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The Giants are currently ahead of the Dbacks 8-1 in the top of the 7th. Ryan Vogelsong, who’s been very good today, lost it in the top of the 7th, gave up 3 hits in a row, the final hit by the pitcher. So Bochy walked to the mound and took him out.

As Vogelsong, tired but triumphant, strode toward the dugout the crowd rose for a heartfelt standing O. Vogelsong kept walking. Did he see the crowd? Did he hear the crowd? Was he down about being taken out? Would he tip his cap as a sign of recognition?

A few feet from the dugout steps he put right hand to the bill of his cap, the understated but ultimate mark of thanks and recognition. Just a touch of the cap. Baseball can be so understated and beautiful.

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  1. mbabco

    Who would have thought at the start of the year that Vogelsong would bail out the Giants after Lincecum and Cain couldn’t get it done.

    August 3rd, 2011 2:36 pm

  2. KauaiRobert

    I think he was pissed at Bochy for yanking him.
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    But anyway…I’m with you Lowell, some traditions–even the simplest ones–are truly beautiful.
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    That’s one of them.
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    -ALOHA-

    August 3rd, 2011 2:47 pm

  3. Stan

    And it was a warm-for San Francisco-sunny,endless summer day. It all tie’s in to that beauty…

    August 3rd, 2011 3:54 pm

  4. mendozaline

    A little bit about Ted Williams and tipping the cap from wikipedia:
    “Williams demanded loyalty from those around him. He could not forgive the fickle nature of the fans — booing a player for booting a ground ball, then turning around and roaring approval of the same player for hitting a home run. Despite the cheers and adulation of most of his fans, the occasional boos directed at him in Fenway Park led Williams to stop tipping his cap in acknowledgement after a home run.
    Williams maintained this policy up to and including his swan song in 1960. After hitting a home run in his last career at-bat in Fenway Park, Williams characteristically refused either to tip his cap as he circled the bases or to respond to prolonged cheers of “We want Ted!” from the crowd by making an appearance from the dugout. The Boston manager Pinky Higgins sent Williams to his fielding position in left field to start the ninth inning, but then immediately recalled him for his back-up Carroll Hardy, thus allowing Williams to receive one last ovation as he jogged on and off the field. But he did so without reacting to the crowd. Williams’s aloof attitude led the writer John Updike to wryly observe that “Gods do not answer letters.”
    Williams’s final home run did not take place during the final game of the 1960 season, but rather in the Red Sox’s last home game that year. The Red Sox played three more games, but they were on the road in New York City and Williams did not appear in any of them, as it became clear that Williams’s final home at-bat would be the last one of his career.
    In 1991 on Ted Williams Day at Fenway Park, Williams pulled a Red Sox cap from out of his jacket and tipped it to the crowd. This was the first time that he had done so since his earliest days as a player.”

    August 3rd, 2011 10:51 pm

  5. Tommy CostaRica

    Makes you wish you could be out there in your kayak

    August 4th, 2011 5:42 am

  6. Marcia Phillips

    Is it against the law for the Giants to bunt? Tonight (Tuesday) the score could have been 5-2. Just wondering.

    September 13th, 2011 10:38 pm

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