From SABR member Tim Wendel at The National Pastime Museum on September 18, 2017:
Not much was expected of the San Francisco Giants when the San Francisco Examiner assigned me to cover them in 1987. Only two years before, the ball club had lost a hundred games. In the previous season, new manager Roger Craig had led the team to an 83–79 record, but that was still good for only third place in the National League West.
More of the same was expected as a new season unfolded and that was fine with me. Only weeks before, I had been to Australia to follow San Francisco’s entry in the America’s Cup yachting race. Nothing could beat that assignment, I figured, and plans were already afoot to return home to the East Coast.
As the Giants broke their spring training camp in Scottsdale, Arizona, my wife had already taken a job in Washington, D.C., and we had put down the deposit for an apartment in the nation’s capital. My plan was to give notice and move as soon as the Giants were eliminated. But Craig and the ball club, which he had dubbed “Humm Baby!,” had other plans.
Originally published: September 18, 2017. Last Updated: September 18, 2017.