Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Volcanoes Exclusive: World Champion Celebration



In what is one of the most comprehensive, electrifying and complete photo essays of a World Series Champion parade you will ever see, Volcanoes Watching begins the first of our four-part coverage of the 2012 San Francisco Giants World Series parade, with exclusive pictures from Jerry Walker and his family who were an official part of the festivities.


In the early morning hours,
the quiet before the mega celebration
(c) Jerry Walker
The Walker family also sent their sincere thanks to the "entire Volcanoes family" for the amazing support given to the Volcanoes now going into their 17th season locally.

"Here we were in a sea of a literally a million people and all we kept on thinking about was the amazing Volcanoes family - that great longstanding support. This parade was something all Volcanoes supporters helped make happen," Jerry said. "Sergio Romo said it best -- you are all World Champions!"

The 2012 World Series Champion parade was on Halloween but only treats would be given to the one million estimated fans that soon would line the streets of downtown San Francisco.



Soon some very touching scenes of fans six years to 96 years old were standing side-by-side as the floats began the roll down the heart of San Francisco. It was at the moment that it really hit all Giants fans and supports of the Volcanoes that for the second time in three seasons the World Series Champion trophy was coming home. "the energy was something that there just really isn't even words to explain," Jerry said. "the Giants players were just as joyful and euphoric as the fans. It was everything amazing about the game of baseball. Lisa and Mickey were really touched by the joy that everyone was showing. It was great too to see Crater and Rick being a part of this championship."

The entire city of San Francisco and fans around the world
began the euphoric celebration shortly after 9 a.m.; the Volcanoes
were represented in float #17
(c) Jerry Walker
 
Image the dramatic pendulum that has swung in favor of Giants fans the last three seasons, and much of that from players who played for your Salem-Keizer Volcanoes; going into 2010, the Giants never one a World Series in San Francisco; now they are a part of one of the golden ages of this storied franchise.


The floats road by a million fans, the final destination was
being prepared for the formal team "thank you" to the fans
(c) Jerry Walker
"Seeing our formers players made us feel very proud; whether for one game or one or two seasons, our players will always be a part of the Volcanoes family," Jerry said. "These were genuinely good and positive young men and this playoff run was simply inspiring to watch. It is amazing where the team was going into Game 3 of the NLDS against a strong Cincinnati Reds team and here we all were a few weeks later celebrating the title with a million fellow fans."

Stay tuned tomorrow for part two of our four-part championship celebration coverage.

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Volcanoes + one million Giants fans hours away from Parade

Volcanoes Nation - as we prepare to celebrate either in person or in spirit with the up to one million on-site fans tomorrow with the 2012 World Champion San Francisco Giants, we take a moment to send our most sincere well-wishes to the millions of folks on the East Coast affected by Hurricane Sandy; please consider offering help through whatever charity you wish.

As noted, the party to end all parties is expected now only in a few hours in downtown San Francisco that will feature, on special invitation of the Giants, some key members of the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes ownership and Front Office staff.

On Monday, Yeshayah Goldfarb, Director, Minor League Operations/Quantitative Analysis for the World Champion San Francisco Giants called Jerry Walker from Detroit, Michigan, and formally asked Jerry and his family to be an official part of the Giants victory parade in downtown San Francisco, tomorrow, October 31, 2012.

Hundreds-of-thousands Giants fans are expected to be in attendance and will see the Jerry, Lisa, their son, Mickey, and yes, Crater too, as part of this historic celebration. Mickey was also a bat boy earlier in the season for the World Champions. In addition, Rick Nelson, VP of Operations for the Volcanoes since their inaugural season, will be on hand for the special event.

“It’s a true and humbling honor to be a part of this incredible celebration; we head down on behalf of the entire Volcanoes family who, going into our 17th season, have been so supportive, loyal and encouraging to our players, coaches and front office staff,” Walker said. “When Lisa, Mickey, Rick, Crater and I, go down the streets San Francisco on Wednesday, believe me, all of the Volcanoes family will be on our minds. We would not be here if not for the great fan, sponsor and community support we've received over the years," noted Walker.

Here is your latest list of Volcanoes/Giants World Series Champions: Buster Posey (Volcanoes '08, NL Rookie of the Year '10, World Champion '10, NL Batting Champion '12, NL Comeback Player of the Year '12, World Champion '12), Pablo Sandoval (Volcanoes '05, World Champion '10, World Champion '12, World Series MVP '12), Sergio Romo (Volcanoes '05, World Champion '10, World Champion '12), Brandon Crawford (Volcanoes '08, World Champion '12), Ryan Vogelsong (Volcanoes '98, World Champion '12). Tim Lincecum (Volcanoes '06, NL Cy Young Award winner 2008, 2009; NL Strikeout Champion 2008-2010, World Champion '10, World Champion '12).

