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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. 

Ex-Giants coach Tim Flannery details bout with depression in HEADSTRONG

Ex-Giants coach Tim Flannery details bout with depression in HEADSTRONG

Depression isn't selective. It can hit any one of us at any time without warning.

Whether you're a major league baseball coach, high school teacher, stock trader or something else, depression isn't picky and it is hell on whoever it hits.

Former Giants coach Tim Flannery detailed his own bout with depression after the death of his father for the NBC Sports documentary "HEADSTRONG: Mental health and sports."

"When you're out there all alone, in cities away from support, it's really easy to have your mind go a different route and convince you of a whole bunch of things," Flannery said. "Because people lose their families, they lose themselves in the demand of the schedule and the demand of trying to win. 

"It's difficult. There was a year in [1999] after my dad passed away -- he died viciously of Alzheimer's and he was 73 years old," Flannery continued. "I was dealing with that every day then coaching in the big leagues every night. After that year, I went into a chemical depression where I couldn't get out of bed for 13 months. I was chronic fatigue.

"I didn't think I was ever going to get well again. Alone, weeping, medicating. It's not actually just the game but it's all that comes with it that people don't see that causes other reactions. But you've got to find a way to stay healthy."

For Flannery, it was his love of music that helped him during his bout with depression and throughout his playing and coaching career.

"If I didn't have my music, that saved me night after night," Flannery said. "Music therapy you realize what it does to you -- makes you feel really good. My music is my way to help others through performing. The music's been a great friend and it's gotten better and better and better. Just like anything else, you have to do the reps, you got to do the shows, you got to play the games, you got to play over and over and over to get to a point where you look back and you realize that if you work hard and if you prepare and if you dream -- some of those dreams can come true."

[RELATED: Watch all of the vignettes from HEADSTRONG]

You can watch all of the "HEADSTRONG: Mental Health and Sports" vignettes right here. The full documentary will be playing all month on NBC Sports Bay Area and NBC Sports California.

Check our channel listings page for times and dates.

How Bruce Bochy got friend Tim Flannery back into coaching with Giants

How Bruce Bochy got friend Tim Flannery back into coaching with Giants

When Bruce Bochy was about to take the Giants' managerial job ahead of the 2007 season, he called an old friend.

Tim Flannery had worked as Bochy's third-base coach in San Diego from 1996 through 2002, but hadn't coached since. 

"I was walking my dog with my wife," Flannery recalled to NBC Sports Bay Area in "Toast to Boch," a one-hour TV special saluting the retiring Giants manager. "I was out of the you game, and you said, 'You got one more ride left in ya?' You sent me [episodes of the 1985 miniseries] "Lonesome Dove," a couple old farmers kicking pigs around, right? You said, 'I need ya.' I left everything to come up here. My wife looked at me and said, 'You're going again?' [I said,] 'Boch says they're trying to win up here.'"

They didn't just try. Flannery, who played with Bochy for five seasons in San Diego, once again served as his third-base coach in San Francisco and coached the Giants through their most successful period since the franchise moved to the Bay Area.

[RELATED: Gwynn's Bochy salute shows retiring manager's fatherly side]

The Giants won three World Series, their first in San Francisco, from 2010 through 2014. After two losses in the Fall Classic playing and coaching alongside Bochy in San Diego in 1984 and 1998, Flannery and Bochy finally lifted the Commissioner's Trophy as Giants.  

"You're the only manager I worked for -- 15 years," the current NBC Sports Bay Area analyst said. "You took me to five World Series -- two as a player. We won three. You took me to three All-Star Games. I never would've gone to those places without you. I can't thank you enough."

If you missed the Saturday night premiere of “Toast to Boch,” you can catch re-airings Sunday at 4:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. on NBC Sports Bay Area.