San Francisco Giants taken down by Rockies 7-run 9th inning, Jeremy Affeldt officially says good-bye

By Toni Cecchetti
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Aug 29, 2015; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants fans applauded starting pitcher Ryan Vogelsong (32) who was relieved in the fifth inning of their MLB baseball game with the St. Louis Cardinals at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Lance Iversen-USA TODAY Sports

Bochy and Ryan Vogelsong gave the fan appreciation speeches after the game ended. Bochy thanked the fans specifically, saying “I wanna thank you for making AT&T Park the best place to play the game of of baseball. I know next year is an even year, we’ve got some work to do…we will be ready…”

Vogey was was sincere and his speech was very sentimental. Speaking directly to the fans, he said: “saying you’re the best fans in the world doesn’t do you justice… you’re more than that…you’re a part of us we can’t thank you enough for everything you guys do for us…”

He talked about being drafted back in 1998 and going to his first game at Candlestick. He saw a t-shirt in a souvenir stand that read: “All men are created equal. Some of us are lucky enough to become Giants.” And while at first he didn’t understand what that means, he understands it now. He said it means “it’s special and it’s special because our front office picks certain guys to put on this uniform…and it’s special because of the city and it’s special because of you. Because you’re loyal. Because your energy, because you’re passionate and because you support us.”

He finished up saying “I don’t know where I’m gonna to be next year or what the front of my jersey’s gonna say, but I do know one thing‒I will always, always be a Giant.”

That is the best thing about being a fan and the biggest thing that separates us from the team. I will always know what name will be on the front of my jersey and I know where I’m gonna be next year, and the year after that. Just like Vogelsong and Jeremy, I will always, always be a Giant.

Rest up team. Looking forward to a happy, healthy 2016.

Because it’s our year. I believe.