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Monday, October 29, 2012

Volcanoes invited to participate in World Series Victory Parade

In the early morning hours after their second World Championship in three years, the 2012 World Series Champions, Yeshayah Goldfarb of the San Francisco Giants called Jerry Walker from Detroit, Michigan, and formally asked Jerry and his family to be an official part of the Giants victory parade in downtown San Francisco on October 31, 2012.

Hundreds-of-thousands Giants fans are expected to be in attendance and will see the Jerry, Lisa, their son, Mickey, and yes, Crater too, as part of this historic celebration. Mickey was also a bat boy earlier in the season for the World Champions. In addition, Rick Nelson, VP of Operations for the Volcanoes since their inaugural season, will be on hand for the special event.

“It’s a true and humbling honor to be a part of this incredible celebration; we head down on behalf of the entire Volcanoes family who, going into our 17th season, have been so supportive, loyal and encouraging to our players, coaches and front office staff,” Walker said. “When Lisa, Mickey, Rick, Crater and I, go down the streets San Francisco on Wednesday, believe me, all of the Volcanoes family will be on our minds. We would not be here if not for the great fan, sponsor and community support we've received over the years," noted Walker.

Walker saluted the Giants organization for continuing to send top prospects every season to play for Salem-Keizer. Earlier this year, both parties agreed to extend their relationship through the 2014 season. The agreement, which calls for the Giants to stock the Volcanoes with their prospects, now extends the affiliation between the parties to a total of 20 years that began in September, 1994.

“We are extremely happy about our association with the World Champion Giants,” said Walker. “We’ve had a stretch of very good clubs here in Salem-Keizer winning our Division Championship in 4 consecutive years (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009). Our fans appreciate the association with the Giants as many of our fans are lifelong Giants fans,” noted Walker.

The Giants executive team echoed those sentiments saying: "The Giants have enjoyed being a part of the Salem-Keizer community and have particularly appreciated the commitment of the Volcanoes' ownership and management team in the assistance they provide in helping us develop our young players," said Giants Vice President of Baseball Operations Bobby Evans. "We look forward to continuing an already great association with the Volcanoes.”

Stay tuned for all the Volcanoes exclusive at the World Series celebrations; Volcanoes baseball, where Giants dreams begin.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Six Volcanoes alumni help bring World Championship back home

The team that simply wouldn't quit completed a season for the ages as the San Francisco Giants swept a talented and spirited Detroit Tigers team to win the 2012 World Series; this is the Giants' second World Championship in three years. Six Salem-Keizer Volcanoes alumni also brought another World Championship to the loyal, devoted and hard working Volcanoes fans in Salem, Keizer and in towns and communities the world over. Ladies and gentlemen; you are World Champions again!

Here is your latest list of Volcanoes/Giants World Series Champions: Buster Posey (Volcanoes '08, NL Rookie of the Year '10, World Champion '10, NL Batting Champion '12, NL Comeback Player of the Year '12, World Champion '12), Pablo Sandoval (Volcanoes '05, World Champion '10, World Champion '12, World Series MVP '12), Sergio Romo (Volcanoes '05, World Champion '10, World Champion '12), Brandon Crawford (Volcanoes '08, World Champion '12), Ryan Vogelsong (Volcanoes '98, World Champion '12). Tim Lincecum (Volcanoes '06, NL Cy Young Award winner 2008, 2009; NL Strikeout Champion 2008-2010, World Champion '10, World Champion '12).
Pablo Sandoval 2012 World Series MVP

As mentioned above, Pablo also earned with a capital "E" the MVP of the 2012 World Series, having a Babe Ruth/Reggie Jackson-esque Game 1 and finishing the sweep with and a Fall Classic batting .500.

Sergio emerged not only as the team's save master but the calming forces with three final frames when the Tigers were trying to come back throughout this Series.

Ryan who brought a critical Game 3 win that completely changed the complexion of the Fall Classic.

Brandon who delivered rally-stopping defensive stops and key hits in a Series defined by the slimmest of margins.

