As you’ve surely heard by now, the San Francisco Giants won the World Series last night. This is how the people in S.F. are celebrating. Looks fun, no?
Here in Fresno, there’s a lot of pride for the Giants win — even from an A’s fan such as myself, who couldn’t help but get lured into the Giants improbable run. I owe much of that to the Fresno Grizzlies, who gave me and thousands of others the chance to see this year’s World Series heroes before they captured the hearts of baseball fans nationwide.
Last night, I saw a Facebook post from someone saying she didn’t know she could have been watching the likes Tim Lincecum and Buster Posey right here in Fresno these past years. I was baffled by this. So for those of you who missed Lincecum, Posey, Brian Wilson, Madison Bumgarner and Matt Cain — all World Series heroes, all former Grizzlies — or just want to see them again, here’s a little trip down memory lane.
2005: Matt Cain (center), the Game 2 hero, with fellow young pitching prospects David Aardsma and Jesse Foppert. (Darrell Wong/The Fresno Bee)
2007: Closer Brian Wilson, the Giants’ most interesting character, sans beard. (Kurt Hegre/The Fresno Bee)
2007: Game 5 winner and Giants ace Tim Lincecum under the Fresno skyline. (Craig Kohlruss/The Fresno Bee)
2007: Lincecum in action. In this April game, he struck out 14. (Mark Crosse/The Fresno Bee)
2009: Top prospect Buster Posey arrives in Fresno. (Darrell Wong/The Fresno Bee)
2010: Madison Bumgarner and Posey, the starting battery in Game 4 of the World Series, began this season in Fresno. (Darrell Wong/The Fresno Bee)
2010: Posey stays in Fresno until the Giants call him up in May. (Darrell Wong/The Fresno Bee)
2010: Bumgarner pitched with the Grizzlies until he was called up in June. (Darrell Wong/The Fresno Bee)