After spending a lot of time in the last few weeks contacting news station like NBC Bay Area, The Mercury News, and East Bay Times, without any response, and even more emails to blogs like Bay Area Spots Guy and Warriors World, again without response, I realized that there isn’t anyone else I should interview for this project besides………………….
His name is Larry so his answers will be labeled “L” and since I love talking sports, I’ll be answering the questions too, with my answers labeled “R”.
Q1: Where in California have you lived and during what years of your life?
L: San Luis Obispo from 1947 – 1949 and the Monterey Bay Area(Monterey, Carmel, Salinas) from 1949 – 2005.
R: Salinas, CA from 1996 – 2005.
Q2: Who/what introduced you to the San Francisco Giants, the San Francisco 49ers, the Golden State Warriors and the San Jose Sharks?
L: The 49ers and Giants from my dad, uncles and cousins and the Warriors and Sharks from my friends and co-workers.
R: All four from family. My dad, mom, brother, aunts and uncles.
Q3: What is your fondest memory of any of your favorite teams from the Bay Area?
L: Paying $2 to sit in the bleachers and watch true doubleheaders. Two SF Giants games for $2.00, with your brother and his friends.
R: Too many for my generation, after recent success for the Giants and Warriors, but one that does stick out the three straight NFC Championship appearances by the 49ers from 2011-2013(even though they never actually won a Super Bowl).
Q4: Who was your favorite Bay Area athlete(s) while growing up/as a young adult?
L: There is only one answer…Willie Mays!
R: Barry Bonds.
San Francisco Giants Legends Willie Mays(left) and Barry Bonds(right).
Q5: Who is your favorite Bay Area athlete(s) now?
L: Probably SF Giants Shortstop Brandon Crawford right now.
R: Golden State Warriors Guard, Stephen Curry.
Q6: What are your thoughts on the Raiders move to Las Vegas in a few years?
L: The second time the Raiders have deserted their fans. Bye Bye, don’t come back!
R: This just means the 49ers are the best NFL team in the Bay now!
Q7: List your top five favorite championship teams, from the Bay Area and a short description why. (In any particular order)
- 2010 – SF Giants – after losing the 1989 earthquake series against the A’s.
- 1982 – 49ers – Ray Wersching kicked 2 field goals in the 4th quarter.
- 1975 – Warriors – Rick Barry carried the team through the Finals, for their first NBA Title.
- 1972 – Oakland A’s – 7 game series against Reds, for their first World Series win in Oakland.
- 1990 – 49ers – Super Bowl XXIV, Niners beat the Denver Broncos 55-10. It was the first date with mom. We went to a Bronco’s party at a friend’s house and rubbed it in the whole game.
- 2010 – SF Giants – It was the first championship team I had seen from any of my favorite teams.
- 2015 – Warriors – First championship in 40 years and LeBron and the Cavaliers lost.
- 2014 – SF Giants – Madison Bumgarner set the record for lowest World Series ERA ever.
- 2016 – Sharks – Didn’t actually win the Stanley Cup but was their first Stanley Cup Final appearance in their history.
- 2012 – SF Giants – Clean sweep of the Detroit Tigers and Pablo Sandoval’s 3 home run game.
It’s always a blessing whenever the Giants or 49ers or Warriors play the Twins, Viking or Timberwolves and my father and I get to watch their broadcasts or even go to the games if they play in Minneapolis!
I already know my dad is counting the days until June 9-11 when the Twins go to San Francisco, to get swept by the Giants!