Tuesday, August 05, 2014

One Last Time in Candlestick

San Francisco's Park and Rec opened up Candlestick one last time for fans on Sunday, August 3rd.  A tour of the locker rooms used by the Giants and 49ers was offered, and there were a variety of carnival-type rides available as well, and food trucks galore.  In addition, the field was open for autographs with some minor Giants and 49er celebrities (Bill Laskey, not sure 49ers, Dennis Brown?, though I did see Dave Dravecky getting interviewed, wish I could see that video), as well as the 49er's Gold Rush girls.  Lou Seal was there and so was the 49er Miner.  No Crazy Crab for one last performance, unfortunately.  People could try to kick a field goal, and there was a section of seats, which can be bought with autographs from Giants and 49er greats, up front where people could get selfies of themselves in seats one last time.

ogc thoughts

My wife was very thoughtful to get tickets for the family.  But teenagers being what they are, they grumbled until they got out of it, so it was my wife and I on a date to see Candlestick one last time.

Memories of The Stick

Since it it is being torn down, we thought it would be nice to see the place one last time before it's gone forever.  When we entered, they gave away pins that said "The Stick".  That evokes word association with another SF landmark, "The Rock," perhaps that was intentional since Alcatraz, or "The Rock", was a federal prison on an island.  I was happy as they will now go with my Croix de Candlesticks I have on my hat.  Then we got the "selfie" (well, there were a lot of kind volunteers taking pictures for people, but some took selfies) and went in.  Here are some of my Candlestick memories.

First Time at the Stick

I don't recall my first game there or any details, other than it was against Pittsburgh, a coincidence with the future, as we'll see.  Must not have had any exciting action or conclusion, I'm sure I would have remembered if any of the players I liked in the period did anything memorable.  My Dad took me there and I thought it would be the first of many, as I already loved baseball, but fate had other plans, as he passed away before my 16th birthday.

First and only football game at the Stick

This one was memorable for a number of reasons.  My uncle is a huge 49ers fan, he and his group of friends had shared tickets for probably 50-60 years before age caught up with them.  He happened to have an extra ticket and asked me to go with him.  As you'll see, it is easy for me to find the date, even though I don't remember the date:  it was 1984, the Niners were charging hard to win the Super Bowl again (which they did, Go Niners!), and it was against Pittsburgh.

But that is not why it was easy to find:  it was the only loss the Niners had in the season, they went 15-1 before winning each playoff game and then winning the Super Bowl.  I took that as an omen, being a superstitious sports fan, and never tried to make another football game, and perhaps my uncle might have thought the same, as he never asked me to another game.

My First Date at the Stick

I had met this girl at a picnic - our mutual friends arranged for each of us to be the third wheel - and when I finally got her number from my friend (long story), I asked her to go to a Giants game (I regularly got quarter season tickets) as our first date, which I realize now, I had no idea whether she was interested in sports or not.  Because it was clear during the game that she was kind of lost and I had to explain things to her.

The game was kind of a bummer too, with the Dodgers whumping us, scoring 7 runs in the first three innings, and soon it was the bottom of the ninth, and we were down 7-3.  And just like that, the Giants went on an offensive outburst, each hitter got on base, getting some sort of hit, and before you knew it, exciting finish to the game, the Giants won 8-7, not even one out recorded.  When the screaming started, she was wondering what was happening and I told her that we won the game!

As I was looking at her in the excitement, I thought about what it would be like to be with her forever.  And ultimately, I didn't need to wonder, we continued dating, got married, and we have two wonderful kids!  Still F-ing happy after all these years...

My First World Series Game at the Stick

After all those years of futility, my Giants finally made the World Series, and I made sure to get tickets.  I also went out and bought a handheld portable TV so that I could watch the game (and replays) while sitting in the stands.  I decided to ask my brother, even though he has never been a sports fan, and honestly, I didn't expect him to accept, but he surprised me (as he often does) and chose to go.  He reasoned, rightly, what are the odds of another Bay Area World Series game, so he had to go, but little did he know how rare it would be.