Tim who showed his true maturity and team-first approach by becoming an unhittable middle relief specialist.

and Buster who guided Giants pitchers to a sweep of a Tigers club, themselves fresh off a sweep of the New York Yankees in the ALCS.

Tonight there are celebrations in San Francisco and Giants/Volcanoes fans  homes the world over. We will be coming to you all week with all the amazing details and sub plots of this World Championship, including some amazing 2013 Volcanoes events to come.

Thank you for your amazing support - you all earned this!

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Saturday, October 27, 2012

Trifecta: Volcanoes - Vogelsong, Lincecum, Romo deliver World Series Game 3

Call it the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes trifecta Ryan Vogelsong (Volcanoes '98), Tim Lincecum (Volcanoes '06, NL Cy Young Award winner 2008, 2009; NL Strikeout Champion 2008-2010), and Sergio Romo (Volcanoes '05, World Champion '10), combined on a five-hit World Series Game 3 shutout as the NL Champion San Francisco Giants topped the AL Champion Detroit Tigers 2-0. The Giants lead the Fall Classic 3-0 and thus have four chances at winning their second World Championship in three years.

It is, as the Volcanoes prepare for their 17th season in 2013, the greatest single combined performance of Volcanoes alumni pitchers in the local franchise's wonderful history as an affiliate.

The Giants also know this: they won six consecutive elimination games to get to the World Series -- no one, expects the Tigers just to go away. Matt Cain takes the mound tomorrow for the G-men. From here on out, the World Series trophy and a couple cases of World Championship champagne will be on site for the first team to win four games.

Not to be lost tonight: Pablo Sandoval (Volcanoes '05, World Champion '10) and Brandon Crawford (Volcanoes '08) each had two hits (Brandon had a RBI) and Buster Posey (Volcanoes '08, NL Rookie of the Year '10, World Champion '10, NL Batting Champion '12, NL Comeback Player of the Year '12, NL Hank Aaron Award) , newly crowned NL, Hank Aaron award winner, made a critical stop of a wild pitch that scientists speculate defied most of the core laws of physics in the known universe (we'll get back to you once NASA validates).

So tonight after about 209 spring training, regular season and playoff games this MLB season, Volcanoes fanS go to sleep as close as any team can be to a World Championship - now history awaits to see if this truly is "our year".

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Friday, October 26, 2012

Crater confirms Santa shall return!

Volcanoes Nation - we just got off the phone with Crater who has confirmed Santa is returning to the area noon, December 1, 2012 at Volcanoes Stadium. Click here (whether naughty or nice) for more information.

 

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Panda brings savings to 2013 Volcanoes experience

SAVE $50 on the Pablo Pack !

The Volcanoes honor their former player, Pablo Sandoval (Volcanoes '05, World Champion '10), with their biggest Special of the Year.  The slugger hit 3 homeruns in yesterday's Game 1 World Series Game, and to celebrate the Volcanoes have created the 3-Game PABLO PACK.  Reserved Tickets for two (2), to three (3) Volcanoes games next summer, including Opening Night! Plus, a FREE Upgrade on two of the tickets to Diamond Club Lower Box Seats located behind homeplate or along the first baseline by the Volcanoes dugout.  In addition, all purchasers will receive the 2012 Pablo Sandoval Bobblehead.  It's a real classic as it features Sandoval diving for a line drive, while chewing gum and blowing a bubble!  The entire package is $100, but on sale NOW for only $50.  6 total game tickets, 2 free Diamond Club Lower Box Seat Upgrades, AND the Pablo bobblehead all for  just $50.  GREAT, Christmas Present.  Call 503-390-2225 to order yours now or order online at www.volcanoesbaseball.com  (If you'd like to see a photo of the Pablo bobble, just  e-mail Volcanoes Baseballvolcanoes@volcanoesbaseball.com;and we'll send, or visit the website).

Volcanoes to Host Stadium Open House, Thursday, November 1

Volcanoes Stadium will open its doors to showcase its luxury suites, new ticket packages, and new group program.

The Salem-Keizer Volcanoes, class A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants, will host an Open House on Thursday, November 1, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Volcanoes Stadium. The Open House is free and open to the public.

The event, which will be held on the stadium’s Skybox Suite Level, marks the first off-season Open House the team has held since it opened its doors before their inaugural season in 1997. Although this Open House will showcase two of the team’s luxury Skybox Suites, information will also be available on season tickets, ticket packages - including the new 3-Game PABLO PACK , group outings and fundraisers.

