My Unspoken Cheers for the San Francisco Giants

October 12, 2010
Posted in Sports
October 12, 2010 Nick Engvall

My Unspoken Cheers for the San Francisco Giants

I haven’t posted much lately. My excuse…I lost my voice and I still haven’t found it.

Seriously though, I was lucky enough to go to both home games against the Braves. After screaming with excitement after every strikeout by Tim Lincecum in Game 1, there wasn’t much left in the vocal cord capabilities to get me through Game 2 but I made it through thanks to a late Thursday that consisted of Yogi Tea and some late-night post writing for the Eastbay Blog.

Tonight, I’m playing a little catch-up, still riding the emotional high of the San Francisco Giants winning the NLDS! Woohoo!

While I wish I could go on and on about the Giants in every post I put on Eastbay about how incredible this season has been for the team, and for me as a fan of pitching, I have to hold back. Tonight I decided to pay a little tribute to Bobby Cox with a post about entitled the Greatest Manager You Never Had, because as much as I tried to hate Bobby Cox through the early 90s, he represents everything I ever wanted in a manager, be it in sports or in a job. I admire his dedication to his players and to the betterment of the game, and hopefully someday will mean as much to others as he meant to his players.

What I can’t help thinking about after tonight’s game, is how proud I am to be a Giants fan tonight. Yes, they made it to the NLCS, but this is more than that. It’s about the class act that this team really is. Amongst the celebration of what has to be the pinnacle of many of the players’ careers, they stop and give Bobby Cox a tip of the cap and round of applause.

Giants tip their caps and applaud Bobby Cox.Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

THAT is what will forever make the San Francisco Giants and the game of baseball so great. Of course, if you follow me on Twitter or Facebook, you already know that the class act is a regular thing for the Giants and they are constantly grateful to the game and to their fans, more so than almost any other team. First, it was circling the track at AT&T Park high fiving fans to celebrate their entry into the 2010 MLB Playoffs and now taking time to honor a legendary manager in the midst of a victory celebration.

Of course, I also love the fact that in a matter of just a few days, as pointed out by Andrew Baggarly in Monday’s Postgame Notes from his Extra Baggs column, Tim Lincecum has unleashed a trifecta of F-bombs that made their way into mainstream media that remind us all how much fun this team is having.

I can’t say it as eloquently as Timmy seems to but we’re in the NLCS! F*ck Yeah!!!

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Nick Engvall

Nick Engvall is a sneaker enthusiast with over 15 years of experience in the footwear business. He has written for publications such as Complex, Sole Collector, and Sneaker News, helped companies like Eastbay, Finish Line, Foot Locker, StockX, and Stadium Goods better connect with their consumers, has an addiction to burritos and Sour Patch Kids, and owns way too many shoes for his own good.
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