Yes, we went to the Earthquake game.   I drove us to my special park spot - long walk to the park, but it was the first ones just before the gate, as I figured out soon after buying quarter season tickets, that it don't matter how much walking you do before the game, but it did matter where you parked when you tried to leave when 50,000 of your closest friends wanted to leave too.  If you park close to the park, basically, you have to wait out for every aisle to let cars in, making your exit about as slow as can be.  But if you park close to the gate, with your car pointed at the gate, backed into the spot, you can drive straight out of the park, with very little waiting for other cars to take their turn in front of you, as I could find a small opening and dart in and then quickly out the gate, and on my way back home.   However, today, it didn't matter, ultimately.

We got to our seats, upper deck (I normally had lower reserve seats, straight walk from car, down center lane, into gate, straight up escalator, through the doors, and then I sit down, very efficient), right side of this huge windowed area, I'm guessing that is where the media sat.  I set up my portable handheld radio, got myself comfy, and we waited for the game to start.

Then suddenly, it hit, and the entire stadium shook for what seemed to be a long time.  A few light fixtures overhead broke loose and dangled, but the stadium looked OK.  I stood up like an idiot and gave out a loud war yell, like we had triumphed over the earthquake, because the place was still standing.

Soon, it hit us how severe the earthquake was.  I think we were told to stay where we were.  Players were all hanging out on the field with their families.  Some fans came in and said that the parking lot liquified, as the earthquake hit, a Porsche rolled on a wave of asphalt and rose above the large truck next to it.  Others talked about damage in certain parts of the park.

I used my handheld TV to watch the news and see what was happening.  I saw the freeway collapse in Oakland and my blood froze.   I drove that part of the freeway frequently, headed to SF, and knew that at that time of day, it would be bumper to bumper there; I thought of all the carnage that would be there and my heart sunk.  Heck, if it wasn't for the World Series, I (me, myself, and I) probably would have been on that part of the highway at that time, but I wanted to get there early and get there before the crowds.

I also thought about my family's safety at that point.  We lived on what I thought was landfill and if the earthquake did that to the freeway, what did it to my home, my family?  With no cellphones back then, my brother and I could only wait and worry (he was also worried about his girlfriend, who lived in the area; and I was wondering and worried about the girl I had my first date with not that long ago).

Many people eventually left once we were allowed to leave the stadium.  The news were filled with stories of the death and destruction happening across the Bay Area, particularly the freeway collapse and the fires and damage in the SF Marina, and eventually the damage to the Bay Bridge (oddly enough, I had a dream before that of something similar happening, and I thought then, what a crazy dream, that will never happen...), and so people wanted to get to their loved ones.

My brother and I decided to wait out the traffic.  I don't recall exactly why, besides not wanting to fight the traffic getting out and then home.  Perhaps we figured that whatever had happened, has happened, and our rushing to get home would not change anything.  If we would wait and head home without the added stress of fighting our way back home, we felt that would be better.

It was a kind of eerie ride back home.  It was dark and pretty empty.  We first went to his girlfriend's house and we very happy to see that nothing much happened.  Then we got home and found that despite all my Mom's knickknacks that she had all over the house, not even one of them fell down and broke, there was shaking but no damage.  I called my eventual wife and she also did not have any problems.

I ended up seeing that game with my brother, then the second game with my younger brother.  I had promised game 5 to my Uncle, but the earthquake screwed up the rotation order and the baseball commissioner stupidly allowed the A's to restart their two ace starters and we had no chance, so there was never a game 5, so I didn't get to take my Uncle to the World Series.  I blame he commish for me not being able to do that, I knew the Giants didn't have a great chance of winning the World Series, but I thought that we had some good chance of winning either game 3 or 4, which would force a game 5 and then I could bring my Uncle.   But facing their aces back to back to back to back like that, we got swept.  There would be no Will Clark heroics to save the day.

