I’M ALWAYS PREACHING THE “DIFFERENT HERO EVERY DAY” SF GIANTS SPEECH BUT YESTERDAY THERE WERE A LOT OF HERO’S IN OUR 10-1 VICTORY OVER THE ATLANTA BRAVES.
So many of our guys came through for us at the plate and on the mound.
It was a wonderful thing to see!
on the mound-always a good thing.
The “Panda” started us off with a bang in the 1st inning
In the 4th after a couple of walks
CRAWFORD DOUBLE scoring Posey
Exploding in the 5th
POSEY DOUBLE-scores Scutaro
BLANCO DOUBLE scoring Pablo, Posey & Pence
Exciting again in the 8th
BLACO TRIPLES scoring Pence
QUIROZ DOUBLE Blanco scoress
Coming in as a pinch hitter
BELT SINGLES scores Quiroz & Arias
Honorable mentions from our bullpen include CHAD GAUDIN and JEREMY AFFELDT
Honorable mentions from our line up include EVERYBODY!
I like to think that every San Francisco Giant that caught a ball, got a hit or made a great play today did it for his MOM! Today is Mother’s Day and we will be treated to another day game in the most beautiful place on earth but yesterday I felt the magic.
Remember our old chant “It’s Magic in Here”? Well some of that magic returned during yesterday’s game and it set the tone for a wonderful weekend for fans.
I spent one of my “best Mother’s Days ever” at AT&T Park with a fellow mother and friend in 2011. We were playing the Rockies, Vogelsong was on the mound and my GF and I were basking in the luxurious accommodations of Joe and Jen Montana’s seats. Luckily for us the Montana’s had other plans for that particular Sunday, so we enjoyed, what I consider to be, two of the best seats in the park. During that May 8th game as the player’s crossed home plate they almost landed in our laps.
Although on the visitors side of the park it only made it more interesting. I chatted it up with Jason Giambi who was formally an Oakland A (replacing McGuire) at first base. He did so well he led the team to the post season more than once only to be defeated by the Yankees. I was shocked that he was still playing pro ball as to me it seemed as if he had been around forever. He turned out to be a pretty decent guy.
In 2001 he then betrayed his fans by signing with the Yankees something that sent the A’s fans into a frenzy. I remember people throwing things at Giambi when he was unfortunate enough to be in Oakland. I remember one fateful game he was hit with a beer as he returned to the dugout. He continued to have a slug fest for the Yankees but they did not sign him in 2008 so 2009 saw him as a free agent.
In 2009 for some strange reason the Athletics decided to take him back but not for long, he signed in April and was released in August. His average was the lowest in the Major Leagues and his glory days thought to be behind him. But no, he was signed by the Rockies that same year and that is why I had the opportunity to see a different side to him that day in 2011. Surprisingly he is still playing now for the Indians.
In the new days of AT&T Park I remember enjoying an occasional game from the outfield or bleachers but in my old age I have a preference for sitting where your food and drinks are ordered from a menu and then are served to you. Especially in these present days at AT&T, where the fan base is huge and most games are sell outs. If you attempt to get up to get yourself food or beverages during a game now, you may as well plan on watching the entire thing from the closest screen to your vendor’s stand. I did have a rather special opening day in 2011 I was in charge of hanging the 10th K from the front row of the Arcade section, but I like to be close to the boys as opposed to viewing them from afar.
Back in the “old days” my season tickets at Candlestick Park were so incredible that they are hard to match. My seats at the stick were just a few rows behind home plate. Seated right behind Hank Sauer who started his MLB career in 1941 for the Reds but will always be a SF GIANT to me.
Playing outfield for the NY Giants (1957) coming to SF Giants (1958-1959) his best season was 1952 when he led the National League in home runs (37) and RBIs (121), and was named the Most Valuable Player. But Hank played his last game ever while wearing a Giants uniform in 1959. Hank passed away in 2011 at the age of 84 yrs. but I will never forget him. When I met Hank he was still very respected in MLB as a past player and as a scout. I remember a game where he tried to get Bonds to sign a ball for me and Barry refused, “he won’t sign for anybody” were Hanks words. This is why Barry is the only Giant, past or present, that I have absolutely no love for.
Career highlights and awards
(March 17, 1917 – August 24, 2001