The San Francisco Giants haven’t had a good season in 2017. But there were definitely a few great moments this season. Our writers and editors have submitted their favorite moments of the year.
Daniel Sperry: Christian Arroyo’s first Career Home-Run
That Christian Arroyo home-run really felt like it was going to be a special moment. I sure thought it was. The Giants had been whithering away in the bottom of the standings. Madison Bumgarner was hurt and out indefinitely. They just went to Kansas City and scored two runs, and then went to Colorado and got flat-out destroyed. Then up came the kid. Arroyo was tearing it up in Sacramento and really forced his way into the team. He had a few decent at-bats and had finally gotten his first hit the night before. The one everyone was waiting for was that home-run.
That home-run finally came, down 3-0 to the Los Angeles Dodgers of all teams. Sergio Romo of all people was on the mound, and Arroyo was looking to get them back into it. Romo threw his patented slider in a 2-0 count, and Arroyo got extended and yanked it into the gap. The ball cleared the wall, bringing the Giants within one run. That game had felt like a turning point in the Giants season. Struggling for so long, they get a home-run from their new kid on the block to get them into gear. It didn’t really work in the long run, but that’s ok.
Hopefully we’ll see a whole more of this from Arroyo in 2018, as he gets healthy, and surely the Giants try to find a spot for him in their lineup.