One more win

Last year, I was covering the San Francisco Giants for a photo wire service. I’d never covered a minor league game before, but there were two highly touted prospects playing for the Giants’ A-ball team in San Jose.  After checking the pitching match-ups for an early season homestand that coincided with the big club playing on the road, I asked my editor to get me a credential for the game.

The minor league club, filled with 18- and 19-year-old kids playing in their first year of pro ball, clearly didn’t get much coverage as the team’s head of media relations met me at the gate and gave me a tour of the park.  It was a beautiful day and the rookies dominated the game.  I sold one of my photos of the catcher to Sports Illustrated, but nobody was interested in the pitcher or the shot of the two of them on the mound.

It was an effortless win and the two obviously had great chemistry.  After the game, I told everyone with any interest that I just saw the future of the Giants and it looked awfully promising. I never would have believed, however, that it’d be so soon and on such a big stage.

Madison Bumgarner and Buster Posey just led the Giants to the brink of the team’s first World Series championship in 56 years.  Bumgarner shut out the most potent offense in the American League, scattering three hits over eight innings. Posey homered, threw out the only attempted stolen base, and called a perfect game behind the plate.

A long way from San Jose.

San Jose Giants catcher Buster Posey (7) talks things over with starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner (17) during the Giants' 8-1 win over the Lake Elsinore Storm minor league baseball game at Municipal Stadium in San Jose, CA.

6 thoughts on “One more win

  1. I think you have your next career as a scouting agent in the bag!!!

    Take care – we miss you and are hoping to see you at Christmas!

    Much love,


    1. Thanks, Matt. Not exactly psychic or I would have put off the foreign service and been on the field in Texas last night! No complaints, though. What a season, even from afar.

  2. Thanks for providing such a personal insider look at life in the Foreign Services! I wanted to post something that might be of interest to your readers — the Foreign Policy Association is hosting a seminar this Saturday 12/2 in NYC about landing a job in the Foreign Services and what the process entails. This wouldn’t be so much of interest to you, but it might be a good opportunity for people visiting your blog to check it out.

    Anyway, keep up the blogging — I’m sure many visit here to live vicariously through this blog!

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