A championship afternoon

Sunday, Oct. 3

SAN FRANCISCO — Images from one of the biggest days in recent Giants history:

* During the on-field celebration, when it seemed like everybody was embracing each other, manager Bruce Bochy placed his hands on Jonathan Sanchez’s shoulders and spoke to him briefly. I neglected to ask either of them what was said, but it was a fatherly-looking moment. I’m guessing that Bochy said something like, “I’m proud of you,” and for good reason.

* Pat Burrell’s leadership, which we’ve heard so much about, was in full display. Once he beckoned teammates to begin the victory lap around the warning track that gave fans a chance to hand-slap the players, they fell in line almost immediately.

* And it was fitting that the first Giant to return was the team’s fastest player, Andres Torres.

* You saw how jubilant Pablo Sandoval was on the field. It continued during the clubhouse celebration. The champagne being sprayed was Mumm, but the Kung Fu Panda evidently got a hold of a bottle of Dom Perignon, which was empty by the time I saw him. He clutched the bottle while posing for pictures with various combinations of teammates.

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I’ll sound like a homer for saying so, but I believe that the Giants will defeat Atlanta in the Division Series. Their pitching seems to be stronger at this juncture of the season, which makes all the difference. As for the League Championship Series, please wait. I’m taking things step-by-step.

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Torres’ first-inning line drive up the left-field line was so fair it wasn’t funny. It kicked up chalk, for crying out loud!

– Chris Haft

12 Comments

This is my first season with the GIANTS that I began to follow from the very beginning on though I feel so connected to this team as if we’ve been together for ages. I can still remember the first sweep against the Astros this year on the road. I can still remember Aaron Rowand’s walk-off single in the 10th to win the first game at AT&T. I can still remember the GIANTS pitching struggling with Wellemeyer… All this, still as fresh as if it was yesterday.

And the day’s not over yet! Step by step, we’re gonna do this!

GIANTS!!!

I love those little moments; a smile, a pat on the back, exuberant high-fives. If I could have one wish, it would be season tickets to that one seat right next to the dugout, looking in. This group of guys are amazing, from the top down, and I really think that even with some of the leaders this team possesses (Uribe, Huff, Burrell, Wilson) it wouldn’t be the same without Boch’. He’s the perfect man for these guys and he’s shown that multiple times this year. I know the boys appreciate you Bruce, and there are other, wiser, fans out there that do too–keep a steady course skip. Thanks.

Ugh yes, that fair “foul” ball was so obviously fair, the chalk made it especially obvious even if the ump had missed where it landed.

I have been a Giants fan for almost 50 years so believe me this was just about the greatest season in memory. A good team was made even better with the addition of Burrell and others. Getting rid of Molina was tough but promoting Posey made the pitching even better. Bochy and Righetti don’t get the recognition they deserve. Now maybe they will…

So with all post season series being aired either on Fox or TBS, are we done with Kruk and Kuip for the year?????

Does Emmanuel Burriss have any chance of making the postseason roster as a pinch-running threat off the bench (and perhaps a late-inning middle-infield defensive replacement), or will that role go to Darren Ford or Eugenio Velez? (Or will they not take any of them and just use Mike Fontenot as a runner?)

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So with all post season series being aired either on Fox or TBS, are we done with Kruk and Kuip for the year?????
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Kruk & Kuip will be on KNBR for each of the playoff games. SO GET THOSE TVs TURNED DOWN & RADIOs TURNED UP!

These are MY San Francisco Giants and I must say…I’ve been rooting for MY home team since I was a kid. My Dad was cool enough to realize that his sons weren’t into it…so he took ME, a girl, to all the games. He taught me the game, he taught me to love baseball. When I met my future husband, I asked him how he felt about the SF Giants…he had a Crux de Candlestick pin!!! It was a match made in SF Giants’ Heaven. Needless to say…we’ve been married for 25 years and have 2 healthy, Giant’s fan children!!! I’m sooooo proud of MY Giants. woohoo.

I love MY San Francisco Giants. My 86-year old Dad taught me baseball in the 60’s (and I’m a girl), and we always loved hearing, watching, and going to the ballgames @ the Stick. It was our way to connect (I was competing with 6 other siblings). Baseball is more than just a game…it’s a way for families to connect. It’s a way to be preoccupied during the long summer months so you don’t get into trouble. It’s a smart game…names, numbers, stats., what-ifs?…Baseball has taught me so much…but, most of all, it’s taught me to have hope. Anything is possible in baseball…as long as there’s still no outs.

I love MY San Francisco Giants. My 86-year old Dad taught me baseball in the 60’s (and I’m a girl), and we always loved hearing, watching, and going to the ballgames @ the Stick. It was our way to connect (I was competing with 6 other siblings). Baseball is more than just a game…it’s a way for families to connect. It’s a way to be preoccupied during the long summer months so you don’t get into trouble. It’s a smart game…names, numbers, stats., what-ifs?…Baseball has taught me so much…but, most of all, it’s taught me to have hope. Anything is possible in baseball…as long as there’s still no outs.

Great to see the team is coachable, especially to Pat… :)

Buster could work on emulating Yogi Berra a *tad* better… :)

My wife thought I should be taking the guys to Friday’s DS game. It will looking kind of like that, with my taking my youngest daughter, her boy schoolmate, and his father and brothers. This game is for children to enjoy (even those with AARP cards… :) ). Us parents are there to insure they are well fed. :)

Chris Haft…and how about the attempted check swing sometime during the series with David Eckstein.
Even without slow motion – in real time speed his swing looked like an Old Time Baseball Card Swing – the ball missed his bat and hit him on the back leg.
Plate umpire and Base Umpire missed it and he was awarded first base on HBP.

Mike Everett on Sunday did NOT even move other than spinning around. Torres’ line drive was of a slicing variety and Everett had time to get into a better position but chose not to.

The sprayed line is 6 inches across and hit squarely on the chalk – more on the LF side of the 6 inches but clearly fair and clearly chalk flew UP.
Bochy said it was Everett who tossed him the day before and he wanted to stay in the game.

Can it get worse than that. Bottom of first, Giants leadoff hitter and a clearly fair ball is ruled foul!!

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