Angel Pagan

POLL: Memorable Giants moments -- Pagan's inside-the-park walk-off vs JT Snow rescues Darren Baker

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POLL: Memorable Giants moments -- Pagan's inside-the-park walk-off vs JT Snow rescues Darren Baker

PROGRAMMING NOTE: NBC Sports Bay Area is looking back at the 60 most memorable Giants moments since the franchise moved from New York to San Francisco. Tune into SportsNet Central at 6pm to see the next two moments you can vote on! Then, after the Dodgers and Giants conclude, tune into SportsNet Central to see which moment will move on to the next round! Make your vote count!

1. Angel Pagan's inside-the-park walk-off home run on May 25th, 2013 (defeated Brandon Crawford's seven-hit game on Wednesday)

Angel Pagan liked to refer to himself as the "Crazy Horse." Never was that on display more than on the game-winning hit on May 25, 2014. With the Giants trailing the Rockies 5-4 with one on and one out in the 10th, Pagan skied a fly ball to Triples Alley. 

The ball smacked off the bottom of the wall and kicked away from two Rockies outfielders, and Pagan never broke stride. Third base coach Tim Flannery never wavered, either. Flannery waved Pagan the whole way and his headfirst slide was just ahead of the throw, setting off a raucous celebration at AT&T Park. 

Pagan became the first big leaguer in 10 years to end a game with an inside-the-park homer. He was the first Giant to do it since Bill Terry in 1931.

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2. J.T. Snow saves Darren Baker during Game 5 of the 2002 World Series

Darren Baker now plays baseball at Cal, but 16 years ago, he was involved in a memorable and scary moment at home plate. Then three years old, he served as bat boy for the Giants as they faced the Angels in the World Series. 

In the seventh inning of Game 5, Kenny Lofton hit a high drive off an archway in right field. J.T. Snow and David Bell raced home. "As I'm running towards home, out of the corner of my eye I see something dart out of the dugout," Snow said later. "I realize about halfway down that it's Darren running and he's making a beeline for the bat."

Snow reached out with his right hand as he touched the plate and scooped Darren up by grabbing a handful of his warm-up jacket a second before Bell crossed the plate. All was fine, although Dusty Baker said he got an angry phone call from his mom after the game.

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POLL: Memorable Giants moments -- Pagan's inside-the-park walk-off vs Crawford's seven-hit game

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POLL: Memorable Giants moments -- Pagan's inside-the-park walk-off vs Crawford's seven-hit game

PROGRAMMING NOTE: NBC Sports Bay Area is looking back at the 60 most memorable Giants moments since the franchise moved from New York to San Francisco. Tune into Giants Pregame Live at 3pm Wednesday to see the first two moments you can vote on! Then, after the Mariners and Giants conclude, tune into Giants Postgame Live to see which moment will move on to the next round! Make your vote count!

1. Angel Pagan's inside-the-park walk-off home run on May 25th, 2013

Angel Pagan liked to refer to himself as the "Crazy Horse." Never was that on display more than on the game-winning hit on May 25, 2014. With the Giants trailing the Rockies 5-4 with one on and one out in the 10th, Pagan skied a fly ball to Triples Alley. 

The ball smacked off the bottom of the wall and kicked away from two Rockies outfielders, and Pagan never broke stride. Third base coach Tim Flannery never wavered, either. Flannery waved Pagan the whole way and his headfirst slide was just ahead of the throw, setting off a raucous celebration at AT&T Park. 

Pagan became the first big leaguer in 10 years to end a game with an inside-the-park homer. He was the first Giant to do it since Bill Terry in 1931.

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2. Brandon Crawford's seven-hit game in Miami in 2016 featuring game-winning single in 14th.

Bruce Bochy was hospitalized briefly when the Giants visited Miami two years ago. He watched the first game of the series on TV instead, and what he saw was one of the greatest individual performances in franchise history. In a game that lasted 14 innings and five hours, 34 minutes, shortstop Brandon Crawford became the first player in 41 years to get seven hits. 

Crawford broke Mike Benjamin's franchise record by piling up five singles, a double and a triple, and he tied the National League record. The seven-hit performance was the first since the Pirates' Rennie Stennett did it in 1975. Three of the hits -- including an RBI single in the 14th -- came in extra innings. 

"I mean, in the history of the Giants, and all the great players that came through, it's pretty crazy to be in that small company," Crawford said. 

The next day, he gave his bat to the Hall of Fame.

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Report: Angel Pagan taking the 2017 season off

Report: Angel Pagan taking the 2017 season off

KANSAS CITY — The Giants were never planning a reunion with Angel Pagan. It turns out they won’t be facing him this season, either. 

According to a report from the Puerto Rican website El Vocero, Pagan will take the year off to spend time with his family. The 35-year-old has two daughters who grew up in part during his five years in San Francisco and a third born during the 2015 offseason.

Per El Vocero, Pagan said the decision was made as a family. “I’ve been away from my house for a long time,” he said, adding that he wants to take advantage of time that can’t be recovered. Pagan said he is not necessarily retiring. 

The outfielder played five seasons for the Giants, hitting .281 with 31 homers and 81 stolen bases in 583 games. He often dealt with injuries, but put a long season together in 2016, batting .277 with 12 homers in 543 plate appearances. His run ended with an injury in the NLDS.

The Giants and Pagan were not always on the same page, and the team quickly moved on in the offseason, committing to a Jarrett Parker-Mac Williamson plan that has been decimated by injuries and ineffectiveness. 

Pagan played for Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic and looked healthy and like his old self. He reportedly had interest from several teams — including the Braves, Orioles and Blue Jays — but he was seeking a guaranteed major league deal with a set salary in mind. Ultimately, Pagan chose a year at home over a flyer with an MLB team. 

Last week, Windy Pagan posted a photo on Instagram of the couple posing with their oldest daughter at a resort. “In love with our first daughter!” she wrote. “She is almost my (height).”