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2002 Team Reunion

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The 2002 Team

It’s been a great Sunday!  Members of the 2002 team turned out to be honored during a pre-game ceremony.

A Look Back – 2002 – WS & Rally

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JT Snow & Darren Baker in game 5 of the World Series

In honor of the 2002 Team Reunion coming up on July 1 we wanted to look back at some of the “great” moments during the 2002 season (Big picture: we made it to the World Series!). In the first World Series between two Wild Card teams, the Giants and Anaheim Angels lived up to the moniker, combining to set numerous offensive records in a memorable seven-game Fall Classic.

Anaheim emerged from the fireworks with it’s first World Championship in franchise history, while San Francisco was saddled with heartbreak after seeing a title slip away just five outs from the pinnacle.

The clubs split the first two contests in Anaheim, with Barry Bonds grabbing the spot- light in his first appearance on the World Series stage. San Francisco’s left fielder clubbed a solo homer in his first at-bat to spark a 4-3 Giants win in Game #1, then connected for a mammoth ninth- inning shot in Game #2. Not to be outdone, the Angels’ Tim Salmon homered twice as Anaheim won an 11-10 slugfest to even the series.

When the scene shifted north, the Angels seemed to take control with a convincing 10-4 win in Game #3. As they had all season, the Giants battled back in Game #4, rallying from a 3-0 deficit to earn a 4-3 victory on David Bell’s two-out, RBI-single in the eighth inning.
 Game #5 belonged to San Francisco, as the home club delighted the 42,713 fans at AT&T Park with a 16-4 rout. Jeff Kent tied Giants World Series records with four runs, two homers and four RBI, Rich Aurilia drove in three runs to establish a franchise playoff mark with 17 RBI overall, and J.T. Snow had two of his series-high 11 hits.
 The Giants were eight outs from their first World Series title since 1954, as Shawon Dunston’s two- run homer, Bonds’ record eighth post season clout (fourth of Series), and Kent’s RBI-single propelled SF to a 5-0 lead in Game #6. But the ultimate prize was wrested away as Scott Spezio’s three- run, seventh-inning homer and series MVP Troy Glaus’ two-run, eighth-inning double highlighted Anaheim’s rally to a 6-5 victory.

San Francisco scored first in Game #7, but ultimately could not overcome the pitching of John Lackey and the bat of Garret Anderson, who delivered the deciding three-run, third- inning double in Anaheim’s 4-1 triumph.

A Look Back – 2002 – NLCS

In honor of the 2002 Team Reunion coming up on July 1 we wanted to look back at some of the great moments during the 2002 season. Following a furious late-season run to capture the Wild Card berth and a stirring five-game NLDS victory over Atlanta, the Giants provided the only truly fitting encore—they won the club’s first NL pennant in 13 years by defeating the St. Louis Cardinals in a scintillating and highly competitive five-contest NLCS.

San Francisco began its run to the Fall Classic by winning each of the first two contests in St. Louis. The Giants pounded Cardinals ace Matt Morris early and often en route to a 9-6 victory in Game #1, while Jason Schmidt turned in a dominating Game #2 performance. The right-hander struck out eight and carried a shutout into the eighth inning, while Rich Aurilia’s two-homer, three-RBI effort spurred a 4-1 triumph.

Despite Barry Bonds’ dramatic three-run, fifth- inning homer into McCovey Cove that briefly tied Game #3 at AT&T Park, a solo clout by St. Louis’ Eli Marrero and stingy pitching by the Cardinal bull- pen gave the visitors a 5-4 win and renewed hope.

St. Louis jumped out to a 2-0, first-inning lead in Game #4 and appeared on its way to evening the series until a pair of Giants veterans turned the tide. In the sixth, J.T. Snow delivered a two-out, two-run double that knotted the contest. Following a two-out intentional walk to Bonds in the eighth, Benito Santiago cemented his series MVP honors by clubbing a full-count offering from Rick White into the left field bleachers for a 4-2 lead. Robb Nen struck out the final two hitters in the ninth to strand the tying run at third and close out a 4-3 SF victory.

Giants’ lefty Kirk Rueter and Morris engaged in a classic October pitchers’ duel in a Game #5 that was scoreless until St. Louis broke through with a run in the seventh. Bonds tied the contest 1-1 with an eighth-inning sacrifice fly, thus setting the stage for one of the most dramatic moments in San Francisco history.

Morris retired the first two Giants hitters in the bottom of the ninth inning, but was chased by consecutive singles from David Bell and Shawon Dunston. St. Louis turned to reliever Steve Kline, and Kenny Lofton greeted the southpaw by lining his first pitch into right-center field for a single that scored a sliding Bell as the jubilant NL champion Giants poured onto the field.

A Look Back – 2002 – WC Clinch & NLDS

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Winning the National League Division Series in Atlanta

In honor of the 2002 Team Reunion coming up on July 1 we wanted to look back at some of the great moments during the 2002 season.   Fans were excited on September 28th when Barry Bonds hit the 46th ball into McCovey Cove, but everyone erupted when Robb Nen got his 43rd save of the season that gave the Giants the NL Wild Card Championship.  But that was just the beginning. A little over a week later Tim Worrell struck out 3 batters in his 2 innings and Nen nailed down a 3-1 victory over the Atlanta Braves to win the NLCS.

A Look Back – 2002 – People and Pets

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Mike Krukow & Duane Kuiper with Cornelius & Oliver

In honor of the 2002 Team Reunion coming up on July 1 we wanted to look back at some of the great moments during the 2002 season.  In August the SPCA brought some of their cats and dogs to the ballpark to do a photo shoot for the 2003 Giants/SF SPCA People and Pets Calendar.  Everyone took part in a crazy day of shooting that went from 9:45 to 5:45 and consisted of:

  • 28 pets running around the ballpark
  • 31 great photos which were used in the calendar
  • 40 players/coaches/Giants & SF SPCA employees getting the pets ready
  • More dog and cat kisses than we could count
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