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Celebrate the golden age of San Francisco Giants baseball with Giant Splash, a firsthand account by Giants beat reporter and best-selling author Andrew Baggarly. Since the team moved to the shores of McCovey Cove in 2000, Giants fans have been thrilled by iconic players, historic moments, and heroic performances—not to mention three World Series championships. Giant Splash Celebrate the golden age of San Francisco Giants baseball with Giant Splash, a firsthand account by Giants beat reporter and best-selling author Andrew Baggarly. Since the team moved to the shores of McCovey Cove in 2000, Giants fans have been thrilled by iconic players, historic moments, and heroic performances—not to mention three World Series championships. Giant Splash takes readers onto the field and inside the clubhouse for every unforgettable moment: Barry Bonds’ record-setting home runs, Tim Lincecum’s no-hitter, Matt Cain’s perfect game, Travis Ishikawa’s walk-off pennant winner, and many more.


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Celebrate the golden age of San Francisco Giants baseball with Giant Splash, a firsthand account by Giants beat reporter and best-selling author Andrew Baggarly. Since the team moved to the shores of McCovey Cove in 2000, Giants fans have been thrilled by iconic players, historic moments, and heroic performances—not to mention three World Series championships. Giant Splash Celebrate the golden age of San Francisco Giants baseball with Giant Splash, a firsthand account by Giants beat reporter and best-selling author Andrew Baggarly. Since the team moved to the shores of McCovey Cove in 2000, Giants fans have been thrilled by iconic players, historic moments, and heroic performances—not to mention three World Series championships. Giant Splash takes readers onto the field and inside the clubhouse for every unforgettable moment: Barry Bonds’ record-setting home runs, Tim Lincecum’s no-hitter, Matt Cain’s perfect game, Travis Ishikawa’s walk-off pennant winner, and many more.

30 review for Giant Splash: Bondsian Blasts, World Series Parades, and Other Thrilling Moments by the Bay

  1. 5 out of 5

    NormaJean

    Really like the book, being a Giants fan since the 1970s. This is a fun exciting read and a great way to relive recent successes. I really loved the inside scoops from the players, families and media. Kind of weird how so much was slammed into the last chapter.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Marc

    Having endured many cold days and nights at Candlestick Park, I was one of many Giants' fans who was happy to see them relocate to a new ballpark. Little did I know that the move would usher in a new era of baseball in San Francisco. Once again, Andrew Baggarly has taken us inside the clubhouse and behind the scenes to reveal little known tidbits about some of the most iconic games and players in the short history of PacBell/SBC/AT&T Park. Starting with the very first regular season game played t Having endured many cold days and nights at Candlestick Park, I was one of many Giants' fans who was happy to see them relocate to a new ballpark. Little did I know that the move would usher in a new era of baseball in San Francisco. Once again, Andrew Baggarly has taken us inside the clubhouse and behind the scenes to reveal little known tidbits about some of the most iconic games and players in the short history of PacBell/SBC/AT&T Park. Starting with the very first regular season game played there, Baggarly highlights a different game in each chapter along with one or more of the key players in that game. There are no-hitters, momentous and historic home runs, walk-off playoff victories, World Series highlights and one perfect night in 2012. Reading about these different games, many of which I watched on TV, brings back a flood of memories and many times an "Oh yeah, I forgot that guy played for the Giants." Certain moments, such as JT Snow's homer against the Mets in the playoffs and Travis Ishikawa's walk-off homer against the Cardinals in 2014 still give me goosebumps, and it was wonderful to learn more about the players and the little things which went into creating such huge moments. Fans of the San Francisco Giants will love this book, and fans of baseball in general will as well. Fans of other teams...well, maybe not so much. I thoroughly enjoyed it and I hope the next 15 seasons of Giants' baseball brings more great memories!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Rob Olson

