Nancy Jo Griffin: A baseball remembrance…

Nancy passed away before the 2015 Giants season started, but I know she’s watching games with Zuni from the big sky box above. I should point out, Nancy grew up in Southern California and was raised a Dodgers fan. But once she moved to San Francisco, she became a Giants fan forever.

We attended our first Giants’ game together on October 3, 1982. That was the game Joe Morgan’s HR ended the Dodgers season and had 50,000 fans rocking at The Stick. In 1985, we took our son Jared to his first game on August 18, and again the Giants beat the Dodgers.

Over the years, we went to many, many more Giants games with family and friends. We even caught the Giants on the road in LA and San Diego. Nancy loved going to Opening Day. And she had this amazing white sweater with baseball buttons, red seams, hot dogs, cracker jacks, and bats. I can honestly say when she wore that sweater to a game the Giants never lost!

Nancy and I also went downtown for the Giants first World Series Championship Parade in San Francisco in 2010. All I could say was, “Pinch me, I must be dreaming.”

Thank you Nancy for sharing so many great Giants’ memories with me. <3 John

Nancy Jo Griffin (1953-2015)

Jared's first Giant's game August 18, 1985

Jared’s first Giant’s game August 18, 1985

Opening Day 2004: Nancy wears her Gamer Babe sweater and Giants beat Brewers 7-5!

Opening Day 2004: Nancy wears her Gamer Babe sweater and Giants beat Brewers 7-5!

Take me out to the ballgame...

Take me out to the ballgame…

Willie Mays Bobbleheads!!

Willie Mays Bobbleheads!!

Opening Day 2012 Giants blank pirates 5-0!

Opening Day 2012 Giants blank pirates 5-0!

Nancy and Zuni at McCovey statue in The Cove.

Nancy and Zuni at McCovey statue in The Cove.

Walk this way…

Ask any ball player and they’ll tell you the respect of their peers is more important to them than anything generated by baseball fans, reporters or analysts. In terms of respect, the Intentional Bases on Balls statistic is as good a measure of respect as any in the game. Say what you will about Barry Bonds, but for four straight years he was the most feared hitter in baseball. Period. Barry holds not only the Single Season record for Intentional Bases on Balls with 120 in 2004, but he also owns the top three slots in the IBB category: (68 in 2002 and 61 in 2003). Willie McCovey is fourth (45 in 1969) In addition, Bonds also holds the career record for IBBs with 688 and Hank Aaron is a distant second with 293.*

Dodgers show they have no cojones as they IBB Barry Bonds again.

Dodgers show they have no cojones as they IBB Barry Bonds again.

Bonds may never get into the Baseball Hall of Fame, but when it counted on the field he was the most respected hitter of all time.

*IBB was first tracked as a statistic in 1955.

The Say Hey Kid and The Rook in The Big Apple

The San Francisco Giants brought their three World Series trophies to New York in January and both Willie Mays and Joe Panik were on hand. It’s worth noting both these Giants made plays that were absolute game changers in the World Series. Willie’s iconic play, forever known as “The Catch,” in the 1954 World Series helped the Giants win Game 1 and sweep the Cleveland Indians in the ’54 World Series. And 60 years later, Panik’s amazing double play (“The Flip”) saved the Giants in Game 7 of the 2014 World Series against the Kansas City Royals. The Say Hey Kid and The Rook: Two World Series heroes, 60 years apart, sharing the stage, and baseball stories in New York. You gotta love this game!

The Rook & The Say Hey Kid Mays Card The Catch

PANICK!

Coffee, tea, or three World Series Trophies?

Coffee, tea, or

Magic, Mo’ne & Madison!

Congrats to all three for their outstanding achievements and performance at the highest level. They represent the best in sports for 2014.

Congrats to all three for their outstanding achievements and performance at the highest level. They represent the best of what sport is all about.

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