“Goooooood Evening San Francisco!” is how he greeted the sold-out crowd at AT&T Park–instead of the Nanu, Nanu salutation he made famous as Mork, TV’s most loveable space alien–for Game 1 of the 2010 NLDS between his beloved San Francisco GIANTS and the Atlanta Braves. He was an extraordinary human being, a comedic genius and legend, a true fan of San Francisco and a huge fan of our San Francisco GIANTS. I think the best way to pay tribute to Robin Williams is to follow the advice he gave as the character Jack in the movie Jack: “Please don’t worry so much. Because in the end, none of us have very long on this Earth. Life is fleeting. And if you’re ever distressed, cast your eyes to the summer skies, when the stars are strung across the velvety night, and a shooting star streaks through the blackness turning night into day. Make a wish. Think of me. Make your life spectacular. I know I did.” It is with sincere heartbreak and deepest sympathy for his family and loved ones that we mourn his passing. RIP Robin Williams–you will always be one of the greats.
The GIANTS faced the Chicago White Sox in the 1st game of the 2-game inter-league series at AT&T Park. Although it was Jerry Garcia Tribute Night, Renel Brooks-Moon led the sold-out crowd in a moment of silence to pay tribute to Robin Williams.
The White Sox jumped to an early lead with a 2-run HR in the 1st. The GIANTS didn’t give up. They battled back, finally wearing down the White Sox ace. It may be a case of too little, too late–but I don’t think so–it may have been too late, but it sure wasn’t too little. They battled hard. They’re persistence paid off in the 9th when Sandoval, Morse and Ishikawa hit 3 singles in a row. With the bases loaded, Panik hit into a double play. It was an extraordinary play, what could have–should have–been an up the middle grounder for an RBI single turned into 2 unlikely outs at the hands of the ChiSox 2nd baseman. Panik didn’t get credit for the RBI–because it was, after all, a double play–but Sandoval scored. Crawford came up and got a base hit, plating Duffy, who was pinch-running for Morse. Game tied. After 9, the score was:
GIANTS 2, ChiSox 2
And it was on to extra innings. But it only took 1. With 2 outs and the bases loaded, the White Sox were able to score a runner with an RBI single. The GIANTS weren’t able to score again. The final score was:
GIANTS 2, ChiSox 3
It was so close. Extremely close. Remember the old saying “close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades”? That’s just part of the saying. The full quote, attributed to Frank Robinson (GIANTS manager from 1981-1984) actually goes like this: “Close don’t count in baseball. Close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades.” Frank Robinson, huh?–who knew???
I’ll leave you with a bit of wisdom, courtesy of Robin Williams, about the use of PEDs in baseball:
“Everybody’s worried about people playing baseball on steroids. I’m going, really? Here’s one quick way you tell. Two things happen on steroids: your balls shrink and your head grows. So if someone steps up to the plate with a Mardi Gras head and Raisinettes, you’re out!”