On November 1, 2010, the San Francisco Giants won the World Series. As recently as October 31, 2010, the San Francisco Giants had never won a World Series. They were a Willie McCovey line drive away from winning it in 1962. They were a five-run lead away from winning it in 2002. Around those tentpoles of heartbreak, there was a dark, dark void.
And then there was Edgar and Timmy and B-Weezy and oh man we really used to cheer for that guy. It's okay to cheer for him again today, though. It's okay.
Rewatching that seventh inning, I'm reminded that Cody Ross singled on a 1-2 pitch after fouling off Cliff Lee's nastiest curve, and Juan Uribe singled on an 0-2 pitch that was buried on the inside corner. Hitters hit .162/.181/.226 off Cliff Lee in 2010 after they had two strikes. Typical even-year nonsense.
I'm also reminded that Aubrey Huff should have tried to bunt for a hit about once every three at-bats.
About half of the players in both starting lineups have retired. Tim Lincecum is in another phase in his career. Cliff Lee might never pitch again. The Rangers sank to the bottom of the ocean, and then climbed back out to win their division again. So much has happened.
Five years ago, the Giants won their first World Series since moving to San Francisco. It feels like it was 20 years ago. It feels like it was last week. Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm going to watch that whole danged game again, start to finish, because it was one of the best baseball experiences of my entire life.