The Hometown Team – Brandon Crawford
I don’t let myself think too much about how lucky I am to play for the team I rooted for growing up in Pleasanton. I just play. I keep it simple. I’ll wait ‘til later to think about how things have happened the way they’ve happened.
But after we won last night, we put on our new NL West Champion hats and T-shirts and began our lap around the field. My first stop was a section right past our dugout. There’s a box of seats that is basically on the field and the actual stands are behind that. In the first row of the stands was the person I stopped to see.
My dad, who took me to so many games at Candlestick Park when I was a kid.
I couldn’t get close enough to give him a hug or slap his hand but I waved at him and my sister, who sat with him. (Jalynne and my mom and my two other sisters were in other seats; I didn’t know exactly where.) For me to be on the field at AT&T Park after clinching the NL West Championship and seeing my dad in the stands, well, I don’t have the words to describe it.
Afterward, my whole family came into the clubhouse with the other families. My dad was really excited. I could see it on his face. It was the first time he had come into the clubhouse. He asked to see my locker. I took him over and lifted the plastic sheeting so he could see in. I introduced him and the rest of my family to everyone. That was the best part of the night, to share the moment with them.
But the whole night was fun. The Gangnam Style music played three or four times over the clubhouse speakers. Everybody loves it. You can’t help dancing when you hear it. The worst Gangnam dance? Definitely Jon Miller. We saw him on TV doing it in the broadcast booth.
Timmy missed the celebration because he left in the seventh inning to rest up for today’s day game. He was supposed to pitch this afternoon but was scratched when we won. Timmy said this morning that Righetti called him last night to tell him come back, but Tim said getting back to the stadium would have been a nightmare. Hopefully he’ll get another chance to celebrate.
I know some guys had trouble sleeping last night, but not me. I went right out. It’s exciting to clinch but we still have games left and we have to go about them the same way we have all season.
Thanks for all your support. Let’s keep it going.