Guests are invited up to view the stadium’s luxury Skybox Suites. Several suites will be open for viewing and 2 select suites will be available for sale. Volcanoes staff members will be on hand to answer any questions you may have. The event is free, and there is no obligation.To RSVP, or make a special reservation, please call the Volcanoes Ticket Office at (503) 390-2225. 

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Halfway Home: Giants win World Series Game 2, 2-0

Sergio Romo (Volcanoes '05, World Champion '10) earned the save; Pablo Sandoval (Volcanoes '05, World Champion '10) and Buster Posey (Volcanoes '08, NL Rookie of the Year '10, World Champion '10, NL Batting Champion '12, NL Comeback Player of the Year '12) each had hits as the NL Champion San Francisco Giants topped the AL Champion Detroit Tigers 2-0. The Giants have a 2-0 lead in this best-of-seven heavyweight bout.

Baseball is a game of numbers; so here is the path to the World Championship for the Giants: the next three games will be played in Detroit. We already know that no matter what there will be a Game 6 back in San Francisco. If the Giants win one of the three we know there will be a Game 7 at home; and if the G-men can win two in MoTown...well, then its champagne time.

Sergio Romo closed the deal in Game 2
Now considering that the Giants won two consecutive series in which they faced a combined six elimination games, no one who follows this playoffs thinks the Detroit Tigers are just going to fade away - so the mission here is to win at least one of the three on the road so that the Giants have two shots at the World Championship back home.

If yesterday's storyline was Panda Power, tonight was the Sergio Romo show which included an extensive fourth inning interview. Sergio showed his amazing team-first approach, love of the game and general joy of the moment. Sergio is one of many incredible Salem-Keizer Volcanoes alums that are becoming baseball postseason heroes.

Game 3 is Saturday and none other that Ryan Vogelsong (Volcanoes '98) takes the mound in a game that obviously is huge for both teams. The Volcanoes alum has become so popular in the Bay Area that Giants fans have created a good luck "Rally Vogie". Go get 'dem Tigers ,Ryan!

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Panda Historic - Games Win World Series Game 1

Somewhere Babe Ruth and Josh Gibson are smiling -- Pablo Sandoval (Volcanoes '05, World Champion '10) hit three massive, historic, crushing, electrifying home runs as the NL Champion San Francisco Giants topped the AL Champion Detroit Tigers 8-3.

The Giants lead the best-of-seven World Series tonight 1-0. It also is the first time the Giants have started a playoff series this postseason with a win, and the first time Panda ever hit three home runs in a single game. Pablo finished the game 4-for-4 with four RBI and three runs scored and had 13 total baseball. I need to get a new thesaurus to express how amazing Pablo played tonight.

Pablo for President...of the World Series
Everyone respects the Detroit Tigers and this series most likely will and should go seven games; but tonight the Giants, aka the 2012 Cardiac Kids, have earned to right to feel what it is like to start a new series with momentum. As for Pablo Sandoval, this performance ranks at the very top in the ethos of Volcanoes alumni and this Salem-Keizer fan favorite is being talked about, literally, around the globe.

Pablo was the first player in the history of a World Series Game 1 to hit three home runs, and the Panda joined the Fall Classic three-home run club with Albert Pujols, Reggie Jackson and some fellow named Babe Ruth (2).

Buster Posey (Volcanoes '08, NL Rookie of the Year '10, World Champion '10, NL Batting Champion '12, NL Comeback Player of the Year '12),  had two hits and a RBI getting a fresh start this Fall Classic.

Brandon Crawford (Volcanoes '08),  Tim Lincecum (Volcanoes '06, NL Cy Young Award winner 2008, 2009; NL Strikeout Champion 2008-2010), both played in Game 1; Brandon had four plate appearances and Tim 2.1 innings of awesome basball, striking out five.

After six straight elimination games, the Giants get a whole 17 hours to enjoy this win before Game 2. It's on!

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Salem-Keizer Volcanoes ownership salutes former players going to 2012 World Series

KEIZER, OREGON -- Some 600 miles separates Volcanoes Stadium in Keizer, Oregon and AT&T Park in San Francisco but as the San Francisco Giants punched another ticket to the World Series, their Class-A Affiliates in the Northwest League were celebrating as if on the field too. Six Salem-Keizer Volcanoes alumni are getting ready for the 2012 Fall Classic.

