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Tuesday, 10 July 2018 11:57

Day Job/Night Job: Career Estimator Works for SF Giants in Security

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George Melendez is the head estimator at Regal Collision in Vallejo, CA, and also works for the San Francisco Giants as a security specialist. George Melendez is the head estimator at Regal Collision in Vallejo, CA, and also works for the San Francisco Giants as a security specialist.

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For the past decade, Melendez has worked in the team's camera room, where he watches everything that goes on in the stadium and contacts security in the stands when needed.

 

"We have 260 cameras, and we save all of our footage because at almost every game there will be at least one civil suit filed for some reason," he said. "We can see every seat all the time and monitor each fan at the game, so it's a valuable tool for anticipating what could possibly happen next." 


The Giants and Dodgers fans are well-known for not liking each other, but one American League team has the most confrontational fans in the major leagues, Melendez said. 


"We don't play the Red Sox every year, but when we do, we really have to be on our toes,” he said. “The Boston fans are loud and they show up in force and they think they own the stadium. So we sometimes have to remind them that this is our home and if you come here, you better act right."

 
Over the years, the team has had to step up its security, which is how AT&T Park provides a safe environment for its fans, he said.

 

"When I started, we had roughly 60 guards covering 40,000 fans, and now we have more than approximately 120 guards doing the job. I used to work probably 70 events every year, but now I watch the stadium when it's empty and cover maybe 25 games annually. I watch the stadium when it's empty, and you would be surprised by how many people try to sneak in there or climb the fences to just walk on the field or steal things."  


With definite retirement plans ahead for Melendez, he wants to work at Regal Collision until he's 67 and work for the Giants until he's 75. 


"God willing, I want to do both of these jobs for a while and hopefully see a few more World Series games during that time," he said.


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