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Third Time’s the Charm

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[Editor’s Note: Today we have a guest entry from “Collector’s Corner” columnist Brinke Guthrie — that’s him above — who stopped looking for vintage gear on eBay long enough to engage in one of his favorite rituals involving his favorite team, the San Francisco Giants. — PL]

By Brinke Guthrie

Here’s a tradition that doesn’t get old — for the third time in four years (early 2011, 2013, and now 2015), I’ve had the pleasure of viewing the Giants’ World Series trophy up close and personal,

Here’s how it works: In mid-December or so, the Giants unveil the schedule for where and when they’ll be taking the trophy “on tour.” Back in early 2011, after the first of the Bruce Bochy-era titles, they held a trophy tour in nearby Walnut Creek at a civic auditorium kinda place, and the line wrapped around the block. I figured, “Okay, this is nice, probably the only time this will ever happen. I’ll stick it out.” After all, they moved to San Francisco in ’58, and this was the first title since then. But then they won again in 2012, this time the trophy made an appearance at the Giants Dugout Store. That was a last-minute addition to the trophy tour, and virtually no one knew about it. No long lines — I was in and out in five minutes. (Continue reading)

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Before we get to today’s blog content: I have a new ESPN column today. It’s a follow-up to last Friday’s column about All-Star Game batting helmet mix-ups. I’m excited about this one because it adds a lot to the historical record, including some stuff I had previously known about but forgotten and some stuff . . . → Read More: Let’s Go Shopping for Hardware