 
This Who’s Who of Giants players all once suited up for the Volcanoes and played before dedicated and inspired local fans who have made the Volcanoes one of the most established professional baseball teams in Oregon history: Buster Posey (Volcanoes '08, NL Rookie of the Year '10, World Champion '10, NL Batting Champion '12, NL Comeback Player of the Year '12), Pablo Sandoval (Volcanoes '05, World Champion '10), Sergio Romo (Volcanoes '05, World Champion '10), Brandon Crawford (Volcanoes '08), Ryan Vogelsong (Volcanoes '98). Tim Lincecum (Volcanoes '06, NL Cy Young Award winner 2008, 2009; NL Strikeout Champion 2008-2010).
 
“First and foremost on behalf of the entire Volcanoes Ownership and Front Office staff we want to congratulate our parent club, the San Francisco Giants and all its players, coaches and staff for winning the 2012 National League Pennant,” said Volcanoes Owner & GM, Jerry Walker. “For us in Minor League Baseball there is no greater thrill than seeing some of our former players return to the World Series and to do it with the Giants. It brings full circle everything we champion here in Salem-Keizer – the dream that from Volcanoes Stadium starts an amazing journey – for players, coaches and our incredible fans.” Walker notes that while the Giants have a history that dates back to the 1883, this particular period in Giants history has been a great source of excitement for Volcanoes fans young and old.
 
“During the season when I meet with fans there is this incredible energy because many of our more established Volcanoes fans are teaching the game to their children and grandchildren who are now seeing Volcanoes former players in the MLB playoffs and the World Series,” Walker said. “Baseball has been such an important catalyst to bring all parts of a community together, to share in something bigger than any individual and pass something along to the next generation. That in itself is great; now add another World Series to that mix and it is something that usually only Hollywood comes up with.”
 
Walker and his staff are using the multiple Volcanoes social media sites to give their fans the inside story of this year’s Volcanoes in the Fall Classic, to follow all the news fans can go to http://www.volcanoesfan.com/ . Walker also noted the Volcanoes will have a special celebration, no matter the outcome against an equally talented Detroit Tigers club, when the Volcanoes return to play next season – their 17th locally in Salem-Keizer.
 
“There will be plenty of time during the Volcanoes 2013 exciting season to honor this incredible run by our parent club,” Walker said. “But for now, we all will sit back and cheer on the Giants and our Volcanoes alumni as they chase the most legendary trophy in all of North American sports.”

Monday, October 22, 2012

Believe! Volcanoes alumni heading back to World Series

At least six Salem-Keizer Volcanoes alumni are heading back to the World Series as the 2012 National League Champion San Francisco Giants topped the 2011 World Champion St. Louis Cardinals in seven games. The World Series starts Wednesday with the Giants hosting the 2012 American League Champion Detroit Tigers.

Volcanoes Watching and all your official Salem-Keizer Volcanoes social media sites will be bringing you all the exclusive stories of your Volcanoes in the Fall Classic -- but for one moment let's take pause on this amazing journey when this team won all six elimination games against two wonderful franchises: the Cincinnati Reds and the Cardinals. Most of us aged about 28 years watching our Volcanoes alumni in this post season and perhaps the gift now is we can just to enjoy this majesty and thrill of being in another World Series.

This National League Championship Series was the epic battle that most everyone wanted and produced seven games that each time showed why one of these two are the last couple of World Champions.

Neither team lost a playoff series since 2010 and it seemed even with a nine-run lead in the ninth, the skies opened as if to try and extended this a little while more. In the end, this magnificent Giants team completed their sixth must-win journey to claim the NL Pennant.

We look forward to sharing, savoring and discussing every moment of this World Series against a loaded, smart, deep Detroit club.

To all of our amazing Volcanoes fans, thank you for continuing to create an amazing home field advantage where young men come to start their careers and some even crossing the chalk to the fields of the World Series.

Absolutely amazing!

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Sunday, October 21, 2012

Two words: Game Seven

Behind another inspired, confident, methodical pitching performance from the most senior active Salem-Keizer Volcanoes alumni; Ryan Vogelsong (Volcanoes '98) and the San Francisco Giants will play the St. Louis Cardinals tomorrow to decide who is the 2012 National League Champion.

And while tomorrow will be the tie breaker than finally will send one team to the World Series and the other their first post season series loss since 2010 - let's take a moment to salute two clubs who in reality have been weaving this magnificent tale since "pitchers and catchers" began February 15, 2010.

