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is a cutter. This is a changeup. This is a sinker. He would show these kids on TV how to hold these grips and make these pitches. Now you’re seeing young guys that can do this. They may not understand how to read hitters and swing types—it takes years at this level to do that—but they know how to apply movement. If I was pitching in this

generation, I would’ve had to have those things. I didn’t

of ways, it has changed the game, but not in a good way. We could throw together a team party in a half-an-hour back in those days. I don’t think there are team parties now, not unless you are in the clubhouse celebrating a playoff win or a perfect game or a World Series win. I don’t think you can do it now because everyone has a camera phone. You just couldn’t be yourself. It just

The one thing that Mike and I dois we know how hard the

game is. Once we forget how hard the game is, then we need to stop broadcasting. – DUANE KUIPER

Mike Krukow at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am

compared to an accomplish- ment by a whole team. When a team accomplishes some- thing, the whole region expe- riences it together, and that is truly one of the unique things I have seen in my life. The 2010 experience, being able to interact with the Giants fans in Northern California was a religious experience. We got the chance to do it again last year, and so those are the things that I remember most. There are always the great high- lights with every playoff team. But going to the play- offs, those things pale in comparison to going to the World Series. I wish the 2002 team had been rewarded, because they were a good bunch. But I don’t know if they were as popular as the 2010 and 2012 teams. Those teams were just in- credible fan favor- ites. Those are my favorite memories, going through those playoff runs and getting to watch those teams celebrate. The pa- rade, oh my God, the energy was just from some other world. KUIP: Winning in

learn the cutter or changeup until later in my career. I had been in the Big Leagues 10 years before I started to apply movement to swing type. KUIP: Where the game’s really changed obviously is with much bigger contracts. I think players do have to be much more careful now with social media the way it is. We did things then that we could never do now. Never. It would instantly be put on Twitter or Instagram, and there would be photos. I think in a lot

doesn’t happen anymore. ••• You’ve had the opportunity to see some historic moments in Giants history. How would you rank them? KRUK: The individual mo- ments are pretty phenomenal. I got the chance to see Bonds’ accolades, a Jonathan Sanchez no-hitter and a Matt Cain perfect game. Those are pretty impressive and fun, and it’s easy to get caught up in the moment. But individual ac- complishments are so trivial

2010 is always going to be No. 1. Then 2012 is No. 2. Bonds’ 756th homer, Matt Cain’s perfect game, even the 2002 experience when the Giants lost was fantastic. The 1989 World Series with the earth- quake, I didn’t work it but I was broadcasting then. But all in all, it’s going to

boil down to a championship season, and 2010 and 2012 are Nos. 1 and 2 in my book. •••

How do you explain the Giants winning the World

Series two out of the last three years? KRUK: I think the 1-2 punch that doesn’t get enough ap- plause is Brian Sabean and Bruce Bochy. I think what they do really allows the team to accomplish all that it can. Those two guys profoundly affected the players to the point where they felt they had the advantage, even when they never really matched up favorably against any team. The Braves in 2010 were the only opponent of the six teams in both postseasons where the Giants had the advantage. And the Braves were hurt. They lost several players. But the Giants were the under- dogs against the Phillies, they were the underdogs against the Rangers, they were the underdogs against the Reds, the Cardinals, the Tigers. To be able to see those guys overcome the odds and be able to put it together, those are the things that really reflect leadership. KUIP: It’s interesting because the only constant between 2010 and 2012 was the pitch- ing staff and Buster Posey. Remember Pablo didn’t play a lot in 2010. That’s the only constant. That’s why both world championships were so different, and both were so much fun for different rea- sons. You had an older group of guys in 2010, and a younger group in 2012. To watch each team do what they did was absolutely fantastic. To sit in the parade in

2010, and then do it again in 2012 when everyone thought you couldn’t duplicate that parade—it turned out to be just as good. Those things are lifelong memories for our families and everyone who was in those parades. As Mike and I like to

say, that’s the third parade we’ve been in: 2010, 2012, and then in 2009, when we were the grand marshals for the Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival.

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