My love affair with baseball began after the baseball strike in ’94 and really took hold during the 1996 season. The San Francisco Giants began their trek as one of the best teams in the late 90s and early 2000s led by Barry Bonds. I remember going to games at Candlestick Park before they renamed it 3Com for cheap and even free many times. Back in those days, there were no such things as sellouts unless it was a Dodger’s game and the library would give away tickets to games as a way to encourage kids to read in the summer. I spent my days reading tons of books so that I could go to those free baseball games.
I remember that season in ’97 when they first made the playoffs while listening to those Giants vs. Dodgers games in class with a walkman earpiece up my sleeve. My interest in Giants and baseball peaked in high school. During my senior year, in 2002, the Giants finally made the World Series and were only 6 outs away from winning it all. This is where the name of this blog comes from. During the early part of the decade, the Giants got a steal in a Marlins firesale in getting Robb Nen. He was one of the most, if not, the most dominant closer with a unhittable 97 mph slider. His inning came to be known as the “Nennth inning,” because when he pitched, the game was basically over. Despite having shoulder injuries, he tried to pitch us to a win in the World Series in 2002, but fell short. It eventually ended his career, and that’s what cemented him as a hero in Giants lore.
This blog is about all things Giants, including all the things I collect: Giants and baseball memorabilia, and cards.