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Long-time LA Dodger's Fan reflects upon The San Francisco Giants winning the Series.

By Jonathan Farrell
Posted May 13, 2011 in Sports
The winning of the World Series by the San Francisco Giants was a cause for celebration by the entire City and surrounding Bay Area.
One has to have grown up here or have been in the area for a while to understand its significance and impact. And, the sheer unexpected joy of it all.
Author, Joseph Sutton is one of those who understands because he just published a little memoir-diary of those days last season from June to October 2010.
For me, Sutton's diary or log of that summer/fall is enjoyable to read. It is the kind of little book that is definitely up-beat reading.
For baseball fans whether they are for the Giants or not, Sutton's recollections and observations are like little snap-shots of moments at the game or reflecting about baseball itself.
He has many brief reflections of how much the game of baseball played a part of his role as father, teacher, coach and mentor.
He also provides some insights not only into what he has observed about baseball and fatherhood but about life itself.
What is also unique about this little book is that right off the bat, so to speak, he confesses to being a Dodger fan.
Sutton who grew up in the Southern California sunshine of Hollywood was surprised to find himself cheering for the Giants when he attended his first game at Candlestick Park back in 1978 when he transplanted to the Bay Area.
And, it is important to note that back then, long before the magnificent AT/T Park was built, with all those high tech comforts and good-seat views, going to a Giants game at Candlestick was an effort.
Candlestick is at one of the most wind-swept corridors just south of the City. It can get cold and uncomfortable. It is really a football stadium and it is easy to get lost not only among the seats but even in the parking lot.
Yet even with that, Joe still became a fan, even with his LA Dodger affinity. This paperback book of less than 100 pages gives witness to that. And, I am sure people will enjoy taking it along with them to read at leisure.

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