I "Har-D-en", ahem, "Har-K-en" back to days of yore when the sun beat down on my face and all was good in Oakland.
Mark Mulder still threw the "S-Mulder". Huddy was the unquestioned ACE. Giambi was the MVP, while the next MVP laid in waiting. Barry Zito was a year away from his Cy Young and Art Howe almost won Manger of the year. Ah those were the days.
"Howe" many of you were at the game when AN was hatched? That was the day that the magic happened.
Jason Giambi stepped in against Mike Stanton in the bottom of the ninth and sent us home in a frenzy I have rarely felt. (Scutaro's double against the Twins and Baron's slam against Utah) I was holding my "Sign Giambi or Sell The Team" sign in section 107, while our own "Blez" was grinning ear to ear and becoming an A's fan. I can still see the blurring and radiance that the emotion of a packed house created.
Barry Zito, Miguel Tejada, Hudson, Mulder and Ramon all ran on the field to congratulate "G" that day. Now they are all gone. I miss that team man...I truly do. Now two of those four active players are on the Giants and they are two of the players that I loved the most.