Well, the Giants have won the World Series for the third time in five years! Among the things I have loved about it:
* I was able to attend all three games in San Francisco, as part of the San Francisco Chronicle’s coverage team. I loved hanging out with old colleagues, especially Al Saracevic, Chronicle sports editor, who made it possible, and Joe Konte, who was the Marin IJ’s city editor when I worked there, and is now the author of The Rivalry Heard ‘Round the World.
* My credential allowed me to go in the clubhouse after games; while many of the stars were mobbed by reporters, I chose to talk to Matt Duffy, who I considered a real unsung hero of Game Four, my favorite Giants win. This game put the lie to the notion now being advanced that the Series was all Madison Bumgarner. Eleven Giants got hits, they came from behind 4-1, and Duffy’s pinch-single started the whole rally rolling. He was incredibly humble and modest. I hope he sticks around.
* My work at the Chronicle will be published this Sunday in a special magazine called Dynasty. It’s for sale for $9.95.
* The San Francisco and Kansas City libraries had a bet on the World Series. If the Royals won, SF would have bought George Brett‘s autobiography. Instead, look at what’s now available for checkout in KC:
— KCMO Public Library (@KCLibrary) November 4, 2014
Lots of great news here at “Giants Past and Present” world headquarters:
I will be updating “Giants Past and Present” to include the great stories of the 2012 World Series Champions! The third edition of the book should be out by Opening Day 2013. I will organize some public events and look forward to celebrating another Giants championship.
If you have any ideas of photos that belong in the book, please let me know! My own favorite is the photo from this post of Marco Scutaro, joyfully drinking in the rain in the waning moments of the clinching seventh game of the NLCS.
In addition, I contributed a few articles to the San Francisco Chronicle’s fabulous 72-page commemorative section on the champs that ran Sunday. My stories:
How do these Giants compare to other great Giant teams of the past? They may not be as great as the Willie Mays-Willie McCovey teams of the 1960s, but with two titles in three years, they may rank even higher. Bill Kent, the leader of the New York Baseball Giants Nostalgia Society, who has seen a few great Giant squads in his day, said this year’s model had the most guts.
The Giants’ success starts on the farm. The Giants managed to win a World Series without going out and signing a bunch of high-priced free agents, a rarity in the modern era. The biggest free agent on the team was Barry Zito, who we had come to think of as the biggest bust before #rallyzito won him a new place in our hearts.
Giant relics from 2012 World Series heading to Hall of Fame. And wouldn’t you rather see the bat Pablo Sandoval used to hit two home runs off Justin Verlander, instead of that Barry Bonds baseball that some knucklehead branded with an asterisk?
And, not that this has anything to do with me or my book, but I had a lot of fun watching Ashkon Davaran‘s new Giants’ video, “We Are the Champions” and thought I’d share it here. (Video is embedded below.) Ashkon’s “Don’t Stop Believin’” video defined the Giants’ run through the 2010 postseason. Falling down the YouTube rabbit hole, I found another pretty funny Giants’ song, “SF Giants Style,” a parody of “Gangnam Style,” the song that took over AT&T Park this fall. It is great to be a Giants’ fan.
Speaking of songs at the ballpark, I was excited to learn that the Fist Pump Granny is actually Giant executive Mario Alioto‘s mother!