By now you've probably seen the viral videos of people having buckets of ice dumped over their heads to raise both awareness and money to battle amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Several Bay Area residents, from Silicon Valley CEOs to regular good-hearted souls have taken part in the frosty fundraiser.

And now the San Jose Giants have put out the challenge to their fans, giving them the opportunity to bid on dousing a player following the final out of Thursday night's game at Municipal Stadium. If every player on the team gets a bid, costumed mascot Gigante also will take one for the team and nominate three special friends.

All the funds raised will be donated to the San Jose-based ALS Emergency Treatment Fund. Giants Chief Marketing Officer Juliana Paoli says the Ice Bucket Challenge fits right in with the spirit of Minor League Baseball and is a good way for the community to make an impact.

Of course, they didn't leave the media out, issuing challenges to Sam Van Zandt and Lissa Kreisler of KBAY-FM; Jeff Pope and Marla Davies of KEZR-FM; Gary Scott Thomas, Julie Stevens and Indiana Al Breiten of KRTY; and NBC Bay Area's Christina Loren, Raj Mathai and Robert Handa, among others. As of Tuesday, several of them said they were in. A couple of nominations were directed at my Mercury News sports colleagues, too. One offered to send a donation instead, and the Giants suggested a replacement for him.


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Yeah, you guessed it. See you out there Thursday night.

A CLASSIC SHOWING: Nice job by San Jose resident Karra Canum, who entered her newly restored 1958 BMW 503 Cabriolet in Sunday's Concours d' Elegance at Pebble Beach and placed third in the Open Class of Postwar Touring Cars.

Given that first in that category was a 1951 Jaguar from Oxford and second was a 1950 Bentley from Monte Carlo, San Jose was in some rare international company.

HALF CREDIT: A belated congratulations to Sadhika Malladi, an incoming junior at San Jose's Harker School, who is the other half of the research team -- with classmate Daniela Lee -- that's one of the 15 global finalists for the Google Science Contest. Remember that you can vote for them starting Sept. 1 at www.googlesciencefair.com.

Contact Sal Pizarro at spizarro@mercurynews.com. Follow him at Twitter.com/spizarro.