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article imageOp-Ed: San Francisco writer keeps journal of Giants at the World Series Special

By Jonathan Farrell     May 30, 2015 in Lifestyle
San Francisco - Only baseball fans would understand. Local writer Joseph Sutton has just published his third memoir of the Giants at the World Series, entitled, San Francisco GIANTS: A Fan's Journal 2010, 2012, 2014.
His affinity for the Giants is undaunted and his love for baseball immense. "After the Giants won the 2014 World Series, I said to myself, "I've written about the two previous World Series seasons of 2010 and 2012, why not write a third book combining all three championship seasons?" "And that's what I did," he said.
Sutton still considers it 'miraculous' that after more than 60 years, the Giants won the series and then won it again and then again. Sutton's memoirs chronicle his feelings and thoughts and the impact baseball has had upon him. This reporter asked, what is different or significant about this Giants book compared to the two others?
"My latest Giants book includes, not one, not two, but all three World Series seasons," said Sutton. He has been an avid fan of The Giants ever since he arrived in San Francisco in the 1970's. "Other books about the Giants have only one World Series season written about them. My book incorporates all three, he said. That is something that's never been done by anyone who writes about their favorite Major League baseball team. What really makes this book unique is that it's interspersed with how the game of baseball has had a bonding influence on my son Ray and me, something, I'm sure, other fathers and sons have experienced." Wth Father's Day coming up, Sutton thought the book could be a good Father's Day gift for baseball lovers, especially Giants fans.
Local radio announcer/talk show host for KNBR Marty Lurie praised the latest memoir. "The hook of it is not only a succinct journal of San Francisco's three World Series titles, said Lurie, but it's also intermixed with Sutton's experiences coaching his son's Little League teams over twenty years ago."
I was curious to know of every entry in this current published journal, which one is Sutton's favorite and has the most significance for him? "It was when the Giants won the 2014 National League pennant against the St. Louis Cardinals," he said. And the reason why? "It was a tense situation that shows my reaction (and I'm sure every Giants fan had a similar reaction) to what took place:
Thursday, October 16, 2014 ...The score is tied 2-2 in the bottom of the ninth. Michael Wacha is pitching for St. Louis. Standing at the plate is the Panda...who singles to center. Bruce Bochy replaces the rotund Panda with pinch runner Joaquin Arias. Hunter Pence...flies out to right. Brandon Belt...walks. Men on first and second, one out. Travis Ishikawa...oh, my goodness, has just hit A WALK OFF HOME RUN. The Giants win the pennant, win the pennant, win the pennant for the third time in five years! They will now play Kansas City in the World Series! Whoopee!!!...
Sutton is pleased he was able to have the book published just in time for summer. "I write in my journal on an almost daily basis," he said. "During the baseball season I usually watch or listen to most of the Giants games. As a consequence, a lot of my journal entries include my thoughts and feelings about the Giants."
"San Francisco GIANTS: A Fan's Journal 2010, 2012, 2014," is available in electronic format as well as print. "We have signed copies of Joe's book available," said Kevin Atkin, manager of Bookshop West Portal in San Francisco.
The book can also be purchased via PayPal through the Joseph Sutton web site.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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