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THE BAD THE GOOD AND THE KRUKOW

Bad News and Good News
Bad news first of course so that we smile at the end.
Mike Krukow is suffering from degenerative muscle disease which he announced publicly in 2014.  Now at the age of 64 yrs he’s decided to slow down a bit.

I wish him well and am happy to hear that he won’t be pushing himself too much this season.

Krukow will not travel with the club when they go east for games.  Kruk will miss 45 games which will be the away games east of Denver.

When Mike went to the Giants with the idea of reducing the number of games he would have to work they were accommodating of course. Krukow told the Mercury News that they said “We’ll take what you can give us”.

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I can imagine this will be kind of sad for Duane Kuiper as they were the “perfect broadcasting partners” and that 45 games will be different.

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But now for the good news!
For all those that were already in  a happy sadness  over Javi’s retirement – you know happy for him because he can retire sad for the end of “Handsome Javi’s” always welcome appearances at the plate.  Javier Lopez along with Jeremy Affeldt will be doing the color covering for Krukow during those 45 away games.
Now that’s something to look forward to!

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Get some rest Kruk!  We love ya!

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San Francisco Giants Wild Ride

What a wild ride we had! I stood my ground with all the doubters, never wavering I  said we were going to bring home another trophy and we did.

I also said it “wouldn’t be pretty” and it wasn’t. It was BEAUTIFUL!

Now they say we are dying to be a “DYNASTY” means nothing to me.  This is the Greatest Baseball Team Ever! Bar None!

Three World Series Wins! And they said it couldn’t be done. Well it’s DONE!

 

Some of my favorite moments from this season:

Amy G to Belt after Giants clinch wild card:
Amy: You’re going to go celebrate with the baby right?

Brandon Belt: Yup, pour some champagne on it.

The Magic Starts! Giants win Wild Card!

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Morse with his total absence of “Game Face” was trying out a different look last night but couldn’t hold out for long!

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Peavy losing it while a calm Lincecum tries not to notice.

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Let’s not forget Timmy’s 2nd No-Hitter! June 25 2014

Just for fun! Bad Lip Reading With Will Clark

PANDA CELEBRATES WITH PANDA HEADS-Pay him what he’s asking he can’t be replaced!

 

 

 

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Ruined by a few unruly fans and some inappropriate Policemen with weapons!

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Obviously these Officers didn’t see the “Disclaimer Notice”

 

 

Giants Still Atop The Beanstalk

Last night “THE BEAST” went deep at AT&T Park to secure the defeat of the Cleveland Indians  in the first game of interleague play.

HUDSON Once again proves his stuff and The San Francisco Giants beat the Cleveland Indians 5-1

San Francisco Giants Michael Morse homered in the fourth inning adding to the three runs already on the board put there by the combined performance of Angel Pagan and Hunter Pence.

PAGAN had an MRI Thursday and verdict was a small tear in his right patella tendon, thankfully it didn’t keep him off the field yesterday.

GIANTS EXTRA

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Cleveland 1, San Francisco 5 at AT&T Park Cleveland Record: (11-12) San Francisco Record: (13-10)

Winning pitcher – Tim Hudson (3-1) Losing pitcher – Carlos Carrasco (0-3)

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HIGHLIGHTS

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Pictures provided by my son & his friend who will be enjoying todays 1pm game and sending me into a jealous fit. LOL 🙂 Have fun kids. And don’t get my gloves dirty!

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I FEEL APPRECIATED BY MY BASEBALL TEAM

Chances are I won’t be attending Fan Appreciation Day Sunday and I am mournful.  But I am thankful for what the San Francisco Giants have given to me for the past 55 years!  As a Giants fan I have developed a “never say never” attitude that for me is imperative to survival.  After all things aren’t always easy and if you choose to believe that taking the good with the bad will pay off then you have won the battle.

The SF Giants have provided me with a team deserving of loyalty and in hindsight the 54 years of torture waiting for that first WS Trophy was worth it!

Thank you for loving me, or at least letting me believe that you do! 🙂 HEART MY SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS FOREVER AND WHEREVER I MAY BE!

GIANTS APPRECIATE FANS

Puking During Puig At Bats

Although this may seem in direct conflict to my last post, as I said it’s a “rivalry” an on the field rivalry. I find this blog amusing and I think it mirror’s my thoughts on the past 2 games rather closely. Enjoy!

THE San Francisco Giants Blog

“This guy Puig is gonna be a problem….” –San Dawg

I forget when he said that, probably during Puig’s first game up. It was a simple line, yet foreboding, and it gave us fair warning of what was to come….

