25 Years Ago Today…

25 years ago today was one of the scariest times in my life. I was living in Roseburg, Oregon and playing baseball with my brothers in the years while waiting for the game 3 of the World Series to start. I remember going in to check and see if the game had started a couple times. At 10 years old, you have to maximize your play time (and at 35 years old too, apparently). So, even though I thought the game should have started, i was back outside to get a few more swings in, perfecting my Will Clark swing before I parked in front of the TV for the #SFGiants and Oakland A’s. The third or fourth time inside I began to wonder why the game wasn’t on. It was nothing but commercials. Finally, I took the time to wait out the commercials to see if the game had started. I was shocked to see Candlestick Park, filled with police, paramedics, half empty stands and players comforting their wives and kids on the field. Then in hit me. My grandparents were at the game.

1989 Earthquake, Battle of the Bay, San Francisco GiantsThere were no cell phones back then and all i was seeing on TV was fires, collapsing freeways and complete chaos. My dad’s phone was busy. It was the most fear-stricken sickness I’d felt at my age. My mind raced, i was confused, the one thing I loved more than anything, Giants baseball, could possibly be taking away my grandparents. Finally, my dad called, he was panicked as much as I was, probably more from feeling helpless from being in Sacramento. He had been talking to every family member and friend trying to find my grandparents. I remember crying uncontrollably. I remember hearing the fear in his voice. It makes me well up with tears as I type this.

As he tried to get in touch with family, i hung up the phone and went back to the TV to see what else was going on. Then, the worst thing happened. The images of cars driving into the collapsed portion of the Bay Bridge played. I couldn’t comprehend what I was seeing. People were driving into the collapsed portion of the bridge. The bridge that we would take from The City to get back to Sacramento. The real fear began to kick in.

I don’t remember the next couple of hours. I imagine that I do what most people do in times of tragedy, stare at the endless loop of despair that is “the news.” I do remember answering the phone to hear my dad tell me my grandparents had made it out of San Francisco safely. Somehow, instead of taking the normal way home, my grandpa had taken the Golden Gate Bridge…“the long way home” and gotten out of the stadium as soon as the earthquake hit. The relief was indescribable.

Ever since, Section 53 at Candlestick Park has had a special place in our memories. And the crumbled cement and bolts from the upper deck seats at Candlestick that my grandma still has to this day, serves as a reminder of the ups and downs that make being a fan family member of Giants baseball so beautiful.

Brian Wilson’s Nike Air Max 95 iD

Noticed these before tonight’s San Francisco Giants game against the Dodgers and thought I would look for a couple of pictures. Turns out these are the same Nike Air Max 95’s Brian Wilson wore earlier this season at a game I was able to be at in San Francisco, when the Giants raised the 2010 World Series Champions flag. Though my favorite iD’s of his are still the Air Max 90’s with the quake print, like wearing the Air Mags on the field, I have to give him props, for not only making iD’s in the first place but for sticking with them for a while. Considering a lot of professional athletes opt for a new pair of shoes every game, it’s good to some wear ad tear being put on them.

Brian WIlson's Nike Air Max 95 iD White/OrangeSan Francisco Giants pitcher, Brian WIlson’s White/Orange Nike Air Max 95 iD Image by Ezra Shaw.

San Francisco Giants pitcher, Brian WIlson's White/Orange Nike Air Max 95 iD San Francisco Giants pitcher, Brian WIlson’s White/Orange Nike Air Max 95 iD photo by Stephen Dunn.


Brian Wilson x Marty McFly x SF Giants

Considering I am obsessed with sneakers and the San Francisco Giants, it’s probably no surprise to anyone that knows me, or reads my blog, knows that I’m also obsessed with Brian Wilson. Though I can definitely appreciate the man’s beard farming abilities, I’ve been slightly preoccupied with his choice of footwear since I noticed some nice iD’s on his feet a while back and he sported all orange cleats from the Boom Pack, pre-beard at the All-Star Game. I suppose it’s also easy for me to relate to someone so uncontrollably awesome. Brian Wilson’s Nike collection moved up on the scale (along with his awesomeness) when he wore one of the two pairs of the Nike Air Mags that he won, on the field for the game on Friday, September 16th. Check out the pictures below I posted on Twitter.

Note: I’m still looking for a Boom Pack if you have a lead on one please let me know. Thanks to @xBRICHx for giving me credit on his post, and for the guys at SBNation for updating their post when I contacted them. It’s greatly appreciated.

Brian Wilson wears the Nike Air Mag from Back to the Future on the field for the San Francisco Giants.

Brian Wilson's Nike Obsession, The Nike Air Mag from Back to the Future, on field.