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Who will history award baseball’s greatest honor
Come Nov. 4, whether it is
the Texas Rangers or the San
Francisco Giants celebrating a
World Series win, history will
be made. The only question is
who will history choose to have a
significant mark in the timeline
of America’s national pastime.
For the San Francisco Giants
it is a destiny that has been
waiting to occur since 1958 when
the team packed up in New York
and settled in California.
They’ve come close in two of
their World Series appearances.
In 1962 and 2002 the Giants
forced the World Series into a
game seven only to lose.
The ’62 series can only be
described as a nail biter as the
Giants came close to winning
on a Willie Mays laser down
the right field line that would
have scored Matty Alou, but the
Yankees’ diving Roger Maris
snagged the ball, which forced
Alou to stop at third. Willie
McCovey lined out to Bobby
Richardson in the next at-bat
and the Yankees won the Series.
In ’02, the Giants just couldn’t
hold down the Angels. Just like
the 2010 World Series, it was a
defining moment for baseball.
The winner would be a first for
baseball not only because both
San Francisco and Anaheim
were Wild Card winners, but
because neither team had yet to
bring the World Series trophy
to their respective cities. To be
honest, I was rooting for the
Angels since the Giants defeated
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Dominic Genetti
my St. Louis Cardinals to win
the National League Pennant
that year, so I was happy to see
them falter. And I would be
happy to see that happen again
this year.
There’s also the 1989 World
Series that the Giants lost to the
Oakland Athletics in a four-game
sweep, but when you’re facing
an earthquake that postpones
the series and a team led by
Manger Tony LaRussa with
bash brothers Mark McGwire
and Jose Canseco juiced up on
steroids, you don’t really stand
a chance.
Could this be the year for the
Giants? Well, it might. However,
the story is better for the books
if the golden trophy baseball
comes to Arlington.
Somewhere in the
neighborhoods of Washington,
D.C., I’m pretty sure there’s a
die-hard baseball fan who
is very excited for the Texas
Rangers. They were only in the
nation’s capital for 11 seasons,
and weren’t the best team in
baseball, but when the franchise
departed for the Lone Star State
fans still needed a team to root
for. The Baltimore Orioles were
close, and I’m sure some loyalties
shifted to the beltway rivals,
but in a game like baseball that
develops a love affair between
teams and fans it’s really hard to
let go of that passion.
For the fans that cheered
rookie Tom Grieve dressed in a
classic off-white wool uniform
to the aspiring dreamers that
came to watch games at RFK
Stadium for a new era of
baseball, this World Series has
got to be something special. But
it’s not just Washington, D.C.
that should celebrate. The loyal
fans that have been waiting
and waiting for a World Series
appearance since the team
arrived in 1972 have received
everything they deserved out of
the Rangers this season.
This trip to the World Series
is for the little kids that grew up
watching the area minor league
teams like the Fort Worth Cats
and Dallas-Fort Worth Spurs
with the hope that one day a
Major League Baseball team
would excite the North Texas
fans. This is for Frank Howard
who brought his powerful bat
from Washington to amaze the
fans in the inaugural game at
Arlington. This is for Nolan
Ryan who is the only Ranger
in the National Baseball Hall
of Fame. This is for the people
who continue to come out year
after year to watch our national
pastime under the blistering
Texas sun.
But who will history choose?
Will it say, “San Francisco, you’ve
waited a long time for this,
here’s your first championship
in California,” Or will history go
with the Rangers and tell the
red and blue faithful, “It really
is time.”
We have at least four games
to find out the answers. However,
in this beautiful game that we
call baseball, where a simple
wind gust, ballpark design, ball
spin, bat swing and run speed all
play a defining role in who wins
each game, all we can do is sit on
the edge of our seats and watch
history unfold.
Dominic Genetti is a staff reporter
for The Community News.
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Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton was named the 2010 American
League Championship Series MVP. A total of four players have won
the League Championship Series MVP and the World Series MVP in
the same postseason. One of those four is former Rangers catcher
Darrell Porter who achieved the honors in 1982.
WEATHERFORD COLLEGE
Coyote Chase
Race runs
Nov. 20
Special to The Community News
The 18th annual Coyote Chase Race 5K
and 1-mile run will be held Saturday Nov. 20
at Weatherford College. What began as Parker
County’s first annual running event has grown into
a race with nearly 500 runners.
The event is a fundraiser for Weatherford
College Foundation scholarships, and all ages and
fitness levels are welcome to walk or run. Several
hundred area children will run in the annual
“School Challenge,” a competition among schools
to bring the most runners. Elementary schools
from the region have entered 100 runners or more
in the competition in past years.
“The fall is a beautiful time to run, and our course
offers a lot of variety,” said Brent Baker, race orga-
nizer. “It begins and ends here on our Weatherford
campus, and the 5K route runs through some nice
tree-lined neighborhoods. Between our courses,
our T-shirts and trophies, and the post-race food,
we always hear a lot of great comments from run-
ners and walkers.”
First Financial Bank will provide more than
100 trophies for 5K and 1-mile age category win-
ners, along with ribbons for all kids 12 and under,
and Rosa’s Café will provide post-race food. All
runners will receive T-shirts and other goodies,
along with the satisfaction of helping local students
attend college. Two bounce houses will help enter-
tain the kids after the race, along with lots of food
and music.
Online registration, a route map, and other
information are all available at www.coyotechaser-
ace.com. Adult registration fees are $20 before
race day and $25 on race day. Kids 12 and under
are $15.
For more information, call Baker at 817-598-
6275 or e-mail bbaker@wc.edu.

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