Believe it: The Giants won the World Series

Monday, Nov. 1/Tuesday, Nov. 2

ARLINGTON — Because the Giants hadn’t won a World Series in 56 years, including their entire tenure in San Francisco, their conquest of the Texas Rangers in the 106th Fall Classic meant a lot to many people.

It fulfilled dreams that had been conjured by Willie Mays, Orlando Cepeda, Ruben Gomez, Johnny Antonelli, Willie McCovey, Mike McCormick, Juan Marichal, Jack Sanford, Alvin Dark, Billy Pierce, the Alou brothers, Billy O’Dell, Jim Davenport, Gaylord Perry, Herman Franks, Bob Bolin, Jim Ray Hart, Bobby Bonds, Ken Henderson, Dick Dietz, Charlie Fox, Chris Speier, Tito Fuentes, Dave Kingman, Jim Barr, Gary Matthews, Garry Maddox, John D’Acquisto, Pete Falcone, Bobby Murcer, John Montefusco, Ed Halicki, Joe Altobelli, Bill Madlock, Darrell Evans, Jack Clark, Johnnie LeMaster, Greg Minton, Gary Lavelle, Randy Moffitt, Larry Herndon, Bob Knepper, Vida Blue, Mike Ivie, Joe Morgan, Dan Gladden, Frank Robinson, Atlee Hammaker, Chili Davis, Bill Laskey, Jeffrey Leonard, Bob Brenly, Roger Craig, Will Clark, Kevin Mitchell, Matt Williams, Robby Thompson, Brett Butler, Willie McGee, Dusty Baker, Barry Bonds, Jeff Brantley, Rod Beck, J.T. Snow, Rich Aurilia, Jeff Kent, Robb Nen, David Bell, Benito Santiago, Jason Schmidt, Shawn Estes, Ray Durham, Kirk Rueter, Moises Alou, Mike Matheny, Randy Winn, Dave Roberts, Kevin Frandsen, Aaron Rowand, Fred Lewis, Matt Cain, Barry Zito, Tim Lincecum, Edgar Renteria, Pablo Sandoval, Brian Wilson, Mark DeRosa, Aubrey Huff and Buster Posey.

Not to mention Andre Rodgers, Willie Kirkland, Leon Wagner, Hal Lanier, Cap Peterson, John Pregenzer, Ray Sadecki, Ron Herbel, Bob Burda, Don Mason, Don Carrithers, Jim Willoughby, Steve Ontiveros, Bruce Miller, Joe Strain, Gary Alexander, John Curtis, Allen Ripley, Phil Nastu, Joel Youngblood, Tom O’Malley, Al Holland, Fred Breining, Crazy Crab (Ha! Just wanted to see if you were paying attention), Scott Garrelts, Todd Benzinger, Mark Carreon, Mark Leiter, William VanLandingham, Mark Gardner, Osvaldo Fernandez, Stan Javier, Marvin Benard, Andres Galarraga, Jason Minor, Jim Brower, Matt Herges, Brett Tomko, Scott Eyre, Dan Ortmeier, Jason Ellison, Eliezer Alfonzo, Kevin Correia, Brad Hennessey, Tyler Walker, Eli Whiteside, Jack Taschner, Rajai Davis, Nate Schierholtz, John Bowker, Sergio Romo, Freddy Sanchez, Juan Uribe and Cody Ross.

All brought to you by Russ and Lon, Al Michaels, Hank Greenwald, Ron Fairly, Ted Robinson, Kruk & Kuip, Dave Flemming and Jon Miller.

Who did I leave out?

This is a triumph for Giants fans of all ages and locales. You’ve expressed yourselves from across the globe. It’s fascinating to know that Giants fans exist in far-flung places such as Africa, France and Egypt, besides all 50 states.

Now’s the time to salute the 2010 Giants for bringing San Francisco its first World Series triumph. But save some applause for yourselves. You, the fan, deserve credit for hanging in there (that was the unfortunate 1983 ad campaign slogan, remember?) through all these years.

If you’re at or around retirement age, you remember the end of the 1959 season, including the ill-fated day/night doubleheader against the Dodgers and George Altman’s game-winning homer at Chicago. This is for your enduring more than a half-century of heartache.

This is for those who accepted Candlestick Park when it opened in 1960 — and afterward.

This is for the fans who survived that roller-coaster ride of a 1962 season. But how exciting it must have been!

This is for those of you who stuck with the team through the Cepeda-Sadecki trade. How dismayed you must have felt!

