Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride — Brandon Crawford
Even though we’re not going to the playoffs, it’s still been a really positive season for our team. When you think that, with the injuries we had, that we weren’t out of it until the last week of the season, that’s pretty good. It says two things: We battled like we always do, and the future of the Giants is in good hands.
Look how many young guys came in and contributed at time when we weren’t sure what we were going to do. Duffy, of course. He filled a really big hole at third. In any other season, he’d be hands-down choice for Rookie of the Year. It says a lot about how much respect he has in the clubhouse to be voted the Willie Mac Award winner.
I guess we shouldn’t have been surprised to see another skinny kid, Kelby Tomlinson, play the way he’s been playing. With very little experience, he has turned into a good second-baseman. And he’s able to put the bat on the ball and hit line drives. That’s what we needed with Joe going down because he’s a similar type player.
And there’s the most unexpected contributor of all, Trevor Brown, who was third in the depth chart behind Susac and Sanchez, who both got hurt. To step up and be reliable back there behind the plate when he hardly knows any of our pitchers, that says a lot about him. Leake credited him the other night in his first shut-out. And he’s had some huge hits, particularly the two-out double against Greinke. Greinke doesn’t give up two-out doubles, but apparently Trevor was not informed. Like all the young guys, he has a quiet confidence about him. He kind of walks around like he’s been here, but not in a cocky way. And he’s a Bruin, so obviously that’s a good thing.
I just had my meeting with Bam-Bam and Steve Decker, our two hitting coaches. They meet with every position player at the end of the season to summarize the year from an offensive standpoint and look at what you should work on in the off-season. You know it’s going to be a nice meeting when you have career highs in almost every offensive category. With one game left to play, I have 21 home runs, more than doubling my previous high of 10. I have 84 RBIs (previous high, 69). I finally have more than 500 at-bats (even though I played fewer games). I had 499 in 2013 but got hurt before I could reach 500. I also had fewest errors of my career.
Bam-Bam and Decker were cheerleading for me to win the Silver Slugger and Gold Glove this season. I must admit it’s pretty exciting just considering the possibility.
After tomorrow’s final game of the season, Jalynne and the girls and I will hang out here for five to seven days see my family and grandparents. We’ll drive to Southern California to see her family then fly to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, for a week or so.
I think, though, we’re going to Disney first, the day before go to Jackson. Now I have nothing against Disney, but we spent three off-days there this season. Three. I’ve had plenty of Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo. But Jalynne loves Disney. Loves it. I wouldn’t be surprised if we go again when we get back from Jackson. Good thing we don’t live in LA. We’d be subletting a room in Chip ‘n Dale’s Treehouse.
In any event, we’ll drive from LA to our home in Arizona, stay there until Thanksgiving. We’ll meeting Jalynne’s family in Big Bear for the holiday. Then back to Arizona and up here for Christmas with my family.
I’m looking forward to lots of time with Jalynne and the girls. And giving my body a rest. And watching football. I probably won’t write during the off-season. But who knows?
Thanks for all your questions and kind comments through the season.