We temporarily interrupt our wall to wall UCLA coverage to recognize Brandon Crawford, UCLA baseball alum, married to UCLA Gymnastics alum Jalynne Crawford (and they have a beautiful Bruin baby coming in December) and congratulate the San Francisco Giants for winning the pennant.
As the rain began pouring down over AT&T Park, NLCS MVP Marco Scutaro caught the final out and beat the St. Lous Cardinals 9-0, behind the horse, Matt Cain, and some spectacular hitting. The Giants refused to give up this post season, winning six straight elimination games. I may have lost a few years on my life, but oh so worth it.
Since it is election season, we would like to give equal time to the other teams that have UCLA ties that are in the World Series. Wait, what? None? Allrighty then.
THE GIANTS WIN THE PENNANT.
For those of you who are not die hard Brandon Crawford fans like myself, you may not be 100% familiar with his contributions in the NLCS and the entire season. Allow me to show you. Unfortunately, I can't embed video from tonight's game yet, but this catch was SPECTACULAR to end a scoring threat by the Cards. I'm telling you, if they actually voted on Gold Gloves based on fielding ability, he should win by a landslide.
A knock against Craw is that he can't hit, but for me, he hit up to my expectations. And hey, he got the critical hit in game 5:
The SF Chronicle ran a great piece on Crawford a few weeks ago, about a boy living out his childhood dream - playing for his childhood baseball team.
Crawford, 25, is an even-keel player and low-key about living out his dream. He acknowledges former Giants shortstop Royce Clayton was his role model, but ballplayers are good at living in the moment, holding the emotion of the big picture at bay.
Click on the article link just for the picture of 5 year old Brandon Crawford, sad at the thought of the Giants possibly leaving for Florida.
Go UCLA Giants Bruins! Congrats to the Cardinals, as it was a great, hard fought series. Bring on Detroit. Wednesday. 5pm. AT&T Park.