*This guy Puig* is grinding on my patience. It’s not just the constant media jack off session that bothers me although that’s part of it. I thought it was complete BS that he was throwing sucker haymakers in the brawl with AZ and managed to get exactly zero days of suspension. Calls for him to be named to the all star game, after 60 at bats, was definitely irksome. And while I’m not doubting his talent for a moment, I was looking forward to Bumgarner knocking him down a few *puigs* in the game last night. So it was quite easy for me to go quickly and loudly into a…

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GET ON THOSE HITTIN’ SHOES

 

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OK WE TAKE ON LA AGAIN TONIGHT, FRESH GAME, FRESH START, STILL GOT SOME ISSUES BUT ONE OF THEM SHOULD NOT BE THE RIVALRY AGAINST THE DODGERS! Let’s concentrate on gettin’ our bats on! 

To sum up what our players, who stood along side Dodger players on the field one day after the horrible incident that resulted in the beating of Brian Stow, “This is a baseball rivalry, on field rivalry, it ends there.  After the game, off the field we are friends.”

We need to remember this.

Yes, BEAT LA! Beat them badly!

But on the field. Those people we call the “STINKING DODGERS” & THE STINKING DODGER FANS” well, darn it, they are people to!

Even when we haven’t been facing the Dodger’s the negativity from Giants “fans” has been overwhelming. It’s so bad on Twitter that I pray for the day these negative fair weather fans will jump or be pushed off the ban wagon and once again the SF Giants can brag about the tremendous fan base they have!  A team that doesn’t have to “freak out” because of fan negativity voice after every less than perfect performance, is going to be a more relaxed, happy, productive team. Lighten up people, this is our team!

In case you think this opinion is all mine, below from a seasoned SF Giants fan & real person, I share her thoughts;

“Hi there! I just had to talk to you via email…I hope that’s ok. Last night twitter was filled with so much negativity! And I’m no prude, but so many vulgar comments were made. I just was disgusted & I felt like it took away the enjoyment of watching the game for me. One of my best friends is a diehard Dodger fan & we’ve had a lot of good chats throughout last year & this… but all done in fun with consideration for each other. Maybe that’s what’s missing on Twitter. Since it’s such a public forum, and very few of us really know each other, that respect and consideration is missing. I don’t know…maybe I’m just too old for this kind of mindless chatter! I do enjoy talking to a lot of people, you of course, but some just seem to cross the line. So I’m thinking tonight I’ll just watch the game & chat with my Dodger friend, who calls her beloved team the “Cellar Dwellers!” Any thoughts? I value your opinion! 🙂

The SF Giants  are about to EXPLODE! Enjoy it every moment of it! After all it’s GIANTS BASEBALL! And there is nothing better! 

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FACING MY FEAR OF CHASE FIELD

I never considered my  first 54 years of life as a Giants fan as being “sheltered” however I realized in April of 2012 that for all those years I had been cradled in the motherly lap of my San Francisco Giants home stadiums unaware that  there was another side to baseball, an ugly unfriendly side one that I walked into naively enthusiastic emerging three days later frightened shocked and horrified  at behavior so unfamiliar to me that I felt as though I would never recover.

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I spent my entire lifetime in Northern California land of oceans, trees, friendly folks and ball teams that inspired in me an uncanny loyalty that literally shaped my personality.  Naturally I was raised to be a SF Giants fan by my father instilled by him also and deeply embedded in my soul was the rivalry with the LA Dodgers.

I lived through years of loyalty that was unshakable starting slowly when I was just one year old, 1958  the NY Giants  came to California and became MY SF Giants!  Always a “tom boy” type of girl I eventually became the mother of three boys and coached my first little league team in 1980.

I had a fondness for all sports but my love for baseball was what prevailed.  I lived through the exciting untouchable days of Montana and the SF 49ers but it is the SF Giants that I have had my longest relationship with.  Outlasting all three of my marriages.

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Because I was raised to be a Giants fan I just never thought of it as a choice. Sure I went to some A’s games, spring training’s but it was the Giants who were and always will be my baseball team.

So many different players, so many baseball greats, so many close calls, so many losses but it never crossed my mind to feel anything but “hey this is my team, for better or for worse”. Funny that didn’t apply to many other things in my life but it increased my already stubborn nature eventually turning me into the “never say never” always “believe” because “anything can happen” person I am today. After 54 yrs. it finally paid off, there it was the trophy, we were The World Champions!  I am the fan that waited their entire life to win that 2010 World Series so I naturally take much of the credit for it.

