We're all Giants: Bruce Jenkins
At KALW News, we're celebrating the San Francisco Giants' 2010 World Series victory. As part of it, we created an hour-long documentary all about the team, the torture of being a Giants fan and, of course, the indescribable sweetness of a World Series win. In putting it together, we spoke with fans all around the Bay Area to get their best Giants fan stories – like SF Weekly’s Joe Eskenazi, San Francisco District 6 Supervisor Chris Daly, hip hop artist DaVinci, KALW’s morning announcer Joe Burke, Hall of Fame broadcaster Jon Miller and singer/songwriter Ashkon.
Here’s one from San Francisco Chronicle sportswriter Bruce Jenkins, in which he recalls his feelings in the moments immediately following the Giants' World Series win:
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BRUCE JENKINS: It's funny, I've covered, that was like my 25th World Series for the Chronicle. And the more of those things you watch, you try to watch as many of the things that are going on as you can. You're not really writing, you're just trying to process scenes. You know, who's embracing who, and who's jumping onto the pile, or who's not jumping onto the pile, or whatever. Maybe somebody's not into it. I mean, could be a lot of different things.
But you know, with the Giants, I was just trying to … I just remember, the thing that really struck me was sort of that three-way hug between, among the infielders: Sanchez, Uribe and Renteria. That was beautiful. They just sort of naturally gravitated toward each other. And I remember Huff's glove 20 feet in the air. So many things. The look on Lincecum's face as they had him up on their shoulders. It went on and on like that throughout the night. I was down in the club house. I'm going beyond your original question here…
Then the great thing about that was I didn't have to have a column in right then. And I wasn't like finishing off a story, a column, at which point you can't really watch the game. You sort of can, but if you're trying to have something – boom (claps) – right at the end of the game, you're not seeing enough of what you would ideally like to see. So, you know, the good time difference a good two-hour time difference in Dallas that made every, that really made a huge difference for me that night. And they didn't need the column until afterwards so I was just able to sit there. I spent like the next hour just processing things, writing things down, trying to keep my notepad out of the champagne spray. I went up to Tim Flannery, and he was in tears, and I almost lost it right there, watching this guy, just with his arms folded, just watching all the boys go off. He was so moved by that, by that whole, the whole story, the fact that it actually had happened. You know, guys like J.T. Snow and Dunston are there, they almost felt like they were involved in it. And Bochy, and Sabean, and then they go out on the field, and there's a bunch of Giants fans still hanging around, and they had a little, you know, that's the best they could do.
They were ... even my wife who was a photographer for the Giants for 20 years and came back this year to shoot the post-season, was a little depressed they didn't come back to win it here. Now I know a lot of fans were like that. They weren't too depressed, cause they won the whole damn thing. But I mean, it was a little bit of a shame that the celebration was just this little cluster of people in Arlington, Texas. But it was really wonderful. It was a perfect night. There was no wind. There were all these fans right down by the dugout, and the players are going over to them, and you know hearing them chant his name. One by one they did that. I just, I remember looking at Mike Krukow, and going “I can't even write this. I've gotta back up and write, I just, I don't, I just wanna stand down here and just soak this up for, you know, until dawn."
That was, I've never felt that before as a writer, because it was actually the team that I've been covering, you know, was doing this thing. And I was feeling just the way every fan was feeling back here. Just the whole thing was sort of washing over you. The reality that they'd actually won. And I remember walking out of the stadium that night, very late, 'cause I was writing – I wrote a couple pieces and, you know, we were all there really late – and all of a sudden it was freezing. It dropped like 20 degrees and then a little rain came down, and when morning broke it was pouring. It was just, like, the Giants, they just squeezed that in. And then like, winter came. You know? So the whole thing was just this confluence of amazing events, just one after another, just non-stop. And it just blew everybody away.
This piece was originally published on December 18, 2010.