Kuip still 'not over' Giants' tough 2002 World Series loss

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Giants fans always will have three World Series championships in five years. They'll always have 2010, 2012 and 2014. They'll always have their own dynasty. 

They'll also always have the heartbreak of 2002, when they lost the World Series in a devastating fashion to the Anaheim Angels. 

"I'm not over it because ... for those people who sat there in Anaheim and witnessed that whole thing, and even for the people who sat on the couch back in the Bay Area, it's not something that you're just gonna snap your fingers and get over," Giants broadcaster Duane Kuiper said on the latest Giants Talk podcast. 

Kuiper does remember one prominent Giants figure who did eventually let it go. 

The late Peter Magowan, who was the former owner of the Giants, found peace in the terrible loss. But it took San Francisco's 2010 World Series ring for him to do so. 

"I know Peter Magowan, when they won in 2010, one of the first things he said in Arlington is, 'Now I'm over 2002.' And he said it really fast," Kuiper said. "I think he really meant it."

Kuip, on the other hand, he might never get over it. 

"I'm not," Kuiper said. "I cannot tell you how many nights in that month of October, even November, in 2002 that the last thing that I thought about when I went to sleep was how all those innings unraveled in a negative way for the Giants.

"And how Game 7, Livan Hernandez argues with the umpire on the first pitch of the game ... No. Is that a long-winded answer? I'm not over it, and I don't think I'm gonna get over it."


The Giants were famously eight outs away from becoming champions in Game 6. Manager Dusty Baker pulled starter Russ Ortiz with one out in the seventh inning. But that's when bad karma hit Baker and the Giants. He gave Ortiz the game ball, as an homage to his performance, presuming the Giants would be champions. 

The Angels scored three runs in the seventh inning and another three in the eighth to beat the Giants, 6-5, forcing a Game 7. The Giants then lost 4-1 in Game 7, ending an epic collapse. 

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Barry Bonds hit .471 with four home runs and two doubles. He was walked 13 times in seven games and had a 1.294 slugging percentage and 1.994 OPS, but still finished his career without a ring. 

Never forget 2010, 2012 and 2014. Just like Kuip will never forget 2002.

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