My first Giants Spring Training was in 1986 and if you didn’t live through it you just can’t understand how different things were then. In AZ for a visit with my in-laws I found my very pregnant self being ushered around Giants Spring Training camp by Vida Blue recently back from his “away time” and enthusiastic about throwing for his team.  We had somehow become friends over the years and he was busy positioning me right beside him as he threw pitches so that I could take pictures.

Eventually I got bored as there was another annoying pitcher who kept getting in my shots.  Never a big fan  of Ately Hammaker I’m fairly certain my annoyance with him began that day as he refused to stay out of my camera range. Starting pitcher that year 1986-Mike Krukow as well as 83 & 87. As one of my favorite people now it’s a shame I didn’t see him that day I may have asked for my first autograph!

The stadium was simply wide open with no fences or boundaries to separate the players from their visiting fans.  Though I was fortunate to be escorted by Vida so at least to me nothing was off limits so I began to wander around. Vida played his final game in October of this same 1086. That was Willie Mays day and magically he appeared before me in full uniform although his playing days were already behind him.  He kindly stopped and chatted with me asking me if I would like his signature. I believe he even provided that paper as I was not prepared.  That day was also Gary Radnich’s first spring training and the story of his “first private interview” with Willie is detailed in a previous post.

There were some players over the years that avoided fans however I never went out of my way for an autograph not even when Matt Williams offered me his after he almost ran over my foot leaving Candlestick’s parking lot after a game as  I was walking to my car.  He was one that avoided fans seeking his attention, which was fine with me just don’t break my foot trying to escape, sir.

Timmy and Matty’s first fanfest where five or six people stood in line for their first Q&A.  I remember Matt Cain working a baseball camp with my youngest son who then presented me with a ball Matt had signed for him.  That ball is now signed by Tim and Sergio Romo but not Brian Wilson because we won that trophy and things started to change, now my ball team had become celebrities. Let the madness begin! The fan base doubled over night with younger folk most adoring girls holding up “Buster Prom?” signs with visions of date night dancing in their heads.

But they loved my team and that was a good thing. The enthusiasm I had always felt had now spread and it was exciting and positive so even though it became impossible to go to the ladies room without missing most of the game it was still very enjoyable to be at the park and I never missed an opening day.

Oh the parade and the celebrations were everything I had been working for 🙂 and I was there to welcome them back at the Home Opener.  Watching them walk onto that field as  WS Champions in was something I will never forget.

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Hanging Timmy’s 10th K that day and sitting front row behind the plate  in the Montana’s seats shortly after on mother’s day. Then my life as a Giants fan seemed as though it had come to an end.  I was now going to fulfill my promise to my parents and move to Yuma AZ to assist in caring for my mother who suffers from Parkinson’s.  July 1st I was in the desert of all deserts suffering through the most intense “dry heat” that had me drenched in a not so “dry” sweat that hasn’t subsided in two years.

But wait, what’s this? Chase Field a mere 3 hours away and the Giants were visiting on September 24, 2011 my daddy and I sat front row seats to witness the thrashing of a lifetime!

“A night after winning the West, the D-backs continued their drive for NLDS home field, pounding out six first-inning runs to end the World Series champs’ faint playoff chances — but not before the Chase Field lights went out for a bit.”dbacks crush giants

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I didn’t notice much of much that night except the fact that a team that was defiantly not expected to win had their way with my boys as if they were rag dolls.  Never having left a Giants game early I was only too happy to exit when dad said he was ready and as I passed through the gate the lights went out in Chase Field.  My friends back home still wonder how I managed to make that happen.

Back in Yuma I sat helplessly,  partially blinded by my own sweat running into my eyes, as my team fell to the home team of a state that I did not consider home at all.  After it was over for my team I felt that when I left the bay area I took with me the magic my team had held and the feeling of separation became depressing. I escaped to San Diego in October to a blues festival that featured my favorite bay area band of many years the Tommy Castro Band.  That was a good day but it didn’t last and homesickness set back in.

Then a miracle, I got notice from the Tommy Castro Band that they would be playing in Phoenix in February and  on my 55th birthday! More good news was that Randy McDonald dear friend and bass player was returning to the band.  As a guest of the band I danced all night and woke up the next morning feeling a year younger!  Found a hotel and slowly it dawned on me that I wasn’t in Phoenix, I was in Scottsdale! Blocks away from Scottsdale Stadium and my heart of hearts my baseball team.  Naturally I spent the next day chatting it up with Will Clark, Brandon Belt and was once again surrounded by Giants fans!

