I have a baseball signed by Jeff Kent, Shawn Estes (on the sweet spot), and J.T. Snow, Jr. a few hours after they clinched the NL West in ’97 on the Padres. They’ve set themselves up to repeat that performance. I hope they don’t repeat the rest of that scenario (four game losing streak to the eventual World Series champion, that year the Marlins). No Marlins this time, who earned both of their championships by wiping out the NL West Champion Giants… 😦
Giants, go get that series win on the Padres!
P.S. They signed the ball at a card show that evening. I should have gotten Tony Gwynn, Sr.’s signature that night, too. He was the picture of class that night. I’d love to give his son a hug tomorrow around the game, because he may have the same feelings as his dad on that night.
Vin happily broadcast Bond’s 71st, 72nd, and 73rd home runs. Bonds’ 71st and 72nd home runs, along with one from Rich Aurilla, were not enough to help Estes keep back the Dodgers who won 11-10. The next day, the Dodgers clinch the postseason. With Bonds’ 73rd home run, the Dodgers we’re probably woozy front night before, probably like the ’97 Giants (although that same Estes, plus J.T. Snow, Jr. and Jeff Kent, made it to an autograph show that early evening, under the watchful eye of Jack Snow, Sr.).
Ah, the rivalry… 🙂
Oh, second thought – in ’97, the Giants won that game against the Padres. Tony Gwynn was also at that show, sitting in a very lonely manner watching the excitement. Still have a very Hall of Famer poise about him. I’ve got tickets (four in View Box, but behind the plate and next to the camera well) for the last game of the season, which will be against the Padres. Payback this time? 😦