POLL: Giants Memorable Moments — Cain's Perfect Game Vs Winning 2002 NL Pennant

PROGRAMMING NOTE: NBC Sports Bay Area is looking back at the Giants' 60 Memorable Moments since the franchise moved from New York to San Francisco. Tune into Giants Pregame Live at 6pm to see the next two moments you can vote on! Then, after the Giants and Pirates conclude, tune into Postgame Live to see which moment will move on.

1. Matt Cain's Perfect Game in 2012 (12-time winner -- Defeated Giants win 2014 NLCS Game 3 over St. Louis thanks to Gregor Blanco's game-winning bunt single)

(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. Winning 2002 National League Pennant against Cardinals

(From former Giants shortstop and current NBC Sports Bay Area analyst Rich Aurilia)

The 2002 season for the Giants was a memorable one for numerous reasons. 

Game 4 of the National League Championship series was a tight contest that was won on a late dramatic home run from series MVP Benito Santiago. 

Game 5 was another tightly contested game that the Giants were losing 1-0 going into the bottom of the eighth. A sac fly from Barry Bonds tied the game 1-1. In the bottom of the ninth David Bell and Shawon Dunston both hit two-out singles chasing Matt Morris from the game after a great outing. The Cardinals brought in lefty specialist Steve Kline to face Kenny Lofton with the winning run on second. Lofton lined a hard single to right fielder JD Drew who charged hard and made an attempt to throw out Bell at the plate. Bell slid in belly first to secure the National League Pennant for the 2002 San Francisco Giants.


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