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Congrats Angels and Giants Fans

Posted: 10/15/02 at 12:22:47 AM
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To the Angels fans, all I can say is that you deserved it after beating the Yankees, it should have been a default right then. A great series, I applaud the Angels.

The Giants, oh my, the Giants. I grew up such an avid Mets fan because of the Giants. My family from father down to brother from the time they arrived in America were Giant fans. They left Coogans Bluff AKA Polo Grounds much too soon for me, but none of my brothers ever lost their love for their team. I grew up National League from that. The Giants were always a nemsis for my team, the Mets, but I always respected the Bay area team with the great players they had, Juan Marichal, the Alou Brothers, the baby bull, Orlando Cepada, Willie Mc Covey and of course, argueably the greatest ball player to ever live, Willie Mays. #24 was, is and will always be an idol of what an athlete should be, a real role model.

Anyway, 41 years ago, probably the most exciting play call was made when Branca faced Thomson and it sounded like this:

The Giants win the pennant, the Giants win the pennant, the Giants win the pennant, when you watch that replay, it is as exciting as the over the shoulder catch Mays made in the corner ot the outfield of the Polo grounds, turned and threw out a tagged up runner at home. Can you "say hey Willie?"

Have to root for the team that left me in the 1950s, just cannot get over family roots. Thank God they were not Yankee Fans, Thank God for the Mets.

Ed

Re: Congrats Angels and Giants Fans by CoasterEricHP at 10/15/02 11:51:58 AM

Go Orioles!!!

Siiiighhhhhh..

Congrats to the Angel and Giants fans! Personally, being an Orioles fan, as long as the Yankees arent in the World Series, any outcome is a good outcome.. lol.

I cant decide who I want to win.. I think the Angels deserve it more, but Bonds deserves a ring also. So, if you trade Bonds to the Angels... I choose the Angels ;) If not, may the best team win.

Eric

Re: Congrats Angels and Giants Fans by TheReverend at 10/16/02 12:17:09 AM

> To the Angels fans, all I can say is that you deserved it
> after beating the Yankees, it should have been a default
> right then. A great series, I applaud the Angels.

> The Giants, oh my, the Giants. I grew up such an avid Mets
> fan because of the Giants. My family from father down to
> brother from the time they arrived in America were Giant
> fans. They left Coogans Bluff AKA Polo Grounds much too
> soon for me, but none of my brothers ever lost their love
> for their team. I grew up National League from that. The
> Giants were always a nemsis for my team, the Mets, but I
> always respected the Bay area team with the great players
> they had, Juan Marichal, the Alou Brothers, the baby bull,
> Orlando Cepada, Willie Mc Covey and of course, argueably
> the greatest ball player to ever live, Willie Mays. #24
> was, is and will always be an idol of what an athlete
> should be, a real role model.

> Anyway, 41 years ago, probably the most exciting play call
> was made when Branca faced Thomson and it sounded like
> this:

> The Giants win the pennant, the Giants win the pennant, the
> Giants win the pennant, when you watch that replay, it is
> as exciting as the over the shoulder catch Mays made in the
> corner ot the outfield of the Polo grounds, turned and
> threw out a tagged up runner at home. Can you "say hey
> Willie?"

> Have to root for the team that left me in the 1950s, just
> cannot get over family roots. Thank God they were not
> Yankee Fans, Thank God for the Mets.

> Ed

Hey Ed,

Little piece of trivia. Do you remember a guy who played catcher for the Giants in 1972? He was the rookie of the year that year, his name is Dave Rader. Interestingly, he goes to our church here in Escondido. I talked with him just an hour ago. I bring this up because you mentioned Willie Mays. Dave Rader played with Mays at the end of Mays' career. He's full of great stories about Mays and many others. (oh, yeah, he also caught for Jaun Maurichal(sp?)whom he considers to be the best pitcher he caught). Just thought you'd like that bit of trivia.

-The Rev

Re: Congrats Angels and Giants Fans by chillforce chillforce Profile at 10/16/02 2:40:55 AM

Rev, yes I remember the name Dave Rader, but do not equate him with catcher. Damn you Rev, your in a mexican area, you have to start to learn to spell spanish names

Marichal is as easy as it comes, I may be wrong, but I doubt it. I can get into a whole Politically Correct thing with Marichal but one sportscaster at the time who had lots of influence, namely Howard Cossell was judge and jury over this man. Had I been Juan I would have done the same thing, what 40 years later?

Now onto Willie, well, no doubt to anyone, this was the greatest player in the game, ever. Had he palyed in the parks Arron did, well that is a no call, Henry Aron was great but nothing as great as Willie. Then as a player, he played stickball with kids on the streets, giving them role model for thne future. I just love the name Willie Mays, no other ball player has the feel, the love and the gift that the basket catch man has. God Bless my idol to live 1000 years more.

Ed

Re: Congrats Angels and Giants Fans by MABrider MABrider Profile at 10/16/02 10:08:02 PM

Yes, this will be the "Wild West Series"
That was penned by a Boston Globe sports writer in an article about the upcoming series. I thought it was a clever description (two Wild card teams, two West coast teams (or as us New Englanders say, the left coast)).

Angels in six.

Mike B.