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The Lord wasn’t done yet, he arranged for me to attend Opening Day 2012 even though I was far from home! What were that chances?!  The SF Giants would be at Chase Field for Opening Day- a 3 game series vs the D-Backs! My prayers had been answered -I got tickets for all three games, booked a hotel within walking distance of Chase and ventured off by my severely direction-ally  impaired self for what could only be a great adventure.

I followed some other Giants fans from the hotel to the stadium but once inside they went their way and I found myself in enemy territory alone.  I tried to ignore the unfiendly nature of the AZ fans as I made my way to my seat and to my surprise there were no friendly orange & black smiling faces around me.  Ok, well I was close to the Giants dugout and it was opening day it would be great!

I sat politely as the Diamond Backs lined up on the field and were announced backed up by their cheering fans.  I didn’t cheer or clap but I was acting politely appropriate with friendliness on my face & in my demeanor.

Then my San Francisco Giants were announced as they filed on to the field and the ugliness was unleashed! One by one their names were announced only to be drowned out by the booing echoing through the cavernous dome.  I was stunned, I had never imagined this! My team being booed as they were announced on the Opening Day of Baseball Season!  I didn’t recognize it as appropriate behavior and I still don’t but after time I came to realize that I was experiencing an “away” game to it’s full extent for the very first time in my life. I didn’t know it would be like that and it really rocked my world!  It was behavior I would have expected no where except Dodger Stadium. These people hated my team!  It wasn’t long before I realized that they hated me also and I took it very personally.  In my stupid little narrow mind I couldn’t believe they were being so mean to a group of guys that were very special people.  How horrible the players must feel having their opening day moment  overshadowed by disdain and hateful chants.  Poor babies.

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I continued to try to be polite and friendly after all it was their home opener not ours and would never dream of booing any of their players, I didn’t clap when they beat us by one run, but I didn’t boo either. Timmy vs Kennedy we had 11 hits but still were beaten 4-5

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After the game I realized I was totally lost without a clue as to where the entrance was I had entered through. The exit that would take me back to the street just blocks from my hotel.  I asked anybody and everybody for help and was directed to an exit that was no where near the one familiar landmark.  I had a cracked ankle & after many misdirection’s was more confused and lost than ever.  I hadn’t had a thing to drink or eat and finally realizing nobody was going to help me I just sat down to rest & collect myself.  Well, obviously if you have been to a ball game & needed to sit down you were assumed to be intoxicated & was almost arrested.  Forced to get up on my aching ankle & leave the area I didn’t want to be in anyway, I approached a security guard , asking him please if he could just tell me how to get to the street my hotel was on, explaining to him I had no idea where I was in relation to my hotel.  He just walked away into the stadium, then the tears came full force & he finally understood I was not some drunk Giants fan and took me to a quiet spot giving me a map and directions back to my hotel.  This was hours after the game ended it was like you hear about but don’t believe, nobody would help a stranger!

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Back at my hotel I was safe at last devastated, in pain & wondering how I was going to manage to trek that huge stadium through 2 more games.  At least the next games my seats where prime & I could ordered off a menu & be served sparing me from dehydration and rude comments from those I passed by.

Obviously I couldn’t walk on my ankle and found a pedicab the next day to take me to and from the Field but once inside I was forced to walk for what seemed miles to get to my seat.  Again, the booing, and swearing at my boys!  Again we lost by one run. This time it was young Madison that was shelled. Another 4-5

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Game three Affeldt vs Miley

More name calling, booing and general unplesantness.

Sweep!  Giants fall 6-7

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Well I couldn’t bear to stay the night and exhausted in pain I packed up & headed home trusting the GPS because it was getting dark. Well three hours later I stopped for gas & that is when I realized I was in Flagstaff! I had driven three hours in the wrong direction!  So about 6 hours later I found my way home in the wee hours of the morning vowing NEVER EVER EVER to go back to Chase Field again!

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I had a great seat surrounded by some very special SF Giants fans! June 9, 2013 Giants 6 D-Backs 2

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Now we are pretty beaten up

But we love”climbing those mountains”

AND NOW FOR THE “LIGHTER SIDE” Finally  to be continued unfortunately?

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LET’S BREAK THIS TIE TONIGHT!

Today’s home game #26 (17-8) vs the Colorado Rockies

That’s right it’s “Timmy Day”

Tim Lincecum (3-3, 4.70) will go up against Tyler Chatwood (2-0, 2.55) also a right handed pitcher.

THE GIANTS...Have lost six of their last nine games…however,they still enter tonight’s game in a three-way tie for first place in the NL West with Arizona and Colorado.