My First Tour of the Locker Rooms

We got to go through the locker rooms.  We were promised a view of Willie Mays, Will Clark, and another Giant whose name escapes me in the locker room area, but there was no mention nor any name plate for them, so that was disappointing.  Equally disappointing was hardly any Giants related memories in the locker rooms, they could have put up some name plates, pictures or something.  At least there were equal representation out on the field as we exited the locker rooms.

I did get a picture of Kaepernick's name plate, then in the hallway leading out to the field, I got a picture with a plaque commemorating Bill Walsh and naming the field in his honor.

Out on the field, I got a picture of Dave Dravecky getting interviewed.  I understand the lack of celebrity for a free event, but you would have thought the Giants would have at least allow some of their ambassadors out to sign autographs, like JT Snow or Rich Aurilia, somebody from their Wall of Fame at least.

They had a field goal kicking opportunity there, so that was nice.  I probably would have tried that if the singer singing in there wasn't so loud and distracting.  A batting practice area would have been nice too, in one corner.

Overall, I enjoyed the experience but I felt that it could have been more.  Still, I got to go back one more time to a place with a lot of memories for me.  I saw my old seat area that I would straightline from car to seat.  I saw where I sat for the World Series.  Especially, I saw the seat area where I had my first date with my eventual wife.  Despite all the football stuff (which I understand), I could picture in my mind's eye the playing field.  All things in life has it's time and Candlestick's is nearly over, with just a Paul McCartney concert as a final coda (wish I could see that one).  Good bye old friend!

No comments:

