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October 28 a day like all days filled with those events that alter and illuminate our time. On that day in 2012, thesanfranciscogiantswontheworldseriesagain, for the second time in three years, and for the third time in my life. I have always discounted 1954 as not quite counting since I was born in February of that year and trace the timeline of my love affair to the early 1960’s. This essay is meant to be my tribute to the magical mystery tour this year, a poetic prose of the contrast and a humble attempt to honor the hope, love, life and heart of the San Francisco Giants and my family.

It is an easy team to love, but I would love them anyway. They could employ a Matt in left field and a Mat on the pitching mound and I would love them. This is about love, and love is all you need, all you need is love and I love the San Francisco Giants. I would love them if they lost to Homer Bailey like they should have if some guy with a beautiful name of Brandon didn’t try to take an extra base. I would love them if Misspelled Peralhta had homered in either of his last two at bats and we were now in the midst of yet another historic comeback in the postseason of comebacks. How different my love would feel.

Life throws curve balls at us sometimes. High hard ones too. Not that I could ever hit either one, but it also holds special moments and hope exists while life does. Some days just hold special meanings long after they have passed to history. For me November 1, 2010 was one of the five most significant days of my life, nestled right up there with July 12, 1981, January 3, 1986, June 21, 1986 and May 4, 1991. If I were a man of the mathematical science of baseball I would calculate the percentage of those 5 days to the total of 58 years, eight months and 11 or so days (“or so” probably doesn’t make the cut it in the matrix of mathematical science). From February 17, 1954 to October 28, 2012, graph it and explain how all this was graph-able, figure-out-able and how the universe makes perfect sense and that the inevitability of these events was understandable. But I am not such a man.

I believe in God. Not that I think God cares about which team provided a format for Fox Network to chronicle Ryan Vogelsong’s journey in graphics during a Miguel Cabrera bases loaded, two out at bat in the fifth inning of game 3 (if he did surely he would plant a different idea into someone’s head who could make a difference in the meeting at corporate headquarters that decided that baseball needs something additional to be compelling drama but I digress) (allowable since Fox Network does almost nothing else). And I do not think that he loves Sergio Romo more than Mike Ilitch. I do not think God interferes in what to him must appear a little mundane, a season of major league baseball or a declaration that a team can be champions of the world.

At first, when Brian Wilson went down for this season’s count despair set in. The old familiar if something could go wrong it will go wrong crept into my thinking, comfortable in the chaos, fitting right there like Buster’s broken leg, the earthquake of 1989, the Baker/Mays handshake of 2002 and failure to win 104 games in a time prior to the time when there was a second wild card play-in game or a wild card at all.

My firstborn did not share my take on the injury’s affect on my well-being. “Romo will handle this Dad,” he confidently beyond my comprehension declared. Then I was trolling the internet one day in August when I saw “Melky Cabrera” trending number one on yahoo, clicked on it and read the news, I lamented (losing the Melkmen and Maids hurt me to be honest) and the Red Sox blockbuster brought ADRIAN GONZALEZ back into my baseball life. The Dodgers already had Hanley Ramirez bringing havoc in my fragile serenity and all we had was some retread Oakland A through Denver and a guy the Phillies picked up when they didn’t get the prize Beltran last year. I knew then there was no logical way that the Giants could hang with the Dodgers and win the division which was essential for a postseason run in the era of second wildcard entries.

I also knew, armed with the recent experience of torture never felt so good and the magical mystery ride of 2010 that logic had little to do with it. “There is no logical way we can win the division.” I declared to my third-born, another son. He is 21 and thus a member of the sabermetrics generation that understands WHIP and moneyball, whatever those things mean. I couldn’t get past the return of a Giant Killer and the fear Josh Beckett was mailing it in in Boston and would turn into a right-handed Sandy Koufax for the now unbeatable L.A. Dodgers. I did however concede that the beauty of baseball, indeed the lesson of 2010, was that logic and statistics do not a pennant winner make. And while we are on the lesson of 2010, all a team has to do is make to the playoffs and then insurmountable odds become surmountable, Cliff and Roy and/or Verlander and Fister do not guarantee anything. A pitcher who struggles through fatigue can rekindle the magic. A contract identified as the worst signing in the history of major league baseball can become a bargain, a former shining example of peace and love amidst an illegal smile can find truth and happiness in the bullpen. All things are possible.

Buster, Angel and Gregor carried us through the 50 game suspension. Some of us blamed the Melkmen, some of us gritted and gnashed teeth and cursed Melky. I am not even sure what he took should be a banned substance. Isn’t it what makes a man a man? Buster Posey was Buster Posey. All the money in Hollywood could not deny us the division. Yet, the Nationals and Reds were better poised, and there was an extra team who could burn us. God forbid (he didn’t) if we lose the first game at home let alone the second one….Cincinnati hasn’t lost 3 straight games at home since we got Frank Duffy to back up a young Chris Speier for a younger George Foster in 1971. Mat Latos was waiting. But Buster Posey was Buster Posey. Then the negativity I cannot shake happened again. The Cardinals were gonna deny us when under any format previously existing would have not had them there. Just like a mirror image of the 1990s when in the last possible year that a team could win 103 games and not make the playoffs existed the Giants won 103 games and did not make the playoffs.

Then I remembered its not like that anymore. The lesson of 2010 says all the bounces can go your way. All the calls. All the breaks. Why not? It can happen again, maybe we won’t have to wait a lifetime this time. The talent level of the 2012 version is statistically way better than those adorable castoffs and misfits that changed my last thought on this earth from being one of regret. It just makes no sense that this can take so long to ever happen and then happen again. The Giants didn’t win six in a row all year and now seven games later I confess to some confusion amidst the bliss. But Grant Brisbee and Pablo Sandoval remind me that we must enjoy the moment, we must live the joy. I have and I will never forget 2010 and this is different because it did not save me but I am serene and blessed and full of gratitude. God loves me. This I am sure of. Thesanfranciscogiantswontheworldseriesagain. I can hardly believe it.

My firstborn laughs at my in-game strategy, says “Same as little league Dad, you lead with your heart, I will never forget you and the clipboard.” Just because I like the pitcher pulling back the sacrifice bunt and swinging away, or I root for a home run from Ryan Theroit. My second-born, she just supports my stress and joins my celebration, her “yessssssss” when something good happens sounds so sweet. My wife wonders but endures how I rail at my favorite bear and celebrate his joy. My third-born in obvious youth much like all those little kid Giants fans in the stands who think this happens at least every other year texted me one word from college- DYNASTY! They all share in my love of the San Francisco Giants. My mother thought I was talking about football. My father in law laughs at me because I am not losing money, how can I care so much (even though he does the same thing).

Pablo said it and showed it and wore it on his sleeve. Hunter Pence and Brandon Belt led the bottom half of the lineup with it and not much else. Gregor Blanco and Brandon Crawford brought their A games with it, and Ryan Vogelsong delivered it with attitude on every single pitch he threw. Jeremy Affeldt and Javier Lopez and Santiago Casilla all had it. And no one has more than Matt Cain, except me. I lead with it, I coached with it, I live with it, I root with it and I will take it to my grave. For now and always it bleeds orange and black. Bruce Bochy and Brian Sabean are living my dream. Go Giants. And to the young man who came from San Francisco to the New York Hilton in January 2011 and stood at the front of the line with us , I hope to see you again on the trophy tour in New York City. All because thesanfranciscogiantswontheworldseriesagain.

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