When the Giants face the Rangers on Wednesday night, I'll be thinking about the last time I went to a World Series game in San Francisco. I still have not attended a World Series game in San Francisco.
The Giants lost the first two games of the 1989 Series to their cross-bay rivals, the Oakland A's, getting outscored 10-1 and looking bad doing it. They called on Don Robinson to face 17-game winner Bob Welch in a must-win Game 3. Robinson, better regarded for his hitting (.231 career average, 13 home runs) than his pitching, wore a heavy knee brace and acknowledged to The New York Times, "(I)f the ligament in my knee gets stretched out and the burning sensation gets strong enough, I won't even be able to throw the ball."
A pitcher's knee proved to be the least of anyone's concerns.