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Five forgotten things about Angel Pagan's inside-the-park walk-off

Five forgotten things about Angel Pagan's inside-the-park walk-off

Programming note: Watch the re-air of Angel Pagan's 2013 inside-the-park walk-off homer against the Colorado Rockies tonight at 8 p.m. PT on NBC Sports Bay Area.

One of the wildest walk-offs in Giants history might not be possible today. 

Angel Pagan's game-winning inside-the-park homer against the Colorado Rockies in 2013 would look a bit different with the new dimensions at Oracle Park, and likely would have been a triple. Pagan's blast traveled more than 400 feet and bounced off the bottom of the second-to-last archway in Triples Alley, and all of that will still exist. But the play was possible because the speedy center fielder was able to take advantage of a strange bounce away from right fielder Michael Cuddyer.

Cuddyer chased the ball to center, where the walls will come in eight feet this season. The inside-the-parker would have ricocheted back off the center field wall in 2020, but seven years ago it spun onto the warning track, where Dexter Fowler made a relay throw from a patch of dirt that now will be part of the bullpens. 

Given how close the play was at the end, perhaps a slightly shorter throw from center or a friendlier bounce would have kept Pagan from scoring. Maybe Tim Flannery never sends him at all. 

But you know what? In 2013, Flannery made a hell of a decision and the athletic Pagan made him look like a genius, completing one of the more memorable regular season wins from the championship era. That game will air tonight at 8 p.m. NBC Sports Bay Area, and this is one where you truly have to stay to the end. As you're watching, here are five things you might have forgotten about that crazy day at Oracle Park ... 

Tim Flannery called his shot

The third base coach appeared on KNBR that very morning and talked quite a bit with Marty Lurie about inside-the-park close calls. Gregor Blanco, in particular, was someone who spoke often during his Giants career about how much he wanted to circle the bases. Lurie asked Flan if he was ready to send someone home. 

"Yeah, I am," he said. 

He talked about how the conditions had to be perfect, and they were later that afternoon. Pagan had stolen 29 bases and set an SF Giants record with 15 triples in his first season with the Giants and he always had a sense for the moment. He became the first Giant since 1931 to win a game on an inside-the-park homer and the first player in nine years to do it in a big league game. Pagan later said that when Flannery sends you, you know two things are going to happen.

"I'm going to score, and he's going to score with me," he said. 

Andres Torres had an all-time celebration

One thing everyone remembers about this game was Flannery willing Pagan down the line and going nuts as he slid in safely. 

But don't sleep on Andres Torres' celebration. He read the play the whole way and was onto the field quickly. Check out this photo ... it's Marco Scutaro (who was on deck), Brandon Crawford (who scored on the play) and Torres (who came from the dugout and hit Pagan before he could even get up):

Pagan ended up going on the DL

Pagan was worth 4.2 Wins Above Replacement in 2012 but never came close to matching those heights, mostly because of injuries. He had missed some time earlier in 2013 with a tight right hamstring and he strained the left one during the walk-off win. Pagan said later that the injury happened when he laid out for a ball in the outfield, but he felt his hamstring tighten up as he approached third on the homer. 

The Giants thought it was minor at first, and this was back when they used to let some guys sit on the bench for 6-7 days before ultimately putting them on the 15-day DL. On June 7, Pagan was put on the DL and Juan Perez was called up. Pagan had a couple of injections and tried to return a few weeks later, but he pulled up while running during a rehab game. Pagan had surgery the last week of June and didn't return until Aug. 30.

Bruce Bochy missed the ending

About half an hour before Pagan slid into the plate, Bochy was ejected for arguing a call for the second time that day. Bochy had argued a missed call in the sixth and another in the eighth, and he was ejected after the latter one, a phantom tag on Marco Scutaro at third that halted a rally. 

After the game, Bochy once again talked about how the game needed instant replay. That August, the commissioner's office announced that managers would get to challenge calls the next year. 

The ship was taking on a lot of water

Earlier that week, the Giants put Ryan Vogelsong on the DL with a broken finger and Santiago Casilla went on with a cyst in his knee that ultimately required surgery. The Giants were 27-22 after Pagan's walk-off and tied with the Diamondbacks and Rockies atop the NL West, but they would lose three of their next four and then go into one of their infamous June swoons.

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By the end of June they were three games under .500, and when they lost eight of nine to start July, it was just about over for a team that finished 76-86. Brian Sabean surprised everybody by standing pat at the trade deadline and holding players like Hunter Pence, Javier Lopez and Tim Lincecum, but there was a silver lining. 

Pence signed his massive extension on the final week of the regular season and Lincecum inked a two-year, $35 million contract in October. The Giants kept the gang together, and a year later they won their third title. 

After attending funeral for Torres' wife, proud Kuiper offers heartfelt tribute

After attending funeral for Torres' wife, proud Kuiper offers heartfelt tribute

Andres Torres' wife, Soannie, past away last Wednesday evening from cancer.

The funeral was on Tuesday, and Giants broadcaster Duane Kuiper spoke on KNBR 680 on Wednesday morning.

"My brother and I went to the memorial for Soannie Torres -- Andres Torres' wife who passed away -- and I just wanted to let everybody know that it was a wonderful memorial," Kuiper said. "It was at St. Matthew's in San Mateo. Very touching, as you can imagine ... for those Giants fans who maybe didn't know that this had happened to the Torres family -- our thoughts and prayers go out to them."

Andres Torres played for the Giants from 2009 to 2011 and in 2013.

He won the Willie Mac Award in 2010.

"I'm also very proud of our Giants organization for showing up and showing their respects," Kuiper added. "Look, Andres Torres is not a Hall of Famer. He was a journeyman. Had a great year when they won the World Series, but yet had such an impact on this organization and this city.

"It was quite an impressive show from the Giants and their organization to show up and stand by this guy that everybody really adores...

"It was very sad but on the other hand, also very uplifting to see all those who attended."

To donate to the Soannie Torres Memorial Fund, click here.
 

Wife of former Giants outfielder Andres Torres passes away

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Wife of former Giants outfielder Andres Torres passes away

Former Giants outfielder Andres Torres lost his wife on Wednesday evening.

Soannie Torres passed away from cancer.

Andres played for the Giants from 2009 to 2011 and again in 2013.

During the Giants' World Series run in 2010, he hit .268 with 16 home runs and 63 RBI over 139 regular season games.

In the World Series against the Rangers, he batted .318 and hit a home run.

Torres was the 2010 winner of the Willie Mac Award, -- given annually to the Giants' most inspirational player.

To donate to the Soannie Torres Memorial Fund, click here.