This is for anybody who put up with those five consecutive second-place finishes from 1965 through 1969.

This is for those who endured the declines of Mays, McCovey and Marichal and withstood the shock when they were traded. Traded. My God, I don’t care how old he was, how little he had left in the tank or how much money he was owed. How can you trade Willie Mays?

This is for those who managed to derive enjoyment from the rest of the 1970s. The 1973 season was promising and the 1978 season was rousing. Otherwise …

This is for the fans who wondered what the heck they were going to do with themselves during the 1981 work stoppage.

This is for you optimists whose hopes soared with the 1982 season — and whose hopes were shattered by the following three years.

This is for those of you whose faith was restored by Al Rosen, Roger Craig, Will Clark and Robby Thompson.

This is for anybody who experienced pure, unadulterated euphoria when the 1987 team ended a 16-year postseason drought — and whose souls were crushed by Jose Bleepin’ Oquendo.

This is for those who never gave up when it looked like the team was moving to Toronto (1976), Denver (1986) and, worst of all, Tampa Bay (1992).

This is for all of you who never budged from your seat at Candlestick or AT&T or in front of the television when Barry Bonds came to bat.

This is for those who felt glory was imminent in 1993 and dealt with the deep disappointment afterward.

This is for those who maintained hope from 1994-96, and who received their reward in 1997 — which seems to remain general manager Brian Sabean’s favorite year.

This is for the thousands who kept coming back for more during the 1997-2004 renaissance.

This is for you folks who felt, even though it was such an inadequate, unpleasant place, you just had to go to the last game at Candlestick.

This is for the many who stuck it out through Bonds’ waning days from 2005-07 and the transition that had begun.

This is for those whose inner pilot light was re-lit the instant Tim Lincecum took the mound for the first time. He brought so much hope, didn’t he?

This is for the attentive ones who knew that 2009 was a harbinger of bigger and better things.

This is for those of you who yelled, screamed, cheered and came to the park so often this year. J.T. Snow called you the “Candlestick people.” And this is for anyone who realizes that’s a compliment.

Most of all, this World Series is for you tough yet sensitive, hardy yet idealistic souls who NEVER, EVER gave up — not even when your biggest heroes grew old or were traded, not when your favorite team looked like it was going to leave, not when you wondered whether the Giants would ever win it all.

You knew it was worth it no matter what. Just being a Giants fan was enough. You saw Marichal’s kick, Will Clark’s swing, Bonds’ Splash Hits and Mays’ magic.

Now that the Giants are World Champions — no, this isn’t a dream — make sure to savor it.

– Chris Haft

16 Comments

I was there in 1960 when Candlestick opened.
I was there at the 1960 All-Star Game at Candlestick
I was there when the Great Willie Mays hit his 512th Homer
I was there when Willie McCovey hit Homers off the Scoreboard in Centerfield
I was there when Willie McCovey hit homers OVER the Scoreboard in Centerfield
I was there when Juan Marachal and Gaylord Perry would pitch their masterpieces
I played hookie from school so I could stay home and watch the Giants-Dodgers 1 game playoff in 1962 and went crazy when Don Drysdale WALKED in the winning run!
==> Thank You GIANTS! You’ve made one Life long fan very, very happy!! Congratulations!!!

Hmmm , I didnt happen to notice the name of one of , if not, the most inspirational player to ever pull on a Giants jersey. Dave Dravecky.

I was 9 years old when they came to San Francisco and I was a real baseball nut it has been a long and sometimes sad road but hey, we all knew the Giants would do it some day and I am in awe right now.
I have to say this article really tugs at my heart strings and a shout out for Dave Dravecky too, a real inspiration.
Having played against Dusty Baker in High School one of the hardest things in the world for me was when he was a Dodger but it all came together when her was Managing our Giants, I truly feel this World Championship is for every single man that ever wore the SF Giants uniform.
Thank you guys from the bottom of my heart!
Bruce

YAAAAAAAY Giants! Thanks for a GREAT season!
– From a SoCal fan!