Most of our amazing Volcanoes fans are extremely busy with work, family, volunteering, studying and every other way folks contribute to their community. Tomorrow also is a national debate that has its own real life importance. With that said, Monday is worth setting some time to watch this Game 7 which in the ethos of American sports represents everything that is magnificent about competition.

There will be plenty of time to write the tale, and perhaps even to have the honor of again giving you all a Volcanoes World Series preview. Win or lose tomorrow, these two teams have taken baseball to their very highest point in the National League and both deserve a well-played, guilt-free game tomorrow. Both these teams deserve to have a performance to hold their heads up high; Both of these teams have earned the right to the let the best of the two go the World Series and to have the National League finalists embrace the off-season as just a long weekend to again continue to journey into something more lasting throughout this decade.

And to our Volcanoes alumni on the 2012 NLCS roster: Buster Posey (Volcanoes '08, NL Rookie of the Year '10, World Champion '10, NL Batting Champion '12, NL Comeback Player of the Year), Pablo Sandoval (Volcanoes '05, World Champion '10), Sergio Romo (Volcanoes '05, World Champion '10), Brandon Crawford (Volcanoes '08), Ryan Vogelsong (Volcanoes '98). Tim Lincecum (Volcanoes '06, NL Cy Young Award winner 2008, 2009; NL Strikeout Champion 2008-2010)  -- we are so incredibly proud of you; truly grateful for the five consecutive elimination games you have helped win this post season; and most of all wish you the very best tomorrow in Game 7. With respect to St. Louis Cardinals and their dedicated fans -- we want our Volcanoes back in the World Series. This is what it's all about.

Game 7 St. Louis @ San Francisco Mon, Oct 22 8:00 PM

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Saturday, October 20, 2012

Vogelsong ready for Game 6

What is it about baseball that so mirrors life? No, sports are not as important as many issues in the world today but the game, this beautiful game, is such a living metaphor about the journey we all take. A team starts off in February, new and awake from the winter nearing close; the first practices start and the rush that every team has that they will be successful, that "this will be the year."

Through spring and summer there are cycles and streaks, victories and defeats and yet there is always this feeling that there's plenty of time to figure it all out. What feels like a blink of the eye and leaves turn red and orange and suddenly only three teams are playing on the 2012 MLB post season. Everyone else has begun their countdown to Spring Training.

It feels like yesterday when Ryan Vogelsong (Volcanoes '98) took the field on March 1 part of a three inning intrasquad game. The San Francisco Giants were looking to wash away an admirable but disappointing second place, no playoff performance the year before. Though, there was a lot to be proud of the 2011 Giants who handled the pressure of defending a World Championship in the face of crushing early-season injuries.

So when this season began, the question was: who are the real San Francisco Giants? And for our Volcanoes on the roster the question was on them to decide if 2010 was a magnificent year to spend all others reflecting on, or to continue what could be the next golden age of a franchise that has played in three different centuries?
Gold at the end of the rainbow

Ryan Vogelsong isn't lost on metaphors either; how easy would it have been to fade away when he didn't "make it" or when he was trying to learn Japanese and resurrect his career in the land of the rising sun; when he got a chance on a Giants team fresh off a World Series whose one area of abundance was starting pitching. Who possible could have seen this ending for Ryan Vogelsong except for the Volcanoes alum himself.

And yet here we are: two games away from returning to the World Series; it sounds so utterly simply at the same time as challenging as saying "this week let's climb Mount Everest." Win or lose tomorrow or in Game 7 this much is reassuring; neither the Giants nor the Cardinals are playing with any fear. Both teams have been undefeated in their playoff series since 2010. It's the baseball version of Clash of the Titans and something that both teams and their amazing fans should enjoy tomorrow and if needed on Monday. This is Shakespeare with a ball and a bat.

Every new season has 28 exhibition games, 162 regular season games and now up to 20 playoff games. Two hundred and 10 games in a single year, and where has the time gone? Now the calendar is measured in outs not months; that's baseball -- it's a beautiful game.

Game 6 St. Louis @ San Francisco Sun, Oct 21 1:30 PM
Game 7* St. Louis @ San Francisco Mon, Oct 22 5:00 PM

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Friday, October 19, 2012

Giants live another day - NLCS Game 6 Sunday

Volcanoes alumni again helped lead the charge as the San Francisco Giants topped the St. Louis Cardinals tonight 5-0 forcing a Game 6 Sunday back in San Francisco. This was the Giants fourth win this post season facing elimination. Ryan Vogelsong (Volcanoes '98) gets the start of his life on Sunday, given the chance to force a Game 7. This series, these two consecutive World Champions, these two dedicated fan bases deserves a Game 7. Let's rally around Ryan, our Volcanoes elder statesman on Sunday. We gotta go seven games in this series!