Post a Comment

Labels

1984 Draft (1) 2007 Draft (15) 2007 Giants (52) 2008 Draft (22) 2008 Giants (53) 2008 season (6) 2009 Draft (18) 2009 Giants (87) 2009 season (24) 2010 Decade (12) 2010 Draft (11) 2010 Giants (137) 2010 NL ROY award (1) 2010 season (19) 2010's (3) 2011 Draft (9) 2011 Giants (84) 2011 season (8) 2012 Draft (11) 2012 Giants (93) 2012 season (11) 2013 Draft (3) 2013 Giants (39) 2013 season (5) 2014 (1) 2014 draft (5) 2014 Giants (79) 2014 season (16) 2015 Draft (4) 2015 Giants (50) 2015 season (10) 2016 Draft (1) 2016 Giants (45) 2016 season (6) 2017 Draft (2) 2017 Giants (16) 25 man roster (10) 25th man fallacy (1) 3B (1) 40 Man Roster (8) 49ers (1) 6-man rotation (3) 89 Quake (1) 89 World Series (1) A-Ball (1) A-Gon (1) A-Rod (3) A's (6) AA-Ball (1) Aaron Rowand (25) accomplishments (1) ace pitcher (1) Adalberto Mejia (6) Adam Duvall (5) AFL (4) Albert Suarez (4) Alex Hinshaw (3) Alex Pavlovic (1) All-Star Game (1) almost perfect game (1) Amphetamine (2) analysis (19) Andre Torres (14) Andres Torres (2) Andrew Suarez (2) Andrew Susac (11) Andy Baggerly (2) Andy Sisco (1) Angel Joseph (1) Angel Pagan (17) Angel Villalona (30) Anniversary (1) appendicitis (1) Aramis Garcia (1) Arbitration (17) Armando Benitez (5) Armando Gallaraga (1) art of failure (1) Asia-Pacific signing (1) assessment (1) At the Rate They Are Going (1) ATT Park (1) Aubrey Huff (20) Austin Slater (1) Award (4) BABIP (3) Barry Bonds (30) Barry Zito (77) baseball (1) Baseball America (2) Baseball Prospectus (3) Baseball Prospectus Bias Against Giants (3) baseball strategy (6) Baseball Study (17) baserunning (2) batting peripherals (1) batting stance analysis (1) batting title champion (1) Beat LA (8) bench players (4) Bengie Molina (14) Benjamin Snyder (1) Bert Blyleven (1) best manager (1) best practices (2) Beyond the Box Score (1) Bias Against Giants (1) Big 6 (9) Bill Hall (1) Bill James (1) Bill James Handbook (2) Bill Mueller (1) Bill Neukom (21) Billy Beane (3) Blog Philosophy (2) Bob Howry (2) Bob Mariano (1) Bobby Evans (2) Boston Red Sox (1) Brad Hennessey (5) Brad Penny (2) Brandon Bednar (1) Brandon Belt (47) Brandon Crawford (24) Brandon Hicks (1) Braves (5) breakout (2) Brett Bochy (4) Brett Pill (9) Brian Anderson (1) Brian Bocock (2) Brian Cooper (1) Brian Horwitz (3) Brian Ragira (2) Brian Sabean (45) Brian Wilson (14) Bridegrooms (6) Bruce Bochy (29) Bucky Showalter (1) bulllpen (2) Bullpen (29) Business Plan (13) Buster Posey (98) Byran Reynolds (1) Byung-Hyun Kim (1) Cained (4) call-ups (3) Candlestick Park (1) Cards (13) Career Prospects (4) Carl Hubbell (1) Carlos Beltran (4) Carlos Gomez (1) Carney Lansford (2) Carter Jurica (1) Casey McGeHee (3) catcher injury (5) catching (2) CC Sabathia (1) censorship (2) CEO (2) Chad Gaudin (5) Charles Culberson (5) Charlie Culberson (3) Chase Johnson (3) Chillax (1) Chris Brown (1) Chris Gloor (1) Chris Heston (18) Chris Lincecum (1) Chris Marrero (1) Chris O'Leary (1) Chris Ray (4) Chris Shaw (2) Chris Stewart (4) Chris Stratton (11) Christian Arroyo (6) Christmas (1) Christopher Dominguez (4) Christy Mathewson (1) Chuckie Jones (2) Clay Hensley (3) Clayton Blackburn (10) Clayton Tanner (3) Closer (8) closer by committee (3) Coaches (3) Cody Hall (2) Cody Ross (8) Col (1) Comeback Award (1) Commissioner (1) comparison (1) competitive advantage (1) Competitive