Welcome to 22gigantes.com, a fan-centered Giants blog that doesn’t bore you with a bunch of nerdy stats to somehow try and impress you.
Nope, I actually like to watch the game and enjoy America’s past time the way it was meant to be enjoyed. With a beer in one hand and a hot dog in the other. If that impresses you, so be it. If not, feel free to hit the StumbleUpon button now.
My foray into sports journalism began in the 1980s. I spent nine years as a Sports Director at several different FM radio stations in northern California where, at one time or another, I covered the Giants, A’s, Warriors, Kings, Monarchs, Gold Miners (originally the Surge), Sac Attack! (remember them?), UC Davis Aggies football, Sac State Hornets football, and dozens of high school football games on Friday nights. (I also hosted a one-hour Grateful Dead radio program on Saturday nights, but that’s another story.)
In 2009, I started this blog as a fun way to stay up on all the latest happenings with the Orange & Black. Never did I imagine it would grow into a 30,000 page-views-per-month superblog. (Gee, I wonder how many page views those lonely, pimple-faced sabermetrician bloggers get?)
My days as a rabidly-obsessed Giants fan actually began four decades ago.
In 1970, at the age of six, my father took me to my first baseball game at the ‘Stick…I’ve been a Giants crack monkey ever since.
Some of my favorite players include: Vida Blue, Mike Ivie, Darrell Evans, Matt Williams, The Three Willies (Clark, Mays and McCovey), Bill “Mad Dog” Madlock, Terry Whitfield, Kirt “What Is That” Manwaring, Rick “Big Daddy” Reuschel, Jeffrey “HacMan” Leonard, Billy North, Jack “The Ripper” Clark, Bengie Molina, Johnnie LeMaster, Barry Bonds, and the list goes on and on…
These days, I’ve got a 7-year-old son myself. I love taking him to the ballpark and watching him grow into an even bigger Giants fan than me. That’s livin’ right there!
When I’m not obsessing over the Giants, I’m usually hanging out with my gorgeous wife, barbecuing a Costco tri-tip, and drinking a glass of Two Buck Chuck. Many days you might find me hiking along the American River with my dog, Will, taking in God’s beautiful creation. (My trusty transistor radio is never too far from my pocket on game days!)
I enjoy getting other people’s perspectives on topics of mutual interest, so please chime in on my posts. I truly look forward to your comments.
~ Troy Nelson, founder and COO (chief opinionated officer)
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