Turning Points – Brandon Crawford

Sometimes there’s a stretch of time in a season when you know something has changed. Momentum shifts. The Dodger series is an obvious example. Sweeping the Dodgers at their own park was like planting our flag at the top of the division: We don’t own it yet, but we’re going to be really tough to knock off.

​Sometimes it’s not a stretch of time but one play that tells you something has changed.

​When Hunter Pence laid down that push bunt Thursday night, I think everyone in the park – including all of us in the dugout – went “What?’’ There were two runners on base, and here was our clean-up batter, our power guy, and he’s bunting. He completely took the Braves by surprise. He drove in the runner from third and managed to get himself safely to first with a legitimate single.

​That not only was the turning point in the game, but it sent the message that we’re a team that will do whatever it takes to win.

​Hunter explained later that Dan Uggla, the Braves’ second baseman, always plays him behind second base. And Hunter kept hitting line drives or ground balls right at him. So last year, Hunter decided to counteract Uggla’s strategy with a strategy of his own. He executed it perfectly.

​We’re all playing together as a team more now than we had been earlier. Subconsciously, I think we would wait around for Melky and Buster to make something happen. But now it seems like anybody can come through at any time. Pagan is on fire. Joaquin is having an unbelievable month. I’ve been feeling good at the plate. Having Pablo back is huge. Marco, if he’s not getting on base himself, he’s getting somebody into scoring position.

​Our timing couldn’t be better. This is the time of year when you have to make your push. We’re watching the Dodger scores, and we know they’re watching ours.

​You have to feel pretty good as a Giants fan to see the big trade the Dodgers made yesterday. It means they’re at least a little worried.

​There’s a lot of baseball left to play. But the way we’re going now, I like our chances that the flag at the top of the division isn’t going anywhere.

-Brandon C.

19 Comments

1st place all the wayyyyyy!!!

The TEAM is playing like a team and it works.

Our hearts are with you-win this series…

Great post, Brandon. The deadline for trades passed, though. How do the Dodgers get away with making that big of a trade at this point in the season? It was noticeably right after you guys swept them on their own turf. Yeah, it looks exactly like that – like they need to do what they can to knock you guys out of the race (good luck with that – like you said, you guys really are playing like a well-oiled machine right now – it’s just baseball magic and so fun to watch). Will this Dodger trade make a tougher team for you guys to go up against? You guys look so great and have such great momentum now, it looks like nothing can stop you. Incredible what Pagan is doing batting in the #1 spot now, can you believe that? And once he gets on base, he’s like how Ricky Henderson used to be. Good luck catching him (well… most of the time). :o) That was excellent strategy by Pence with the push bunt! You guys seem to be more about strategy than a lot of the other teams – again, why it’s so much fun to watch you play. And you, like Fred Astaire out there at Short Stop. A thing of beauty watching you play. You guys are such great athletes and we can really tell how much you just love the game of baseball.

Another great post…I couldn’t agree more about Hunter’s push bunt, which took everyone, even Bochy, by surprise. The Dodgers are trying to buy the NL West because they are terrifies of the Giants. Spending a quarter of a billion more dollars will blow up in their faces…they haven’t bought great coaching, they haven’t bought consistency or teamwork, and they haven’t even bought great pitching. (In fact they may have bought some toxic ego problems for their clubhouse). It will be fun to see the Dodgers implode.

You guys are doing great, but the bullpen scares me!! 2 days in a row where Affeldt was completely off target, he needs to do more praying…I have lost confidence in the bullpen..Forget about Melky, this is the weak spot in the rotation…Let’s keep everyone healthy as we head down the stretch…

Given how much you remind me of Ryne Sandberg, in your game, glove work, ballance, range and looks for that matter, have you ever thought about finding a home at second base some day. He was a very, very good short stop, but maybe the best second baseman to ever play the position.

Hey Brandon and Brandon, My son and I just discovered your respective blogs and we have read all of them in a day. My son is 10 and he is not really into sports but after reading your blogs, he is getting a whole new perspective and respect for you guys. He said that you have your ups and downs but you are just trying your best to be the best you can be and he can relate to that. Thanks for making it real and being good role models for kids. Continued success!

has everyone noticed that craw is slowly transforming into the wolfman? really digging the look

You were insane tonight catching that flip toss from Pablo for the out! Your concentration during the game is so consistent and constant, you can make these amazing “heads-up” plays. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – you guys are so fun to watch play ball! You guys pull out all the tricks. It’s something new every game it seems like. So fun to be a Giants fan these days. :0) Do you have any new nicknames now that you made that catch? The Sportscasters are calling it a volleyball play on the sidelines. :0) Nice job, Brandon. Keep up the amazing work.

Shortstop? Maybe small town little league. Belty Bob maybe, whoever Bob was. If Belty Bob on Giants you’d mean Belty Crawford surely not Belt. Maybe Belty Madbum even. K.O belt on Giants means strike out Belt. Too goofy to be a QB. as for your like of QB #s. Bad baseball I.Q trotting on a oops,I thought it was a homer.I’d better try to run and get out at second. Pill is better by far.

Shortstop? Maybe small town little league. Belty Bob maybe, whoever Bob was. If Belty Bob on Giants you’d mean Belty Crawford surely not Belt. Maybe Belty Madbum even. K.O belt on Giants means strike out Belt. Too goofy to be a QB. as for your like of QB #s. Bad baseball I.Q trotting on a oops,I thought it was a homer.I’d better try to run and get out at second. Later get thrown out thing to make a triple

Shortstop? Maybe small town little league. Belty Bob maybe, whoever Bob was. If Belty Bob on Giants you’d mean Belty Crawford surely not Belt. Maybe Belty Madbum even. K.O belt on Giants means strike out Belt. Too goofy to be a QB. as for your like of QB #s. Bad baseball I.Q trotting on a oops,I thought it was a homer.I’d better try to run and get out at second. Later get thrown out trying to make triple out of double from dogging it again. Ever hear of stretch mccovey? Stay on the bag fool. Sorry, but who taught you baseball? Was it Bochy?

You mentioned in an earlier post about fan mail. it would be my absolute dream to have you sign a photo, how would I go about doing that? Keep up the good defensive, you’re amazing! My favorite plays are when you have to jump over the guy sliding into 2nd to get the dp :)

what trade?!? (pft) were confident in our team, as well as you all are confident in the fans ;) Money can’t buy team effort or put score on the board ;)

so hell yeah I’m proud to be a GIANTS FAN ;)

island gurl

Brandon C. you are looking like Wolverine from the X-men.You and Brandon B. are my favorite players. Go Gigantes!

i have a question…i think i’ve noticed that after you, panda, or pagan have a big base hit/rbi you guys make some sort of motion towards the dugout. what does it mean and how’d you guys come up with them?

Amazing team effort today against the D’backs, you guys! You guys look so great working together. What a great baseball team. So fun to be a Giants’ fan!

Boy, both of you were absolute stars today. Great comeback, great game!

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