This series has been one of many extremes and for the most part, by the fourth inning the team in control has won going away. The Cards have played great ball too but tonight the Giants again refused to start their off-season. Staring down a locker room full of champagne for the Cards and the National League trophy, the G-men went all in and survived to tell the tale.

Pablo Sandoval (Volcanoes '05, World Champion '10) had two hits, a monster home run, a RBI and scored two runs tonight. Brandon Crawford (Volcanoes '08) had a hit and two critical RBI; Buster Posey (Volcanoes '08, NL Rookie of the Year '10, World Champion '10, NL Batting Champion '12) added a hit; Sergio Romo (Volcanoes '05, World Champion) again channeled his inner James Bond and closed the deal in the ninth inning.

It was also announced prior to the game that Buster was named the 2012 NL Comeback Player of the Year.

So here we go again, the road again is steep, no room for error but the team that so far refuses to stop playing controls its destiny at home. At the first Spring Training intrasquad game on March 1, 2012 if you told any fan the Giants would host Game 6 and potentially a Game 7 in the NLCS, it would be a fantastic scenario.

On Sunday, the Clash of the NL Titans continues.

Game 6 St. Louis @ San Francisco Sun, Oct 21 1:30 PM
Game 7* St. Louis @ San Francisco Mon, Oct 22 5:00 PM

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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Friday must win for Volcanoes/Giants

Friday's Game 5 of the National League Championship Series is a must win for our Volcanoes alumni/San Francisco Giants as the St. Louis Cardinals, to their credit, have taken a 3-1 series lead. If the Cards win tomorrow, the defending champions have earned their second consecutive National League pennant; if the Giants pull through, the NLCS returns back home to San Francisco for the duration.

The Giants do face the same clarity they had down 2-0 to an equally talented Cincinnati Reds team - they just need to get a win tomorrow and stay live: and at it this point, the Giants are now only one of three teams alive in MLB's 2012 post season -- albeit in the most challenging position.

Barry Zito takes the mound tomorrow and expect all hands on deck as there is minimal room to play with in middle innings with a hope of having some arms fresh for a Game 6. In three of the Giants' four post season wins this year - it's been clear early their bats were awake by the fourth inning; so while we'll take any win the baseball forces would shine our way -- the trend has been that if tomorrow is on the Giants side, they will have, say, four runs going into the fifth inning.

Game 5* San Francisco @ St. Louis Fri, Oct 19 5:00 PM
Game 6* St. Louis @ San Francisco Sun, Oct 21 1:30 PM
Game 7* St. Louis @ San Francisco Mon, Oct 22 5:00 PM

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Volcanoes Lincecum looks to even NLCS on Thursday

Tim Lincecum (Volcanoes '06, NL Cy Young Award winner 2008, 2009; NL Strikeout Champion 2008-2010) has an amazing resume, helped deliver the Giants their first World Championship in San Francisco and is a perfect fit with the eccentric counter-culture club house that is the 2012 NL West Champions.

Tim looks to deliver Game 4
He also has the chance tomorrow to regain his role as the pitcher who can carry an entire franchise on his back; The St. Louis Cardinals lead the NLCS 2-1 and have played tough; in Game 3's win over the Giants - multiple Volcanoes alumni again stepped up:

Pablo Sandoval (Volcanoes '05, World Champion '10) had two hits and a RBI; Brandon Crawford (Volcanoes '08) also had two hits; Buster Posey (Volcanoes '08, NL Rookie of the Year '10, World Champion '10, NL Batting Champion '12) had a hit and called a good game for Matt Cain.

This year was a grind for Tim - but playoff baseball has a way of washing away bad memories; the Volcanoes alum pitched well in the NLDS - now the stakes are all the more higher.


Game 4 San Francisco @ St. Louis Thu, Oct 18 5:00 PM
Game 5* San Francisco @ St. Louis Fri, Oct 19 5:00 PM
Game 6* St. Louis @ San Francisco Sun, Oct 21 1:30 PM
Game 7* St. Louis @ San Francisco Mon, Oct 22 5:00 PM

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Game 3 NLCS on Wednesday; Volcanoes execs at MiLB conference

This is one of the most exciting "off season" weeks for your Salem-Keizer Volcanoes as multiple alumni are locked in a great National League Championship Series with the St. Louis Cardinals; Volcanoes executives are at the Minor League Baseball conference in Florida -- working on the exciting 2013 promotional schedule.

