How Giant Inspiration Kept This Fan on the Right Path

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    It seems like the entire Bay Area is cheering on the San Francisco Giants. The team in orange and black is giving people new hope, something to be happy and excited about. The Giants have changed the life of at least one extreme fan.

    Darryl King-Monroe grew up in the Bayview. The way this 22-year-old puts it, nothing good happens there and the Giants kept him out of trouble. Since King-Monroe was a kid, he has been going to the ballpark obsessively, collecting autographs and souvenirs.

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    King-Monroe says when he was 10, he asked then San Diego manager Bruce Bochy for an autograph.

    Over the years, their paths outside the park kept crossing. King-Monroe says Bochy always asked him about school, insisted that he study and pressed him to make an academic goal. The Bayview boy treasured those moments and those autographs and somewhere along the line, Bochy's coaching sunk in.

    King-Monroe gives Bochy credit for his success in school. He says it was Bochy who kept him on the right path. He is currently attending City College with the goal of becoming a broadcast journalist. A dream coaxed by a coach with a magic touch on and off the field.