I was born in the San Francisco Bay Area in the 1960’s, and attended my first Giants’ game at the age of 4 in 1968. My first ever recollection of professional baseball, occurred while attending a game that year at Candlestick Park. Hall of Famer Willie Mays was at bat and hit a scorching line drive about 5 feet off of the ground, headed for center field. The umpire was positioned directly behind second base, about 10 yards off of the infield in short center field. This ball was hit so hard that the umpire didn’t have ample time to move out of the way and was struck in the chest, knocking him onto his back. Willie Mays, although approaching the end of his incredible career, still had it! Wow!
I remember many evenings listening to Giants’ broadcasts on the radio as I laid in bed at night, nodding off to sleep. I was introduced to radio broadcasts by the late Giants Hall of Fame broadcaster Lon Simmons. I’ll always remember his excited voice and homer call, “…tell it goodbye!” We’re dedicating this season’s blog to Lon’s memory. He is missed and will always be a large part of the Giants’ history in San Franscisco.
Although there have been many memorable decades since the team moved west in 1958, the intent of this blog is to mostly focus on the current state of the World Champion San Francisco Giants. My hope is that my point of difference will be the fact that I currently reside in New York. My opinions on all things related to the Giants will not be influenced by the local SF media. Instead, I will share my love for the Giants from NY, as I follow the team on MLB.com and live broadcasts.
If you’re a Giants fan and can’t get enough like me, I hope you’ll come along for the ride as we look forward to defending another championship season in 2015!