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Jeremy Affeldt’s cleats sent to Hall of Fame

By Melissa Felkins

After the San Francisco Giants clinched their third World Series Championship this week, the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown was quick to snatch up some the the history gear worn by the players, according to Chris Haft.

Among the items sent to the Hall of Fame were Madison Bumgarner and Bruce Bochy‘s caps, Buster Posey‘s jeresey, bats from Hunter Pence and Pablo Sandoval, and cleats won by Jeremy Affeldt.

"Caps worn by 2014 World Series Most Valuable Player Award winnerMadison Bumgarner and San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy,Buster Posey‘s champagne-soaked jersey and the bats used by offensive stars Hunter Pence and Pablo Sandoval arrived at baseball’s shrine on Thursday, along with the grass-and-dirt-caked spikes Game 7 winner Jeremy Affeldt wore while tossing 2 1/3 scoreless innings during San Francisco’s third World Series clincher in five seasons.“[Affeldt is] just a real average, blue-collar reliever — a really great guy who’s been around the game a long time,” said Brad Horn, Hall of Fame vice president for communications and education. “He was so excited, because he’s so thrilled to bring his boys to Cooperstown, knowing that he’ll never be a Hall of Famer, but something of his winds up in the Hall of Fame. That’s kind of what all of these moments represent.”"

Affeldt told the story of how they approached him after the game to ask for his cleats and he was stunned. That was my favorite part of what they took. Affeldt is not a Hall of Fame guy, but what he did in the postseason and during his time in San Francisco has earned him some respect. To see something of his making it in there, especially from such an important game that he came in and saved from getting away, he deserves it.