Giants have gone 10-2 at home this season vs NL West teams and have swept 3 or their 4 series.

Even though Scutaro’s 19 game hit streak came to an end Wed. his streak was the longest hitting streak in the Majors so far this
season. Good job Marco!

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One streak that hasn’t ended for Scutaro is against Colorado, he has hit in every one of his last 15 games against the Rockies since
he left that team to become a Giant.
Nice for him to do so well against his former team who I am assuming would love to have him back. Keep it up tonight Marco your bat
may be the one that is the factor in us taking game one of this three game series.

 

 

 

 

 

 

ON THE MOUND

Timmy Leroy Lincecum
Born on June 15 1984 he made his Major League debut may 6, 2007

In that same year a the age of 24 years old he became the youngest Cy Young winner in either league, since Roger Clemens was 24 in 1986.

Lincecum also became 13th pitcher to win honor with team having sub .500 record.

Only three pitchers had as many strikeout in their sophomore season as Timmy

Lincecum is Giants franchise record holder for number of games pitched with 10-or-more strikeouts (32)
Unfortunatly in 2012 he had just one double-digit strikeout game.

And the most important “SUPPORT TIMMY” stat tonight

Tim earned his 1st Major League victory May 11 in Colorado, defeating Rockies 8-3.

SFG have gone 11-4 in Timmy’s last 15 outings. The Giants 6-3 record behind Lincecum’s start this season BEST among any of our other
starters.

Tim is 65-7 with run support of 3 or more so our bats know what they have to do tonight!

Speaking our our BATS

GOOD NEWS:
SF GIANTS offense goes into the game tonight LEADING the NL with a .272 average.

BAD NEWS:
SF Giants have errors galore! 14 in their past nine games and now with 18 in the past 15 which lead to the unhappy and surprising
stat: 35 errors have tied us for the 3rd most in the league! Screwing up just slightly less than the Cubbies & the Nats.

IN SUMMARY:

LETS GO GIANTS
RUN SUPPORT FOR TIMMY
LET’S BREAK THIS TIE!

Quick Hits for May 18, 2013

Marco “Cute-aro” been deep in my SF Giants heart since the day he joined the team! Let’s go get those Rockies tonight! WIN!

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TONIGHT’S GAME… The Giants’ six-game, seven-day road trip continues tonight with the third game of this four game series against the Rockies… RHP Tyler Chatwood (3-1, 5.13) is slated to face  RHP Tim Lincecum (3-2, 4.07).

Click HERE for today’s complete game notes.

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SO MANY HEROS AS SF GIANTS BLOW THE BRAVES AWAY

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!

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on the mound-always a good thing.     

The “Panda” started us off with a bang in the 1st inning

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In the 4th after a couple of walks

CRAWFORD DOUBLE scoring Posey

Exploding in the 5th 

SCUTARO TRIPLE

POSEY DOUBLE-scores Scutaro

BLANCO DOUBLE scoring Pablo, Posey & Pence 

Exciting again in the 8th

PENCE DOUBLE

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.

(March 17, 1917 – August 24, 2001

And They Say Baseball Is Boring

San Francisco Giants Beat Cubbies 3 out of 4 games at Wrigley!!

First time since 1999!

SF Giant’s come from behind to win 10-7 in 10 innings at Wrigley Field today!

Breaking the jinx that has been held by the Chicago Cubs home field since 1999!

Good job boys! Couldn’t have been better.  Oops, yes it could. Tim Lincecum could have got the win I felt that he deserved.  I love Jeremy Affeldt as I do all the players on this World Championship team but he didn’t help in this aspect.

Hunter Pence came though big time by hitting the home run we needed to tie the game 7-7 in the ninth! This really was what bumped us over to the win. Combine that with Buster Posey’s performance in the 10th and we have the magic we have grown to know and love!

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04-14-1320at20chi20-20notes (1) For complete notes.

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And the wrap…

 
Giants break Camp, hit road

http://sanfrancisco.giants.mlb.com/mlb/gameday/index.jsp?gid=2013_04_14_sfnmlb_chnmlb_1&mode=wrap&c_id=sf

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World Baseball Classic at AT&T!

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SAN FRANCISCO — This year’s World Baseball Classic ends with an accent on the Giants, since the tournament’s championship rounds will be held at their home field, AT&T Park.

Many countries apparently believe that success in the Classic begins with the Giants, too.

Teams from six different nations unveiled provisional rosters Thursday that include at least one player from the Giants organization. The opportunists weren’t shy about which players they sought from last year’s World Series winners, either.

from:
http://sanfrancisco.giants.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?

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