Prior to Game 6 of the 2012 NLCS, Metallica's James Hetfield took the microphone and addressed the crowd at AT&T Park.
"San Francisco -- are you as excited as I am today? Are you ready to kick some Cardinals ass? This is do-or-die for us friends and San Franciscans do not die easy, right?
"We're going to show the world how we do it; how the San Francisco Giants fans do it here. Are you with me? Are you with me? San Francisco -- let's play ball."
On Thursday morning, Ryan Vogelsong talked about that moment.
"I don't think I throw like that in the first inning if he doesn't say that," Vogelsong said on KNBR 680. "I'm down there warming up and I feel really good. And I know I feel really good. And I'm trying to back myself down in the bullpen because I'm like 'save some bullets.' But I want to get the edge off so that I can throw strikes.
"Well, then at the end of my warmup, he does that. And now I'm just getting ready to fly off the mound. I'm walking down and I look at Rags (pitching coach Dave Righetti) and I'm like, 'I gotta calm myself down.' That's the first time I've ever been on a major league field where I had to tell myself to calm down; back it off, you know?
"That totally set the stage for the night for me. But it just so happened that that's as locked in as I've ever been."
Vogelsong's stat line: 7 innings, 1 run, 4 hits, 1 walk, 9 strikeouts.
And most importantly -- the win.
On Monday, the Giants announced that Ryan Vogelsong will officially retire as a Giant.
There will be some kind of ceremony before the game this Sunday against the Diamondbacks.
"I got a little bit of the scoop but I'm not gonna be the one to spill the beans," Vogelsong said. "You're gonna have to get that out of somebody else."