From a younger fan (21) who remembers going to games at Candlestick with his father and grandfather, who grew up cheering for Jeff Kent, Shawn Estes, Rob Nenn, and Rich Aurilia, who still remembers seeing AT&T Park for the first time (when it was called Pacific Bell Park), who was crushed by the 2002 World Series and that darned rally monkey, who was furious with Jeff Kent for donning the white and blue and who welcomed him back in the end, who watched the club transform through Bonds’ departure, who was wowed by Lincecum, Cain, and Posey, who has followed nearly every game and trade since moving to Colorado in 2006 and then Washington D.C in 2010, and who has been riding on Phillies, Yankees, and Texas fans all this postseason:

This could not have been a more perfect year, or a more perfect team. Thank you for fulfilling a dream of mine (and my family’s) since I was old enough to remember the chilly summers of San Francisco and the smell of the sea in Candlestick’s parking lot. Thank you for showing how a team can combine chemistry, energy, patience, and smarts to make it all the way. Thank you for showing that the underdog CAN win it all, and that baseball cannot be tamed or predicted. Thank you for showing that baseball remains, the greatest, most American sport played today.

Thank you, San Francisco Giants!!!

WOOO HOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!

I wear my Tell It Goodbye ticket holder to every game (except those where I manage to forget it at home). I was wearing my cap with the Tell It Goodbye pin when they won yesterday.
Here’s to my father who would leave the stands to get food and drink for me at the ‘Stick.
Here’s to my mother who watched over me while my father got that food and drink, and my eldest daughter while I got food and drink for her. She wondered why both of us didn’t stay in the stands.
You’ll find many more things over on my blog.

I’ve only been a baseball fan for one season and I’m so proud to be part of this legacy with the Giants. This was a perfect look back at all the struggles (and now the triumph) of San Francisco. We did it!!!!

Chris, though I’m new here at mlblogs, I’ve enjoyed your posts. This one hits home just like the Giants celebrating near the pitcher’s mound after the final out last night. As a fan since August 1962, I believed that one day we would be bringing home the trophy. Tomorrow, many Giants’ fans will either be live or watching the parade on television.Keep up the blogs. In 2011, for the first time in San Francisco history, we’ll be defending the coveted crown. GO GIANTS!

I was at Candlestick when the start of an inning (can’t remember which inning) was delayed because of…. FOG. I was there when Frank Robinson lined up the shortstop, in front of Chili Davis and just behind the 2nd baseman so they could corral one of Johnny Rabb’s errant throws to second before the start of an inning.

Terry Whitfield, Max Venable, Billy North, Mike Benjamin, Jose Uribe, Rennie Stennett, Milt May, Darren Lewis, Randy Johnson, Elias Sosa, Dave Rader, Roger Metzger, Ron Bryant, Al Oliver, Terry Mulholland… so many names. So many left.

I have been a fan since, well, a long time ago and am just thrilled about the World Series Victory!! I live in Montana and have been able to see the Giants play on MLB.TV as well as getting to see them at AT & T Park this summer! It was on July 31 when Pat Burrell hit the 2-run homer to take the 2nd game with the Dodgers! I remember the heartache of 2002 and 1989 clearly and not so much for the ones before but this is the BEST!! You guys were so awesome!! I wasn’t sure how to act, but it’s coming quickly!! Can’t wait till next year.

Way to go 2010 Giants!! I have been a fan since, well, a long time ago. I live in Montana and have been lucky enough to get to see the Giants play at a few different parks including AT&T this past summer. It was on July 31 when Pat Burrell hit the 2-run homer to beat the Dodgers!! It was so awesome! I haven’t been sure how to act since this is the first time in my life MY TEAM won the World Series but it’s coming very quickly!! You guys did a fantastic job-and proving most of the sportswriters wrong about what it takes to win it all!! Let’s get ready for next year.

Thank you [tearing up], I still cannot believe it. The dream is finally a reality.

Hi my name is Ran-D, and Hip Hop & R&B Artist from Sacramento, Ca. I recently written performed, edited a song and music video called “Say Hey” for the San Francisco Giants winning the World Series, in honor of Willie mays The “Say Hey Kid”.

Here is the link

http://www.youtube.com/therandystyle

“Say Hey”

Thank you for your time and enjoy this music video tribute to the San Francisco Giants winning it all. Savor It.

Sincerely Ran-D

Email: therandystyle@yahoo.com

Hi my name is Ran-D, and Hip Hop & R&B Artist from Sacramento, Ca. I recently written performed, edited a song and music video called “Say Hey” for the San Francisco Giants winning the World Series, in honor of Willie Mays The “Say Hey Kid”.

Here is the link

http://www.youtube.com/therandystyle

“Say Hey”

Thank you for your time and enjoy this music video tribute to the San Francisco Giants winning it all. Savor It.

Sincerely Ran-D

Email: therandystyle@yahoo.com

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