giants games, going to Toscalito equals a stress free life. No torture there.

TIREToscalito is more that just a tire store! Stop in to one of their four Marin locations or the Marina in San Francisco or Vallejo.

Here’s what folks are saying about Toscalito Tire and Automotive (courtesy of Yelp)
“I appreciate the fast and friendly service I have received in the past two years with Toscalito tire. The technicians and sales people have always made me feel comfortable. The maintenance I have received has keep me coming back. Thank you, Kevin.”

From Mark P.:”I’ve been going to this shop for a few years now … and they’ve been justyelp great. I brought my car in today for something that related back to an earlier repair … from maybe three months ago. They made the repair and didn’t charge me at all … Loren said “We stand behind our work”

From Franz T.:”I went here to get my tires changed and aligned and Alonzo hooked it up! The service was really fast and Alonzo told me what else needs to be done with my car without me feeling pressured.”

From Meghan M.:”I have been consistently pleased with the level of service I receive at Toscalito. Friendly, timely, affordable and honestly a million times better than going to the dealer. Every time I visit Toscalito I leave with a smile on my face!”

From Kristal M.:”Toscalito Tires is the BEST! I have had some big car repairs here and they have done a great job. I’ve brought my car in for little things too, like a headlight needing to be replaced. I brought the bulb and Loren kindly installed it for me for free. So sweet. Everyone here is nice and helpful. I highly recommend them.”

Contact Toscalito Tire and Automotive today:

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Sponsor: Access Uniforms


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Access Uniforms
Access Uniforms is a family owned company that was founded in Access FactoryOctober of 1988 by Bill and Sandy Lindsell. The company’s first sales office was in the garage of our family home in Burlingame, California.

ACCESS PHOTO1Initially we specialized in just industrial uniforms with emblems sewn on to identify the company and individuals wearing them. After we established ourselves as one of the highest quality suppliers of uniforms in the area, we expanded into silk screen printing and promotional products and added a complete graphics arts and digitizing department.

Access Uniforms is now a member of the Promotional Product ACCESS PHOTO2Association and can imprint your message or company logo on over 800,000 products.

Our motto is simply “Your Logo on Anything” and we look forward to handling your every need for uniforms, embroidery, silk screening and promotional products.

Bill Lindsell

Sponsor: TPC Harding Park


TPC Harding Park
A San Francisco Municipal Golf Course



It’s the premier golf facility in San Francisco, offering golfers the opportunity to play “Play Where the Pros Play.” And the pros are coming to TPC Harding Park for the PGA Championship in 2020!  For more information click here:

Since 1925, TPC Harding Park’s majestic layout and beautiful amenities have made it a favorite of PGA TOUR players, local residents (like Giants relief pitcher George Kontos and Inside China Basin host Joe Castellano who calls it his favorite course) and visitors alike. Golf Digest recognizes it as one of the “Best Places You Can Play” in America. From hometown favorites Ken Venturi and Johnny Miller to iconic PGA TOUR players Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods and Vijay Singh, virtually every great name in golf has played at TPC Harding Park.

They have a Championship 18-hole course and a challenging 9-hole course. Other amenities include:

• A Practice Facility open to the public – full swing practice tee, chipping and putting greens along with instruction programs taught by a talented team of PGA professionals.

• The Cypress Grill, open to the public seven days a week – breakfast, lunch and light evening snacks.

• Meeting and Event Space – From intimate rehearsal dinners, holiday parties and charity functions to golf tournaments, business meetings and corporate seminars, TPC Harding Park specializes in creating memorable events for every taste, style and budget.

• Home to the First Tee of San Francisco.

TPC Harding Park is the only public golf course in San Francisco offering golfers the opportunity to “Play Where the Pros Play.” In addition to the upcoming Match Play tournament, it’s also been the home to other PGA TOUR events such as the Charles Schwab Cup Championship, the 2009 Presidents Cup , the 2005 American Express Championship and coming in 2020 the PGA Championship! Additionally, they are home to the San Francisco City Championship, which is the oldest consecutively played amateur competition in the world.

TPC Harding Park Logo (300x300)If you are a San Francisco resident, you are in for a great deal! TPC Harking Park offers the Resident Rate – a discounted rate for golfers whom reside in San Francisco (Must have valid Resident Card issued by the City of San Francisco). They also frequently offer dining and golf specials. So, if you want consistent course conditions, great customer service and quality food at an affordable price, TPC Harding Park is the place for you! What are you waiting for? Book a or call the Pro Shop at 415.664.4690 ext.0.