…Bliss

bliss |blis| noun perfect happiness; great joy

It is hard to explain what this past month has meant to me. It’s a game, but it’s not just a game! What this season of Giants baseball has done for me, my family, my friends, and for my city is really quite indescribable. This particular Giants team has set an example that all teams in all sports should take note of. It was a team described as underdogs and misfits. In the end this ball club will be known as a TEAM with heart, perseverance, and passion. A group of men who were unselfish and hard-working. If that’s not what all players of sports should aspire to be then they don’t know the true meaning of teamwork. Not one single superstar or well-known player was on this team…and they are the Champions! Looks like we could learn a lot from the underdogs and misfits of the world!

I live in Southern California and even as far as I was, this season made me feel closer to home then I have in a long time. It has brought a sense of nostalgia into daily life. I spent my childhood at Candlestick park with my Dad, Mom, and sisters. I cheered for Robby Thompson, Matt Williams, Candy Maldanado, and on occasion Will “The Thrill” Clark. Peanuts, malts, polish sausages, and hot chocolate were snacks of choice at these games. This season I represented my Giants at Dodger Stadium for the first time in my 15 years of living here and I had the best time. I didn’t make it up to the Bay Area for any games this season except one important one, but I sported my team colors at work and wore my Giants gear to watch the games at my local bar. I cheered on Huff Daddy, Panda, Uribe, The Freak, Wilson, Pat the Bat, Torres, Renteria and my favorites Posey and Ross.

The important game I attended this year was Game 2 of the World Series in San Francisco. Generously a gift from my brother-in-law, Eric. This means I have to be nice to him the rest of my life…not a bad trade-off for an experience I won’t soon forget. You just can’t describe the “buzz” around the city unless you are there. The streets were lined with eager fans going into AT&T Park and those watching in the bars outside. A sea of orange and black were the only colors you saw. I walked in the stadium proudly wearing my ticket around my neck, taking my orange rally towel, and stood at my seat for about 90% of the game. Singing “When the lights go down in the City,” giving a standing ovation to Matt Cain as he left the mound in the 7th inning, losing my voice from screaming so much, the deafening sounds of the fans, a 9-0 win against the Rangers, and knowing that a new generation of Giants fans (my nieces and nephews)will continue new traditions with Giants baseball, are all parts of this night and weekend that will remain favorite memories for a lifetime. History has been made, the San Francisco Giants are World Series Champions!
At the World Series, Game 2

Home of the San Francisco Giants

Game Spirit 1

Game Spirit 2

San Francisco World Series Championship Game 2

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