Hi all, happy Sunday.
I’ve been thinking about 2002 a lot lately, for obvious reasons. The 2020 MLB season has been suspended due to the coronavirus, and there’s a decent chance it will be cancelled altogether, marking the first time since 2002 that we haven’t had a season. Wild.
More seriously, this week has been “Sports Moments that Made You Cry” week at SB Nation, and I’ve been thinking about the Giants blowing a lead in the 2002 World Series and losing in the most heartbreaking fashion possible.
Sports have made me cry a lot, but that’s my earliest memory of the San Francisco Giants making me cry. For Game 6 I was in Chicago at my cousin’s wedding. My family and I left before the reception to go back to the hotel and watch the end of the game.
I missed many innings of Game 7 because we were on the flight back. We got in the car once we landed in the Bay Area, and turned on KNBR, just in time to listen to the final innings. I remember reclining the seat in the van and just sobbing as it all ended. In my memory, I cried for the whole drive home, which was a few hours.
I have no idea if I actually did, but that’s how I remember it. It’s certainly how sad I was.
In the last decade I’ve cried plenty of happy tears for the Giants. But when I think of crying while watching baseball, I’ll always think of 2002.
What about you?
Did Barry Bonds hit a home run today?
May 31, 2000: Against the Philadelphia Phillies, Bonds hit a solo home run in the 1st inning off of Paul Byrd. It tied the game 1-1, and the Giants would win 10-4. It was his 20th homer of the year.
May 31, 2004: Against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Bonds hit a solo home run in the 2nd inning off of Casey Daigle. It gave the Giants a 1-0 lead, and they would win 8-4. It was his 14th homer of the year.
Have a great Sunday, one and all.