Ishikawa's Ninth Inning 3-Run Walk0ff Home Run Propels Giants to 2014 World Series
Travis Ishikawa is mobbed by celebratory teammates as he
rounds third base after hitting the game-winning 3-run homer off Michael Wacha in
the 9th Inning to give the Giants a 6-3 Win Over the Cardinals at AT&T Park
San Francisco will visit Kansas City on
for the start of the 2014 World Series. It will be the Giants third trip to the
Fall Classic in the past five seasons.
This marks just the second time the World
Series will feature Wild Card teams from both leagues. The last time that occurred
was 2002 when the Giants lost to the Anaheim Angels in seven games.
by Henry Schulman, San Francisco Chronicle
The 2014 Giants fell out of first place with a tremendous early-summer thud. They fell out of
the top wild-card spot with a tepid late summer. They kept tumbling until it was time to rise, dust
themselves off and become the last National League club standing.
Mobbing was more like it, after the Giants captured their third pennant in five seasons in the
most thrilling way possible Thursday night.
After Michael Morse so improbably tied Game 5 of the National League Championship Series with an
eighth-inning homer off Pat Neshek, Travis Ishikawa hit a three-run homer off Michael Wacha with
one out in the ninth for a 6-3 win that sent AT&T Park into a state of delirium, and the Giants
to the World Series.
The Giants won their seventh pennant in San Francisco and 21st in franchise history
with, of all things, the long ball.
To read the rest of Schulman's Chronicle story, go here.
Tim Church, a Sacramento native, said this about Ishikawa in a Facebook post
What a great story Travis Ishikawa is!!! Another beautiful example of
redemption. He gets released by the Pittsburgh Pirates in April, the Giants
eventually re-sign him (he was with them in 2010 when they won the WS!), he
spends most of the season in Fresno where the Giants Triple A team WAS (it now
will be in Sacramento, starting in 2015!) and then the G's bring him up late in
the year, and NOW he gets them to the World Series again with a walk-off homer
in the bottom of the ninth. So happy for Travis Ishikawa! What a moment! What a
beautiful moment for a guy like that!
Scouts Swap Stories
a visit today with Ron King, former dean of scouts, as he entertained two
current area scouts, Don Lyle (Indians) and Gary Wilson
the conversation, King reminded us on how he missed out on signing Lyle, a 18-year-old college
freshman who played on Cosumnes River College, that year’s Valley Conference champion under
Jerry Conway. We’ll continue the story from our Spotlight feature on Lyle four years
Always young for his class, that summer he was eligible to play on the Post 61
American Legion team, which won the local district and competed for the state title. With one year
of college ball under his belt, Lyle starred in Yountville; snaggin' home run balls over the fence
and generally creating mayhem on the basepaths. His performance garnered the attention of Dodgers
scout, Ron King. But before King could talk to him, Lyle dropped off the sandlot radar.
Lyle left with three friends to attend electronics trade school at DeVry
University in Phoenix. Studying by day and working at night in a factory packaging contraceptive
pills, Lyle heard the siren's song when the Cincinnati Reds held an open tryout camp. He went with
only his glove, dressed in shorts and sandals. Admittedly rusty, Don impressed Dick Howsam,
Jr., who signed him the next day to the minimum $500 bonus.
Meantime, his mother told him Mr. King had been leaving messages trying to reach
him. Unbeknown to Lyle, the Dodgers scout was ready to sign him to a contract with an $8,000 bonus.
When Lyle finally connected with King one day later, he was already the property of the Reds—and
$7,500 poorer. *
Lyle retired after playing seven seasons in the Cincinnati organization, including
the last two at their Triple-A affiliate, Indianapolis in 1980.
King also recalled Wilson, an 18th-round draft pick
of the Pirates in 1992, pitching the Carolina Mudcats to the Southern League championship in 1994.
Wilson pitched one season for the Pirates before retiring in 1995.
played eight minor league seasons, including four in the Cleveland organization which signed him
out of Christian Brothers High in 1946, and one season with the hometown Sacramento
the Spotlight feature on King go here, and
the feature on Lyle, go here.
Lyle stated the bonus was $5,000, but King--whose mind is razor sharp at 86--recalls it was for