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The seventh and final game of the National League Championship Series has begun, and to kick if off the Giants held another entertaining pregame ceremony. The 129th Rescue Wing Honor Guard from California Air National Guard presented the colors while Susan Tedeschi sang the National Anthem as a fly over was performed by the VFA 137 “Kestrels” from Lemoore Naval Air Station. Kenny Lofton from the 2002 NLCS Champion Giants threw the first pitch and Rob Schneider said “Play Ball.”
In 2008, to celebrate our 50th anniversary in San Francisco we installed a timeline on the View Level at the ballpark which highlighted some of our great players and amazing moments. We know that all of our fans are not able to come to a game at the park, or those who do may not be old enough to remember some of our alumni. For this road trip we decided to showcase the timeline and give everyone a bit more information about the moments. One banner, lots of recent memories are highlighted here.
It’s been a great Sunday! Members of the 2002 team turned out to be honored during a pre-game ceremony.
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.
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