Balance Tax (2) competitiveness (1) Conor Gillaspie (25) contender (1) contract extension (3) contract negotiations (2) contract signing (6) core competency (1) Cory Gearrin (2) Cory Guerrin (1) Cory Hart (1) Craig Whitaker (2) cuts (1) Cy Young Award (5) D-backs (15) D-gers (36) D-Rocks (3) D-Rox (17) Dallas McPherson (1) Dan Ortmeier (11) Dan Otero (2) Dan Runzler (6) Dan Slania (2) Dan Uggla (1) Daniel Carbonell (1) Daniel Slania (2) Darren Ford (1) Dave Roberts (11) David Aardsma (1) David Huff (2) David Loewenstein (1) Decade of the Giants (11) decline (1) Defense (8) Deferred Money (1) deleted comment (1) Denard Span (2) depth (1) Derek Law (8) Detroit Tigers (1) DFA (3) DH (2) Dick Tidrow (2) dictionary (1) Dirty (1) DL (2) dodgers (12) Donald Snelten (1) Draft (7) Draft Analysis (15) Draft Bonus (7) draft list (2) draft philosophy (1) draft signing (3) Draft Strategy (11) Draft Study (2) Draft Success (2) drafting (1) Dres (16) DRS (1) Dynasty (1) Edgar Renteria (13) Eduardo Nunez (4) Edwin Escobar (5) Ehire Adrianza (26) Eli Whiteside (4) Elimination game (1) EME (2) Emmanuel Burriss (18) epic season (6) Eric Byrnes (1) Eric Surkamp (6) Erik Cordier (1) Eugenio Velez (12) evaluation (2) extension (7) fan outrage (1) fanfest (1) FanGraphs (2) felony conviction (1) Fielding (4) Fielding Stats (4) finger injury (3) first post-season press conference (2) Francisco Peguero (4) Fred Lewis (3) Freddie Lewis (17) Freddie Sanchez (4) Freddy Sanchez (7) Free Agency (7) Free agent possibilities (20) Free agent signing (13) Free agent signings (21) front office (1) Game Score (3) gamer-tude (1) Gary Brown (26) Geno Espinelli (1) George Kontos (10) Ghosts of Giants Drafts (1) Giants (8) Giants Announcer (1) Giants blogs (3) Giants Chat (4) Giants Defense (1) Giants Draft (11) Giants Drafts (2) Giants Farm System (32) Giants Franchise record (2) Giants Future (64) Giants GM (4) Giants Greats (3) Giants hitting manual (1) Giants No-Hitter (5) Giants Offense (27) Giants Offseason (21) Giants Pitching (3) Giants Strategy (35) GiDar (1) Gino Espinelli (1) glossary (1) Gold Glove Award (1) good will (1) Gorkys Hernandez (1) Graphical Player (1) Gregor Blanco (15) Gregor Moscoso (1) Guillermo Moscoso (2) Guillermo Mota (2) Guillermo Quiroz (1) Gustavo Cabrera (4) Hall of Fame (9) Hall of Shame (4) Hank Aaron (5) Happy Holidays (2) Hate mail (1) heart-warming (1) Heath Hembree (8) Heath Quinn (1) Hector Correa (1) Hector Sanchez (11) Heliot Ramos (1) Henry Sosa (8) HGH (1) Hidden Game (1) high expectations (1) high school focus in draft (1) high velocity hitters (1) high velocity pitchers (1) Hitter's League (1) Hitting (17) Hitting Coach (1) hitting mechanics (3) hitting pitchers (2) hitting streak (1) Hitting; (1) Home Run Career Record (7) Home Run Hitting Contest (1) Hunter Pence (23) Hunter Stickland (1) Hunter Strickland (4) Ian Gardeck (1) Idea (4) IFA (1) improvement (2) Indictment (1) injury (3) instant replay (2) instructor (1) Interesting Question (1) International Free Agent Pursuits (3) International Signings (5) interview (4) Investment (1) Ivan Ochoa (2) J2 (1) Jack Taschner (4) Jackson Williams (3) Jacob Dunnington (1) Jacob Gonzalez (1) Jacob McCasland (1) Jae-gyun Hwang (1) Jake Dunning (2) Jake Peavy (39) Jake Smith (1) Jalen Miller (1) Japanese Starters (1) Jarrett Parker (8) Jason Heyward (1) Jason Maxwell (2) Jason Stoffel (1) Javier Lopez (5) JC Gutierrez (3) Jean Machi (6) Jeff Kent (1) Jeff Samardzija (15) Jeff Suppan (1) Jeremy Affeldt (12) Jeremy Shelley (2) Jerome Williams (1) Jesse English (2) Jesse Foppert (1) Jesus Guzman (4) Jimmy Rollins (1) Joaquin Arias (14) Joe Panik (14) Joe Torre (1) Joey Martinez (2) Johan Santana (1) John Barr (1) John Bowker (22) John Thorn (1) Johneshwy Fargas (2) Johnny Bench (1) Johnny Cueto (16) Johnny Monell (1) Johnny Rucker (1) Jonah Arenado (1) Jonathan Mayo (1) Jonathan Sanchez (49) Jordan Johnson (1) Jose Canseco (1) Jose Casilla (1) Jose Guillen (3) Jose Mijares (3) Jose Uribe (2) Josh Osich (5) JT Snow (1) Juan Perez (6) Juan Uribe (9) Juggling Monkey (1) Julio Urias (1) jury (1) Just Say No (1) Kelby Tomlinson (4) Kendry Flores (2) Keury Mella (2) Kevin Correia (2) Kevin Frandsen (22) Kevin Pucetas (10) KNBR (1) Kung Fu Panda (30) Kyle Crick (15) Larry Baer (2) Larry Ellison (1) Lead-off (2) leadoff (1) left-handed (1) Lew Wolff (1) LHP (1) Lineup (17) lineup construction (3) Lineup position (1) links (1) Lon Simmons (1) long relief (1) Long-Term Contract (22) long-term planning (3) losing streak (1) Lucius Fox (3) luck (2) Luis Angel Mateo (2) lunatic fringe (1) Mac Marshall (1) Mac Williamson (8) Madison Bumgarner (166) Mailbox (1) Malcolm Gladwell (1) management change (3) management issues (5) managerial value (4) Manny (1) Marc Kroon (2) Marco Scutaro (12) Mark DeRosa (8) Mark Melancon (1) Marlon Byrd (1) Martin Agosta (7) Marvin Miller (1) Masahiro Tanaka (1) Mason McVay (1) Matsuzaka (1) Matt Cain (155) Matt Downs (2) Matt Duffy (8) Matt Graham (1) Matt Holliday (1) Matt Krook (1) Matt Moore (9) Matt Morris (2) Mechanics (4) Media (16) Media Bias (17) Media Trade Idea (3) Medical (1) Mediocy (10) Mediots (4) Melk-Gone (1) Melky Cabrera (14) memories (1) mental (1) Merkin Valdez (8) Message in a Bottle (1) methodology (2) MI (1) Michael Main (1) Michael Trout (1) middle infield (1) Miguel Cabrera (2) Miguel Gomez (1) Miguel Tejada (5) Mike Fontenot (3) Mike Ivie (1) Mike Kickham (9) Mike Leake (11) Mike Matheny (1) Mike Morse (10) milestone (1) minor league (1) minor league contract (2) minors (11) mismanagement (1) misnomer (1) mistakes (2) MLB (2) MLB stupidity (2) MLB Success (7) MLB Trade Rumors (1) MLBAM (1) MLBTR (1) MLE (1) Mock Draft analysis (7) MVP (2) Natanael Javier (1) Nate Schierholtz (45) Nathanael Javier (1) Nationals (1) Naysayers (1) Negotiations (1) Neil Ramirez (1) Next Gen (1) Nick Hundley (1) Nick Noonan (27) Nick Pereira (1) Nick Vander Tuig (2) NL Champions (2) NL West (23) NL West Division Title (17) NL West Future (1) NLCS (22) NLCS MVP (2) NLDS (8) Noah Lowry (14) non-roster invitees (1) non-tenders (2) Nori Aoki (4) NPB (1) Oakland A's (4) OBP (1) oddities (1) Offense (3) offensive era (1) Omar Vizquel (3) one-run games (3) Opening Day (5) opening day pitcher (3) opening day roster (9) Optimism (1) Osiris Matos (2) Outfield (2) overturned (1) Ownership (7) Pablo Sandoval (92) Padres (1) Panda (6) Pandoval (1) passing (1) Pat Burrell (15) Pat Misch (5) Payroll (10) Pedro Feliz (12) PEDS (10) Perfect Game (2) perjury trial (1) Personal Reminiscence (2) Pessimism (1) Pete Palmer (1) Pete Rose (3) Peter Magowan (2) Phil Bickford (3) Phillies (7) philosophy (1) Phoenix Theory of Rebuilding (1) Pitch Count (3) pitch