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1. Matt Cain's Perfect Game in 2012
(From Matt Cain - Giants Pitcher, 2005-2017)
The Perfect Game was one of the most memorable nights of my playing career.
I had always dreamed of throwing a no-hitter. I had come so close so many times throughout my career and in my younger years, but never had one.
The ballpark was so electric that night. We had the TaylorMade guys out hitting golf balls. Dustin Johnson hitting monster drives into McCovey Cove, and I snuck one good swing in there as well.
Pretty surreal day. I still think back to all the plays and pitches during that game. To have every single player on the same wave length and all realizing what was unfolding is truly something special. Everyone likes to say I pitched a perfect game and I get the credit for it but I'm in debt to everyone of the guys who made a play behind me , one that still doesn't make sense in right center field, and I owe the most to the guy who called 125 perfect pitches behind the plate.
Thanks to all the fans that have come up to me and shared there story about that night. So fun to hear them all!!
2. Jeffrey 'HacMan' Leonard's four home runs in the 1987 NLCS
(From Mike Krukow)
The playoff atmosphere with the Cardinals was electric. Two hard-nosed teams with incredible baseball histories getting after it with a purebred dislike for one another. What could be better. They would win one, we would win one. They would knock us down and we would knock them down.
The play around the bag at second base was aggressive and dangerous. It was pure baseball.
In the midst of the intensity, Hacman Leonard was going out of his mind. It seemed like he was hitting a home run every night and putting on a clinic defensively in left field. He was playing at a different level.
How the one flap evolved I couldn't tell you. It just happened. But it didn't go unnoticed. The fans in St Louis took it as a personal insult and reacted to Leonard as if he had personally slapped them all in the face. Hacman loved it. He fed off it and we fed off of him. It was so outrageously fun.
I still haven't gotten over losing that series.