We are the Champions

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.

* I had a successful book event with the Stanford Alumni Club of Marin at Il Davide restaurant in San Rafael, and was interviewed on ESPN Radio and on Sports Byline USA.

* 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:

As promised, @SFPublicLibrary – Now available for checkout: @SanFranDan‘s GIANTS book http://t.co/OWFjZZCt9k pic.twitter.com/F8aigwF9rL

— KCMO Public Library (@KCLibrary) November 4, 2014