POLL: Giants Memorable Moments — Belt's 18th Inning HR Against Nats Vs 1987 West-clinching Win in San Diego

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1. Brandon Belt's 18th inning homer against the Nationals in 2014 NLDS (10-time winner -- Brandon Crawford's grand slam in Giants' 8-0 win over Pirates in 2014 NL Wild Card Game)

(From Alex Pavlovic)
By the end of an 18-inning win over the Nationals in Game 2 of the 2014 NLDS, the Giants were drained in every way. It would be understandable if some of them have few solid memories of the six-hour, 23-minute marathon game, but Brandon Belt will never forget the details. His solo shot off Tanner Roark in the top of the 18th was the difference in a 2-1 win. Four years later, the moment is still fresh in his mind, from his preparation for the at-bat to the emphatic bat drop: 

(From Brandon Belt)
"I remember chugging a Red Bull. It was late into the night and that's tough, it's mentally draining and physically draining to be in a game like that, where you're giving everything you've got to win a baseball game. I was drained at that moment to say the least. I remember chugging a Red Bull and going out there and thinking, 'I'm just going to try and get on base and see what happens.' I remember just not trying to do too much and he gave me a pitch that I could handle, that was kind of in my happy zone. It felt like one of the first home runs I ever hit. It's like you're in Little League and you hit a home run and it's like you're in a dream and it's not real life -- it was kind of the same way. 

"We had just played so long and it was such a big moment in the game, and the fact that I was able to come through and help us win with such a big hit, it was surreal to me. I felt like I was floating around the bases. I think (the bat drop) was relief, more than anything. When I do that I don't really know I do it. It was really just relief. The way the game was going, we had to assume it was over after that. The bullpen had done so well and everyone was so tired. It was going to be tough for (the Nationals) to come back after that.

"We were just ready to go home. We had a long flight after that. We just put so much effort into it and all the guys did so great. Pablo came up with a big hit in the ninth inning and Petit throwing (six shutout) innings. For me, that was the pivotal game of that entire playoffs. We were playing the best team in the NL and to be able to come home up 2-0 was huge."


2. Giants' NL West clinching win in San Diego in 1987

(From Mike Krukow -- Giants pitcher from 1983 through 1989 and current NBC Sports Bay Area Giants analyst)

The stretch drive for the ‘87 Giants was an incredible time. For most of us, we had not only never been to the playoffs, we had also played on the ‘85 team that lost 100 games. To get to the playoffs not only represented professional baseball credibility, it would also go along way of erasing the horrible memory of being on a team that lost 100 games.

We all wanted it badly.

When the game started we were all suffering from the "Over-Amp" and we just wanted to know how it was all going to turn out. We were not used to the playoff atmosphere.

I truly believe that what calmed us all down were the unusual home runs that were hit in that game. Jeffrey Leonard and Chili Davis' 100th home runs brought us back to earth. Two milestone HR's hit on the same day and both guys teasing the other one about who got it first and then who hit it the farthest! Good Laughs that we all needed to shake the "over amp".

And then, to top it all off, Caveman Robinson, a pitcher, hit the longest HR of the three! After that, we felt bullet proof.


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