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Right Team, Wrong City

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The San Francisco Giants are currently playing a 3-game series in Chicago against the Cubs at Wrigley Field. Seeing the Giants playing in Chicago brings up a lot of memories for this fan of the Orange and Black. (Eric, so you know who’s writing this post). And this series means a little more to me than most.

I’ll back up a little. If you’re a regular listener of the podcast, you know that I currently live on a farm in Georgia and grew up in the Chicago area. You may have asked yourself, how did this guy become a fan of the San Francisco Giants?

The short answer, is my father grew up in New York cheering for the Giants and Willie Mays and then he and my mother moved to the Chicago area in the early 1970’s. I came along at the end of that decade. I was born into Giants fandom. Continue reading

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This Week In San Francisco Giants History: The Never Ending Doubleheader

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Hall of Famer Gaylord Perry – San Francisco Giants | Photo: MLB.com

The Giants left for San Francisco in 1958. Because of their move, along with the Dodgers jump to LA, New York was awarded an expansion franchise in 1962. Thus, the Mets were born. Fun fact about the Mets, their uniform colors being orange and blue is a nod to the Giants and Dodgers who left town. That’s what I’ve always known and apparently it’s true.

There were still Giants fans left in the city of New York. My father was one of them, and he’s the reason I want to write about a Sunday doubleheader at Shea Stadium in 1964. He was there, and this is one of the stories I grew up listening to that made me a Giants fan today. Who knows if the account I was given was totally true, but who cares? It’s Giants lore, and I ate it up. Let’s dig in to the day. Continue reading

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This Week In San Francisco Giants History: Angel Pagan’s Mad Dash

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Angel Pagan scores the winning run on an inside-the-park home run to beat the Rockies in May 2013. | AP Photo

Six years ago today, the San Francisco Giants had one of the most memorable regular season wins in the history of Oracle Park. On May 25, 2013, Angel Pagan blessed us with one of the most exciting plays in baseball, the inside-the-park home run. This moment was even more special because it won the game in extra innings. Let’s watch it.

Remember where you were for this? I do. I’ll never forget watching this game. Watch for Tim Flannery’s reaction. I’m not sure anyone was happier than him that day. Including Pagan. And as you can see, Angel was PUMPED UP. Continue reading

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This Week In San Francisco Giants History: Willie’s Hit Parade

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San Francisco Giants Outfielder Willie Mays grabs a balloon during a parade on April 14, 1958 to welcome the team after their move from New York. – AP Photo

Welcome back to another This Week In San Francisco Giants History. After a week off to take care of the present day, we’re back with another peek at a fascinating moment in Giants history.

If you missed any of the previous installments in this series, you can click the links below to check them out.

TWIGH: Opening Day Timmy | Zito Loves Coors | California Baseball Begins | Robby Hits For The Cycle | The Comeback

Willie Mays is the greatest player in the history of baseball. You can’t convince me otherwise. I’m a Giants fan. Always have been, always will be. So, with all due respect to Babe Ruth, Mike Trout and Pablo Sandoval, Mays will always be at the top of the list. I’m subjective, and I don’t care. You try growing up with stories about that man and not feel the same. When my dad talked about Willie, he went to a place of wonderment and joy as he relived the moments he saw in his head from childhood. You could see it in his eyes. I’m biased, and I think I’ve established that. Continue reading

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Last Time Yankees Visited San Francisco: A Photo Walk Down Memory Lane

I promised during our last podcast that I would post photos that I took when I attended the Yankees vs. Giants game on June 24, 2007, the last time the Yanks visited SF before this past weekend series. But, then I took the family to Tahoe, we saw Endgame, and life happened.

I finally dug out those old photos from the dusty Drobo and have posted a selection below. My god. I have photos of not just Bonds and Clemens, but Hideki Matsui, Derek Jeter, Bobby Abreu, Jorge Posada, Omar Vizquel, Alex Rodriguez, Mike Mussina, Joe Torre and others. A who’s who of Hall of Famers and should be Hall of Famers.

The Giants won that day, 7-2. Roger Clemens came in for relief and ended up walking Bonds. It was a very rare relief appearance for the Rocket.

Anyway, I’d like to remember this day over the past weekend sweep. Box score is here. Revel in the recent history of Yankees vs. Giants baseball!

 

Below is a 7 photo series of a single hit by Barry Bonds in his first AB against Mike Mussina and the New York Yankees on June 24, 2007. Photos by Chad King.

 

 

Below is a 3 photo series of a swing by Derek Jeter against the Giants on June 24, 2007. Photos by Chad King.

 

Below is Roger Clemens delivering a pitch in a very rare relief appearance. Photos by Chad King.

 

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Barry Bonds catching a fly ball in left field in front of his tribute fence marquee. Omar Vizquel is in the foreground. This photo was taken by Chad King on June 24, 2007 when the Giants faced the Yankees.

