Voices from Home

The clubhouse was really quiet after tonight’s 6-4 loss, but it’s always quiet after a loss. We know it’s just one game in a seven-game series. And we know we’re pretty good at clawing back. But it’s disappointing to lose in front of our fans for the third time in the post-season. We hate to do that because our fans are unbelievable.

We’ll wash this one away and win tomorrow. We know what we can do.

Everyone back home in Venezuela is rooting for the Giants because we have so many Venezuelans on the team. My family’s house is packed every night with relatives and friends to watch the games. The newspapers and sports radio stations are carrying stories because they love baseball back there. It’s been so fun to hear from people I haven’t heard from in a long time. Yesterday I got tweets from two schoolmates. They said they were amazed to see me on television in the playoffs.

My twin brother asked me the other day what it’s like to be a starter in the championship series.

“It’s like a dream,’’ I told him. “I feel like I’m in a dream.’’

My dad told me on the phone that he’s proud of me and he loves me and hopes to see me soon – and to bring a ring! “This is your moment,’’ he said. “You always do well in the biggest games.’’ And that’s true. I don’t know why. I think I’m good at calming myself and not trying to do too much.

My dad and my brother also make helpful suggestions – like not to swing at bad pitches and not to take a called strike three with the game on the line (as I did in the NLDS).

“It’s not as easy as it looks on TV,’’ I tell them. “The pitches move a lot more in the big leagues here than in the Venezuelan league. It’s very different.’’

They say, “Oh, of course! You’re doing great!’’

My mother died six years ago of brain cancer at the age of 47. I keep thinking about how much she would have enjoyed all this. She loved baseball. I think about her every at-bat. I ask her to give me strength to be successful. Every big moment – like my triple in the fourth inning today – I wish my mom could be here to watch me. I wish she could see this ballpark. She would be really happy and proud.

Tonight was just one game. It’s fun just to think about what amazing thing might happen on the field tomorrow or the next day or the next. We never know who’s going to be the spark – one day it’s Buster, the next it’s me or Crawford or Angel or a hitter off the bench. Everybody believes in themselves and in each other.

Keep believing. Thanks for reading!

19 Comments

Great Blog! Well written and interesting insight us fans rarely know about preparing for the game, players interacting with each other and their families. Us diehard fans love to hear these intimate details.

Tell us about Michael “The Enigma” Kickham. Tell us how you guys inspire him to do well.

I just noticed The Gregor Blanco blog here. It is well done and interesting to hear the inside information of the clubhouse and game preparation. Looking forward to reading more details.

You have a twin brother???! I’d love to see pictures of you two :)
Love reading your blog! Go get those Cards!

It’s so nice to hear about how far you’ve come though your Career! I’m sure you Mother is very proud. I was watching the post game on Sunday night and Andres Torres was talking about playing winter ball with you and how good of a player you are. & just wanted to let you know how YouTube appreciative

There are 7 games so you’ll come back Game 2 — keep fighting. #Pelea #WinTonight

Te felicito, White Shark. Just like so many SF Giants fans, I’m sure your mom would be totally proud. You’ve added energy to the team since Spring Training — so glad you’re getting the start.

Very nice blog! Thank you. I want all you guys to know that, like Hunter Pence, we want another day with you!

Beautifully written Good luck!

Gracias por compartir con nosotros algo tan especial que es la memoria de tu madre y abrirnos las puertas de tu vida. Has jugado espectacular y quiciera felicitarte Gregor! Eso es todo! A dejar el alma en la cancha (como decimos en el futbol ;) ) Por una victoria hoy y tomarlo dia por dia.

Vamos chavos que si se puede! Arriba los Gigantes! Y un aplauso especial para toda la raza en el equipo! Siendo Mexicana, me llena de orgullo ver tanto Latino en el equipo. Aunque no doleria que contrataran a un Mexicano mas jaja

Eahhh!! PODER LATINO!! ;D

You have thousands of moms cheering for you- we love you! I am so sorry about your mom- my husband has a brain tumor also- devastating disease. He will be at the game with me tonight and we will be cheering extra hard for you (sect. 224). Have you seen the orange/black phones that some of the players have that plug into their cell phones? I will bring you one. Cell phones are causing brain tumors so please be careful and spread the word. GO GET THOSE CARDINALS TONIGHT! And I am working on knocking brain tumors out of the park through my non-profit, the Ca. Brain Tumor Assoc.

mejores deseos!!!!!!best wishes!!!!

Gregor! *sniff* Your mom knows just how well you are playing. I’m sure of that and I’m sure she is so proud. She’s always with you in your heart just like my dad is for me! Tonight’s game while not a win was very exciting and the bullpen was amazing. You hit and got some runs for the fans. Tomorrow behind Ryan I know you will do well. A seven game series is a long series, There is most definitely time to catch up! Good luck tomorrow. Now I must Sleeep!!!!! Love you guys.

Hola Gregor… Me encanta leer tu blog. Estas lleno de optimismo y emanas mucha positividad y buenas vibras. No hay duda que el amor inspira… amor a la pelota, amor a la familia, amor a tu patria y amor a todos los fanaticos que estamos con ustedes partido tras partido, sea gane o perdida. Sin duda tu mami te ve desde el cielo y esta orgullosa de su hijo. Muchas felicidades, sigue adelante y PELEA!!!!

Hola Gregor…
Me encanta leer tu blog. Estas lleno de optimismo y emanas mucha positividad y buenas vibras. No hay duda que el amor inspira… amor a la pelota, amor a la familia, amor a tu patria y amor a todos los fanaticos que estamos con ustedes partido tras partido, sea gane o perdida. Sin duda tu mami te ve desde el cielo y esta orgullosa de su hijo. Muchas felicidades, sigue adelante y PELEA!!!!

I’m so glad that you’re in the starting line-up of the playoffs. Keep up the excellent work! We can always count on you to make those great catches from left field and seeing you getting those crucial hits in each game only confirms our faith in you. You are just what the Giants need to make it all the way!!!

Your mom is with you each time you step to the plate or make an amazing diving catch, and I’m sure she’s unbelievably proud of you.

Tonight’s loss was hard but we believe in you boys. You’ll get it done. Pelea!

Thanks for keep posting articles!
Great insights.
GO GIANTS!( and the WHITE SHARK!)

A great Blog!!!! Your Mom is smiling down from Heaven with a big SMILE ON HER FACE!!

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