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Saturday BP: Remembering 2010

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As our 2010 MLB postseason rewatch concludes, it’s time to think about our favorite memories from that season.

2010 San Francisco Giants Team Photo

If you’ve been rewatching the 2010 postseason with us, then you’re probably excited for tonight. Tonight at 6 p.m. PT we’re rewatching Game 5 of the 2010 World Series between the San Francisco Giants and Texas Rangers.

Sorry to spoil things, but this is a good one. This is where it all gets concluded, and the Giants get their first trophy since moving to San Francisco.

For those who aren’t good at math, this year is the tenth anniversary of that special team. There’s a pretty good chance that the coronavirus will sap us of the ten-year reunion, which is a bummer (though I’m sure the team will be recognized and honored whenever baseball with fans can resum). I wanted more Tim Lincecum content. More Juan Uribe content. More Matt Cain and Javier Lopez and Brian Wilson and Edgar Renteria and Freddy Sanchez content (sidenote: Madison Bumgarner is the only player who appeared on the 2010 Giants who is still in the league, but not playing for the Giants).

I’ve been reflecting on 2010, 2012, and 2014 a lot, and the more I do, the more I realize that the lasting memories aren’t necessarily the most important plays, or even the final plays. They’re the weirder moments, the unsung heroes, and the little bursts that reminded you why you love sports, why you love baseball, and why you follow teams.

So I ask, what’s your favorite thing about the 2010 Giants? A player, a play, a game, a pitch, a moment between pitches. Anything. They’re all special. There are no wrong answers.

Did Barry Bonds hit a home run today?

Duh.

April 25, 1993: Against the Montreal Expos, Bonds hit a solo home run in the 8th inning off of John Wetteland. It gave the Giants a 3-1 lead, and they won 4-1. It was his 5th home run of the year.

April 25, 1996: Against the Atlanta Braves, Bonds hit a solo home run in the 6th inning off of Mike Bielecki. It gave the Giants a 7-0 lead, and they would win 8-0. It was his 7th home run of the year.

April 25, 2006: Against the New York Mets, Bonds hit a solo home run in the 2nd inning off of Steve Trachsel. It tied the game 1-1, but the Giants would lose 4-1. It was his 2nd home run of the year.

April 25, 2007: Against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Bonds hit a 3-run home run in the 1st inning off of Randy Wolf, scoring Todd Linden and Rich Aurilia. It gave the Giants a 4-0 lead, and they would win 6-4 (Beat LA). It was his 7th home run of the year.

Giants links

Roger Munter on the organization’s RHP depth (There R Giants)

Grant Brisbee continues his countdown of the best home runs in SF Giants history, with 40-36 (The Athletic, subscription required)

Alex Pavlovic on what the Giants can learn from the Washington Nationals’ World Series run (NBC Sports Bay Area)

Andrew Baggarly on what Giants players are doing to sharpen their tools while quarantined (The Athletic, subscription required)

Brittany Ghiroli explores how the MLB standings would change if baseball had ties (The Athletic, subscription required)

Video: What Duane Kuiper misses about sports (NBC Sports Bay Area)

Bruce Jenkins discusses Joan Ryan’s book “Intangibles: Unlocking the Science and Soul of Team Chemistry,” and how Aubrey Huff fell out with the Giants (SF Chronicle)

Shaun O’Neill lists the player with the top hit tool on each NL West team (MLB)

Jay Dela Cruz on the Giants and other Bay Area teams donating 50,000 masks and bandanas (NBC Sports Bay Area)