 

Unfortunately, my telephoto lens couldn’t quite fit both Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds completely within the same frame, so here are a few shots that you can piece together in your mind during their historic meeting. Bonds ended up walking.

 

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Joe Torre coming to the mound to take out Mike Mussina when the Yankees faced the Giants on June 24, 2007. Photo by Chad King.

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Joe Torre leaving the mound after taking out Mike Mussina when the Yankees faced the Giants on June 24, 2007. Photo by Chad King.

 

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Alex Rodriguez swings at a pitch against the San Francisco Giants on June 24, 2007. Photo by Chad King.

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Mike Mussina of the Yankees delivers a pitch with Alex Rodriguez ready at third on June 24, 2007. Photo by Chad King

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Hideki Matsui of the Yankees bats against the SF Giants on June 24, 2007. Photo by Chad King.

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Jorge Posada of the Yankees bats against the SF Giants on June 24, 2007. Photo by Chad King.

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Bobby Abreu of the Yankees bats against the SF Giants on June 24, 2007. Photo by Chad King.

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Mike Mussina of the Yankees delivers a pitch against the SF Giants on June 24, 2007. Photo by Chad King.

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Barry Bonds had 749 homeruns on June 24, 2007 when the Giants faced the Yankees. Photo by Chad King.

 

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This Week In San Francisco Giants History: Opening Day 2010

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This season I will be rolling out a “This Week In San Francisco Giants History” every Wednesday. It will be fun to look back on some memorable moments in Giants history so I hope you enjoy these glimpses into the past.

April 5, 2010 – The Beginning Of A Golden Era In San Francisco

Coming off an 88 win campaign in 2009, the 2010 Giants were expected to be a competitive bunch. After all, they were returning the 2-time, back-to-back Cy Young Award winner in Tim Lincecum. Don’t forget about Pablo Sandoval either, in 2009 he finished 2nd in the NL in batting with a .330 average.

Things were looking up for the ball club heading into 2010 and Opening Day did not disappoint. The Giants began the season in Houston against the Astros. This was back when the Astros were still an NL team. 2010 was the start of a current streak of 10-straight seasons the Giants have started on the road.

Reigning Cy Young award winner Tim Lincecum got the ball for the Giants and Roy Oswalt took the hill for the Astros. Continue reading

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SF Giants Opening Day 2019

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It’s here! The 2019 San Francisco Giants season begins today in San Diego. After what seemed like an eternal offseason full of tragedy and embarrassment, we finally get to focus on the diamond and watch the Giants play baseball for the next 6 months.

Usually I try to put together some previews before the season and we generally have an idea who is on the team. This year has not been the same. I have absolutely no feel for what kind of team the Giants will be in 2019.

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The only certainty at this point, is Bruce Bochy is retiring after this season and I’m damn sure going to miss him. I’ll get to him before the home opener. Continue reading

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Let’s Get This Party Started!

San Francisco Giants Pablo Sandoval Opening Day Torturecast

Opening Day is only 48 days away!

San Francisco Giants Opening Day is 48 short days away. That’s less than 7 weeks. Seven! Pitchers and catchers are reporting to Scottsdale next Wednesday the 13th, and full squad workouts start on Tuesday, February 19th. Cactus League play gets underway Saturday, February 23 in Tempe against the Angels.

There’s all your important dates for markers leading up to the season. The one I didn’t mention is Fan Fest, which kicks off this weekend at Oracle Park. Whoa. Typing “Oracle” instead of “AT&T” was a little weird there. Will get used to that.

Anyway, Fan Fest. That’s this weekend at Oracle Park. It’s usually the kick off point for any Giants baseball season. Continue reading

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SF Giants Super Subs

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When a line drive struck the pinky of Madison Bumgarner’s left hand, there was some concern among the fan base that we’d be looking at another 2017. Even with the new additions via trade, San Francisco Giants fans were not sold that the 2018 club is a winning one.

On our season preview show, we laid out the possibility that if the Giants could just hang around .500 until Bumgarner returned, they’d have a shot at winning the NL West, and short of that a spot in the NL Wild Card crapshoot game.

Last week, with the Giants at exactly .500 (30-30), the great conquering hero Madison Bumgarner returned to the rotation against the DBacks at AT&T Park. Continue reading

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SF Giants Torture Report: Who wants to win the NL West?

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The San Francisco Giants currently sport a 24-26 record, good enough for third place in the tightly packed NL West. At the moment, Colorado holds first place by a half game over Arizona. The Giants are 2 games back, and LA is just another game and a half behind the Giants. That’s four teams, all within 3.5 games of each other.

The Giants have been stuck in 3rd place since beating LA on Friday, April 27. That victory moved the Giants to 12-13 and 6 games back of the DBacks. Apparently, no team wants to run away with this division. All 4 contenders in the west have struggled in May. Continue reading

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