Me and the Giants

I’m not much of a sports fan, a fact that tends to make me the odd male out at family gatherings and such.

But at one time, long ago, I spent a lot of time at Candlestick Park watching the San Francisco Giants.  Way back when their logo was something like this:

Thanks largely to my aunt and my grandmother, I went to a lot of Giants games in my youth.

It was a hard time to be a Giants fan.  Not that it is ever really easy.  But I got to see a lot of great players.  I saw Willy Mays get his 3,000th hit.  I saw Willie McCovey play his last professional game at home. (A double header, where he got a double that brought in the run to win the first game.  Then, in Giants style, they lost the second.)  I’ve been to two All Star games, including the last one that was held at Candlestick Park.

And over the years that I was a fan in good standing, a member of the Giants Boosters, and a regular attendee at games, I always wanted two things.

I wanted to see the Giants win the World Series and I wanted to see a cross-bay World Series between the Giants and the Oakland A’s.

I got to see the cross-bay series back in 1989.  But the Giants got stomped.

When the A’s are good, they are really good.  And when they’re bad, they’re really bad.  That year they were good.

Of course, the less said about the 2002 World Series the better.  So close.

Now however, for only the third time in my life, the Giants are actually in the World Series.  And they got into the playoffs on the last game too.

So now we’ll see, will my childhood desire to see my favorite team win the World Series finally come to pass.

They certainly looked good in the first game.  11 to 7 is a pretty strong win.

Oddly enough, the last Giants game I actually went to, they also won with 11 points.

Now they just need to win three more games.

9 thoughts on “Me and the Giants

  1. Toldain

    Consider yourself lucky for those three World Series. I’m a Seattle Mariners fan. I saw their first professional game, which they lost 7-0 to the Angels.
    I’m 3000 years old and my team still hasn’t been to the World Series. But I still have my fabulous red hair.

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  2. Kinzlayer

    As another long time Giants’ fan, I feel your pain. I’m not counting my eggs before they hatch but I’m hoping we break this 46 years drought. BTW, I’m still extremely bitter about the ’89 series, I content that the A’s won that year because they were ‘roiding it up… wasn’t that the year where Big Mac got big and Canseco got more pumped? Nevermind their badass pitching lineup or their great bullpin but I will go the the grave hating those A’s.

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  3. Wilhelm2451 Post author

    @SynCaine – Ermm… runs… 11 home runs. Look at the header image! Stop looking at me!

    @Kinzlayer – 56 year drought. I used to look at that World Series plaque they had in the Stadium Club back at Candlestick. Access to the club was one of the Giants Boosters perks. 1954 was the last World Series win for the Giants.

    @Toldain – Oh yeah, this is just my own tale of desire. It isn’t like I am trying to measure my woe against a Cubs fan. The Giants are rarely ever in the cellar like, say, the Twins used to be back before they built their miracle inducing stadium. The Giants are just the only sports team to which I feel any strong attachment, so it is good to see them in contention.

    And like I wrote, I only had two big sports wishes, and I got one in my lifetime already.

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  4. girlgrey

    I just wanted to be that chick who almost got her head chopped off by the loose bat… what a great story that would have been. “One time, when I was at the World Series, I almost had my head lopped off by a flying bat!”

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