    As a huge fan of the Giants the past 4 years this book was excellent for reliving (and remembering!) the details of their biggest games at AT&T Park. I'd estimate that about 40% of the book is spent on pre 2010 seasons and 60% is on 2010 forward. I particularly appreciated the first chapter which described the state of the SF Giants in the 90s and the details around getting AT&T Park constructed. Andrew Baggarly did a great job in making each chapter engrossing and easy to read. I loved how easy As a huge fan of the Giants the past 4 years this book was excellent for reliving (and remembering!) the details of their biggest games at AT&T Park. I'd estimate that about 40% of the book is spent on pre 2010 seasons and 60% is on 2010 forward. I particularly appreciated the first chapter which described the state of the SF Giants in the 90s and the details around getting AT&T Park constructed. Andrew Baggarly did a great job in making each chapter engrossing and easy to read. I loved how easy it was to pick up, read one chapter, stop, and pick up with the next chapter one month later. Highly recommended for Giants fans.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Mark Flowers

    Bias admitted - I'm a huge Giants fan, attended one of these games (Bonds's 756th home run), and listened to or watched most of the rest. That said, this is a phenomenal piece of reporting, and Baggerly captures all kinds of aspects of these games that I either didn't remember or was never aware of. Probably mostly for Giants fans, but if you're a big enough baseball fan, there's a lot to love here for fans of any team. Bias admitted - I'm a huge Giants fan, attended one of these games (Bonds's 756th home run), and listened to or watched most of the rest. That said, this is a phenomenal piece of reporting, and Baggerly captures all kinds of aspects of these games that I either didn't remember or was never aware of. Probably mostly for Giants fans, but if you're a big enough baseball fan, there's a lot to love here for fans of any team.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Matt Carton

    This is a genuine five stars, not a fanboy five stars. Baggarly is, as Jayson Stark says, one of the best baseball writers in the business. Having watched most of these games - and attending a few in person - makes me relive these great moments.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Mark Pettit

    Thus is really great if you're a Giants fan. There's some repetition, and some confusing time-switching, but I'm really glad I read it. As a new Giants fan this was an awesome way to catch up on some or the important historical games at AT&T Park over the years. Thus is really great if you're a Giants fan. There's some repetition, and some confusing time-switching, but I'm really glad I read it. As a new Giants fan this was an awesome way to catch up on some or the important historical games at AT&T Park over the years.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Russ Bertetta

    Every Giant fan should read this book. Some good behind the scenes info and great build-ups to the greatest games at ATT.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Stephen Boutry

    Loved every story in this book, but the Zito chapter brought tears. Awesome

  9. 5 out of 5

    Carmen C Kiew

  10. 4 out of 5

    Andy Cheung

  11. 5 out of 5

    B_rock

  12. 5 out of 5

    Eleanor

  13. 4 out of 5

    Matt Recker

  14. 5 out of 5

    Ryan

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Cardott

  16. 5 out of 5

    Robert Baron

  17. 5 out of 5

    Spencer Erickson

  18. 4 out of 5

    Steven Rissotto

  19. 5 out of 5

    Steve Flowers

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kevin

  21. 5 out of 5

    Penny

  22. 5 out of 5

    Brad

  23. 4 out of 5

    Frank

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jamie Whitehorn

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jason Snell

  26. 4 out of 5

    Michael

  27. 4 out of 5

    Bruce Jenkins

  28. 5 out of 5

    Dave

    The most important games in SF Giants' history could have done with a lot less Bonds and a lot more Bumgarner. I liked the Lincecum chapters and reading about the castoffs who've been major players in each of the team's three recent WS wins. However, the author dwells on Bonds too much and insists he's the one who 'built' AT&T Park. I disagree. Bonds was an opening act, an I in Team player who never won, but right after his departure the team turns it around and has its best run in history. Yet th The most important games in SF Giants' history could have done with a lot less Bonds and a lot more Bumgarner. I liked the Lincecum chapters and reading about the castoffs who've been major players in each of the team's three recent WS wins. However, the author dwells on Bonds too much and insists he's the one who 'built' AT&T Park. I disagree. Bonds was an opening act, an I in Team player who never won, but right after his departure the team turns it around and has its best run in history. Yet the best player from that run, Madison Bumgarner and his 0.25 World Series ERA, really only gets one chapter. Solid story-telling, but the subject matter mix was too far off to give this more than 3 stars.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Zack

  30. 4 out of 5

    Trevor Hallam

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