value (1) Pitcher hitting 8th (1) Pitchers League (1) Pitching (19) Pitching Rotation (73) pitching staff (5) plate discipline (1) platoon players (1) Play Ball (1) player budget (2) player development (2) playoff (2) playoff hopes (35) playoff roster (2) playoff rotation (5) Playoff Success (21) Playoffs (40) postmortem (1) PQS (93) press conference (2) pressure (2) priorities (1) Projected Record (6) projection (2) projections (2) promotion (2) prospect (3) prospect analysis (4) prospect handling (1) Prospect of Note (3) prospect study (1) Prospects (44) quality starts (1) questions (1) radio great (1) Rafael Rodriquez (8) Rajai Davis (2) Ralph Barbieri (1) Ramon Ramirez (3) Randy Johnson (10) Randy Messenger (2) Randy Winn (14) Rangers (5) Ranking (4) raspberry (1) Ray Durham (5) re-sign (2) Rebuilding (4) Rebuilding Myths series (1) rebuttal (1) Reds (5) Relocation Concession (2) Research (2) resource scarcity (1) rest for starters (1) Retired (3) Retirement (1) return (1) Reyes Moronta (1) RHP (1) Rich Aurilia (7) Rick Peterson (1) Rickie Weeks (1) Ricky Oropesa (3) right-handed (1) risk mitigation (2) risk profile (1) Rockies (1) Rod Beck (1) Roger Kieschnick (13) Roger Metzger (1) Ron Shandler (2) Ronnie Jebavy (1) Rookie of the Year (1) Roster (4) rosterbation (2) ROY (2) Royals (3) Rule 5 (1) Rule 5 Draft Pick (3) rumors (9) run production (1) runs support (1) Russ Ortiz (11) Ryan Garko (2) Ryan Klesko (4) Ryan Rohlinger (2) Ryan Theriot (3) Ryan Vogelsong (93) Ryder Jones (2) Sabean Naysayers (6) Sabermetric Thoughts (6) sabermetrics (4) SABR (1) Salary speculation (3) SALLY (1) San Jose Giants (1) San Jose Relocation (3) Sandy Rosario (1) Santiago Casilla (9) Scott McClain (2) Scott Shuman (1) Scouting (1) secret sauce (1) Sergio Romo (17) Seth Corry (1) SF Giants (2) Shilo McCall (1) Shooter (1) shutouts (1) Signature Song (1) signing (13) Silly-Ball (3) South Atlantic League (1) South Bay Rights (1) SP usage (1) splits (2) Spring Training (16) standings (1) starting lineup (18) starting pitching (72) Statcorner (1) statistics (2) STATS (1) Steamer (1) Steroids (6) Steve Edlefsen (4) Steve Johnson (3) Steve Okert (7) strikeout rate (1) Sue Burns (1) sunk costs (1) superstition (1) Tax (1) team culture (1) Team of the 2010's (1) Team of the Decade (3) Team Speed (1) Team Support (1) Thank You (1) The Evil Ones (tm) (1) The Giants Way (1) The Hardball Times (1) The Hey Series (15) Thomas Joseph (3) Thomas Neal (9) Tigers (4) Tim Alderson (17) Tim Hudson (39) Tim Lincecum (194) Todd Linden (3) Todd Wellemeyer (6) Tommy Joseph (3) top prospect list (4) Trade (11) Trade Analysis (17) Trade Idea (8) Trade PTBNL (2) Trade Rumors (30) trading (1) training staff (2) Training Tool (1) Travis Blackley (1) Travis Ishikawa (47) Trevor Brown (4) turning point (1) Ty Blach (9) Tyler Beede (6) Tyler Horan (1) Tyler Rogers (1) Tyler Walker (2) umpire mistake (3) Umpires (3) USA Today (1) utility (1) Voros McCracken (1) Waldis Joaquin (5) walks (1) Wall of Fame (1) WAR (1) Warrior Spirit (1) Wendell Fairley (10) What-If Scenario (3) wild card (1) wild card race (1) Will Clark (1) Will Smith (3) Willie Mac Award (1) Willie Mays (1) winning on the road (1) Winter League (1) winter meetings (1) World Series (26) World Series Champions (11) WS Ring Bling (1) xBABIP (1) Yusmeiro Petit (40) Zack Wheeler (9) ZiPS (1)