San Francisco, CA – The Giants celebrated the return of Michael Morse but in the process lost their way after the celebration. The Marlins got inspired after watching their teammate receive his World Series Championship ring in a emotional ceremony. Morse got to relive that magical moment when San Francisco won their third Word Series last October.
“Its so humbling because you work so hard in this game,” said Morse. “To be a Giant, call yourself a Giant and to be apart of history is something I really never thought, I’d be able to do. We got along so well, its alway going to be a memory in my mind and I’ll never forget.”
Right before the first pitch, the Giants directed everyone’s attention to the jumbotron where a video montage was done in honor of Morse. Highlighting the moments during the playoffs were he hit the game-tying home run in the eighth inning of the NLCS game. And the go-ahead winning run in gam seven of the World Series.
The entire team gathered along side CEO Larry Bauer and manager Bruce Bochy when they presented Morse with his ring. He received a standing ovation from the crowd as well as his current teammates from the dugout. Morse was overwhelmed with emotion and pressured into opening his Tiffany’s box by his former teammates. Once he put the ring on the crowd erupted in applause.
“I think it’ll be kind of neat, to me you never really get that opportunity to stop and reflect what went on,” he explained. “What we did last year was very special and not many people realize that. But we went through some hard, hard times and we came out on top. It made us stronger on and off the field. It’s going to be a great ceremony.”
“It’s going to be a big night for him,” Bochy said. “I think for the players who were his teammates here, they’ll be excited for him. He’s getting his ring, its his first one, this is a special moment. Its going to be a little bit emotional for him, taking him back down memory lane. We’re very, very grateful for what he did. Early in the season he did a nice job of caring us, big home run against St. Louis and what he did in the World Series, especially the seventh game. It doesn’t happen without him.”
It truly was a walk down memory lane, the speakers blasted Morse’s favorite at-bat song, “Take On Me” by A-ha. In baseball you leave the the past behind but when you earn a championship ring ad receive it while on a new team. It’s beyond a special feeling. Its an honor to be remembered and appreciated by the fans as well as the organization. Morse is and will always be a fan favorite here at AT&T Park.
“Spring Training, guys asked me about winning a world series. We (the Giants) didn’t try to win every game we tried to win the series. That takes a lot of pressure off you and it’s something were trying to instill here. They’re a lot of young guys here, so it’ll be interesting to see if we get that feel I had with the Giants.”
The Marlins maybe a long way from winning three World Series but they did get some motivation afterwards. Miami beat the Giants 7-2 and scored three runs in the second off Tim Hudson who allowed a career-high fifteen hits tonight. He became the fourth player to allow 15 or more hits in a game sine 1958.
Hudson dodged a bullet in the first frame when he yielded back-to-back singles to both Martin Prado and Giancarlo Stanton. But Marcell Ozuna hit into a double play to end the inning. Hudson wasn’t as lucky in the second when the Marlins took a 3-0 lead. Dan Haren’s two run double got the offense going and Dee Gordon doubled on a line drive to score in Haren. Prado grounded out to end the frame.
“Really, Haren’s the one who killed us, on the mound and with the bat,” said Bochy.
Ozuna hit his first home run of the season when he scored in two in the seventh. Stanton had 27 RBI’s before added the fifth with a sacrifice fly in the fifth inning and scored in Miami’s insurance run in the ninth when Dee Gordon scored off his ground ball in the ninth. Miami has gone 14-5 at AT&T Park since 2010.
“Our guys really like playing here for whatever reason,” Marlins manager Mike Redmond said. “It’s a really great atmosphere. It’s cool, which is completely different for us. It’s just a fun place to play.”