Sunday, October 31, 2010

Madison Bumgarner and Buster Posey Circa 2009

Two of the brightest young stars the San Francisco Giants organization has seen in many years has the storied franchise on the brink of it's first World Series Championship since 1954.  Madison Bumgarner, the 10th overall pick in the 2007 MLB Draft pitched eight innings of shut-out ball and Buster Posey, the 5th pick in 2008, added a solo homerun in a 4-0 Giants win in Game 4.

It's hard not to get caught up in the spectacular performance by Bumgarner and Posey, because there is still business to be done. The Giants still need one more win. I remember the earthquake in 1989. By 1993 I was checking the newspaper everyday to see if the team could land star outfielder Barry Bonds. The loss in 2002 to the Angles was devastating. The years since have been........... torture.......

In 2009 I wanted to see first hand the young talent the Giants had acquired through the draft, specifically Bumgarner and Posey. Luckily the Single-A affiliate for the team, the San Jose Giants, play in my backyard several times a year in Northern California. I took a couple pictures of Bumgarner, the starter and winning pitcher that night, and Buster Posey, who laced a double and played great defense all night.  I would have laughed if someone had told me less then a year and a half later, both would be playing in the MLB, in the World Series, and come up HUGE for the Giants. Just one more to go...........


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