Sports Blog: Taking a moment to savior the Series
October 28, 2010 2:58 PM
Yesterday, before game one of the World Series, other than John Legend singing "The Star-Spangled Banner," and Tony Bennett serenading Giants fans with "I Left My heart in San Francisco," a big part of the celebration centered around former Giants greats coming onto the field to throw out the first pitches.
Seeing living legends such as Willie McCovey, Juan Marichal, Orlando Cepeda on the field (and Barry Bonds, seated in the front row), reminds many longtime Giants fans how ironic it is that this year's Giants club is so close to doing something that none of those other players were able to accomplish in San Francisco: Win a championship!
There have been only a handful of times that watching pro sports has made me cry. The 2002 Giants losing the World Series to the Angels after being on the edge of victory is one of the most vivid, especially since I was around grown men, who were also in tears. Part of the sadness was not only because we should have won, but because the loss meant Bonds would likely never win a Championship. Yup, the Bay Area is about the only corner of the world that would show pity for Bonds. I only wish we could put him on the roster this year. He could probably still do as good a job pinch-hitting as Travis Ishikawa (no offense to him).
This band of "misfits" that make up the 2010 Giants has no true star player. The number of things that have clicked at just the right time are just too overwhelming to list. Andres Torres developing a timing mechanism with his front foot during the past off-season, have made him a far better left-handed hitter, Cody Ross providing am insane hitting streak at just the right time and Madison Bumgarner having ice in his veins at the age of 21 are just a few to name.
All the sudden Brian Sabean, the long ridiculed Giants' General Manager, looks like a genius for his host of midseason moves that have worked out well. And Bruce Bochy's fearlessly managing through the playoffs, seamingly without letting emotion or ego play any part in his decisions, are some of the other unforeseen qualities that have the Giants on the doorstep of being the most unlikely big-league team to win it all since the 1969 Miracle Mets.
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