From the first game of the season, watching pitcher Madison Bumgarner hit two home runs, to the final ho
me game saying goodbye to Matt Cain, 2017 still had some special moments.
Buster Hug, USA Edition:
Before the season started, Buster Posey was selected to play for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic. This photo was taken after an 8-0 win over team Puerto Rico during Game 3 of the Championship Round of the 2017 WBC at Dodger Stadium. Posey, who was playing first base at the time, embraced fellow catcher Jonathan Lucroy and gave him one of his patented “Buster Hugs.” Considering that Posey mentioned after the series that he was “thrilled” with the experience and would play again in 2021 if asked, this may not be the last Buster Hug for Team USA.
Brandon Crawford in full flight:
There is nothing quite as mesmerizing to watch as Brandon Crawford playing defense. His quick feet, strong arm, quicker release and stronger hair game make for a shortstop destined for Hollywood fame and fortune. It is fitting that the picture selected is at Dodger Stadium as well. Crawford’s dive for the ball has him outstretched and airborne in an attempt to make another tremendous defensive stop. The only question remains as to whether or not the play was made. Considering the defensive success of the perennial Gold Glove winner, it is no doubt that the script was already written for this play.
Johnny Being Johnny
If Crawford is mesmerizing, Johnny Cueto is something else. His throwing style and pitching talents are vast and varied and nowhere is this more evident than in this photo from an April game in San Diego. If there was ever a statue of the man outside AT&T Park one day, this might have to be it. As fans enter the park now, they see the unique style of Hall of Famer Juan Marichal and his incredible leg kick. With Cueto on his right tip toe as his other three limbs seem to be going in different directions, it is no wonder that Cueto fools hitters often.
So Long Cainer
With so many disappointing moments from a 98 loss season, being able to say a proper baseball goodbye to one of the best Giants to ever put on the uniform was important. Matt Cain pitched five innings and left the game the way he had so many times before: with the lead. At that moment, Cain and the fans were able to share a moment that will be remembered by every Giants fan in attendance and every Giants fan watching on television. It was a beautiful end to a magnificent career, and it means Matt Cain is the WINNER of the 2017 Giants Oscar for Best Picture.