If you're thinking McCovey Cove is where you want to be during next week's All-Star festivities at AT&T Park in San Francisco, read the fine print before you load up the kayak.
Extra security measures will be in force.
The U.S. Coast Guard and the San Francisco police will enforce a security zone Saturday through Tuesday, with public access confined to a limited number of human-powered watercraft such as kayaks or canoes that must be pre-registered through the Giants and launched from official access points.
Boaters must also consent to a search before they enter the security zone, and are required to have a life jacket and a device such as a whistle or horn as well as a flashlight or lantern after dark.
Besides all that, they'll have to watch out for ESPN's Kenny Mayne during the Home Run Derby on Monday.
He'll be in a kayak with something called a "scuba cam," a hand-held type camera positioned in the water to, uh, soak up the atmosphere.
Stanford recently won the Directors' Cup for the 13th straight time, awarded annually to the college athletic program with the top overall performance.
Which local school finished higher, USC or UCLA?
Bonus question: What area school finished No. 1 among National Assn. of Intercollegiate Athletics programs for the third consecutive year?
Something from Uncle Phil
Figuring little Sam Alexis Woods probably already has enough ones-ies, Phil Mickelson and his wife, Amy, gave Tiger Woods and his wife, Elin, a rather unusual baby gift.
"A little miniature Ping-Pong table," Mickelson said.
Although Woods owns Mickelson when it comes to winning majors -- he has 12 to Mickelson's three -- Mickelson suggested he has the edge in table tennis.
"Given that Amy and I seem to own Tiger and Elin, we just thought that our kids have had a head start -- we wanted to give Sam Alexis a little jump-start on her game," he said.
Really, Mickelson abuses Woods in table tennis?
"Probably not in reality, but I'd like to think so, at least say I do," Mickelson said.
Woods called the gift "awfully nice."
"To have, you know, a person you compete against and the person that you go at toe-to-toe all the time -- we certainly appreciate that kind of warmth," he said. "To come from Phil and Amy, it's very special."
Sam I am
Woods also revealed this week that his daughter is named after him, sort of.
"My father had always called me Sam since the day I was born. He rarely ever called me Tiger," Woods said.
"I would ask him, 'Why don't you ever call me Tiger?' He says, 'Well, you look more like a Sam.'
"I said, 'All right, that's cool.' "
Scratching an itch
Unlike some celebrity Lakers fans, Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea is no neophyte. The Fairfax High alum has been a fan since the 1970s, and he e-mails that he doesn't apologize for his devotion -- or his aversion to capitalization.
"i have attempted to grow up in all other areas of my life however, in sports fandom, i enjoy being as childish and myopic as can be, i actually take pride in it so there it is."
We also like him because he still misses the late Times' columnist Allan Malamud.
UCLA finished second and USC was fifth.
Bonus answer: Azusa Pacific.
Notah Begay III, a college teammate of Woods at Stanford, made the future star carry his bags for him the first semester of his freshman year.
"One thing I also tease Tiger about is that I did graduate with my degree," Begay said. "He didn't, but he got his Masters a lot earlier than I have."