Jerry Walker, Volcanoes Owner & General Manager  and other key members are currently at MiLB headquarters contributing to the national discussion of how to grow the positive fan experience at Minor League Baseball -- stay tuned to more details.

As for the Volcanoes alumni in this thrilling NLCS, both the Giants and Cardinals are back in action tomorrow in St. Louis for three consecutive games Wednesday, Thursday, Friday; one Giants victory in those three games brings the series back home.

Tim Lincecum (Volcanoes '06, NL Cy Young Award winner 2008, 2009; NL Strikeout Champion 2008-2010) is currently scheduled as the Giants Thursday Game 4 starter; Tim so far in the playoffs: 2012 NLDS: 1-0, 1.42 ERA, 2 G, 6.1 IP, 8 SO.

Game 3 San Francisco @ St. Louis Wed, Oct 17 1:00 PM
Game 4 San Francisco @ St. Louis Thu, Oct 18 5:00 PM
Game 5* San Francisco @ St. Louis Fri, Oct 19 5:00 PM
Game 6* St. Louis @ San Francisco Sun, Oct 21 1:30 PM
Game 7* St. Louis @ San Francisco Mon, Oct 22 5:00 PM

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Monday, October 15, 2012

Volcanoes Vogelsong wins Game 2 of the NLCS

When Ryan Vogelsong (Volcanoes '98) first suited up for the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes some 14 seasons ago, could he ever have dreamed of winning a critical game in the National League Championship Series all these years later? Ryan did just that, helping the Giants win their, amazing to say, first home game of the 2012 MLB playoffs and tying up the NLCS 1-1. The  final tally was 7-1 against the St. Louis Cardinals in a series that still feels like it will go the distance.

Ryan also was the first Giants pitcher to go six innings this playoff run, which means this team is finding ways to get wins in tough spots; and looking at the last five games, the Giants are 4-1 against quality teams. Of course, the playoffs don't award pennants on style points and the G-men need to continue performances like Ryan's game tonight: seven innings, only one earned run and four hits allowed on 106 pitches. Ryan also got a hit in two plate appearances in what must have been a dream experience so far.

Yes, even had the Cards won tonight, the Giants would still have their series comeback on the Reds to draw experience from, but with the stakes so high, and teams so incredible close with respect to overall talent, confidence has a role.

To their credit St. Louis took Game 1; Giants fans will point out that in this series the G-men have score 11 of the last 12 runs. But this battle could have all the makings of completely different story lines game to game, which is way the MLB playoffs are not for the faint of heart. Bottom line: the Giants are doing what they need to do to methodically get closer to winning this series against a Cards team that only knows amazing comebacks the last two seasons.

Also of note:

Sergio Romo (Volcanoes '05, World Champion '10) pitched a scoreless ninth inning. Pablo Sandoval (Volcanoes '05, World Champion '10) and Buster Posey (Volcanoes '08, NL Rookie of the Year '10, World Champion '10, NL Batting Champion '12) each had hits tonight. Brandon Crawford (Volcanoes '08) had a RBI and scored a run.

The series now shifts back to St. Louis starting Wednesday for the next three games and if these two champions can't decide it there, Game 6 and 7 are back home in San Francisco.

Game 3 San Francisco @ St. Louis Wed, Oct 17 4:00 PM
Game 4 San Francisco @ St. Louis Thu, Oct 18 8:00 PM
Game 5* San Francisco @ St. Louis Fri, Oct 19 8:00 PM
Game 6* St. Louis @ San Francisco Sun, Oct 21 4:30 PM
Game 7* St. Louis @ San Francisco Mon, Oct 22 8:00 PM

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Sunday, October 14, 2012

Giants turn to Volcanoes Vogelsong in Game 2

The St. Louis Cardinals won a hard fought 6-4 decision in Game 1 of the 2012 National League Championship Series; the San Francisco Giants send Ryan Vogelsong (Volcanoes '98) to the mound tomorrow as the G-men look to even up the series.

Vogelsong saved the Giants season with his Game 3 performance in the 2012 NLDS against the Cincinnati Reds. This is Ryan's first MLB playoffs and he has a 1.80 ERA so far.

Brandon Crawford (Volcanoes '98) got a hit and RBI tonight.

In Arizona Fall League News; Chris Dominguez (Volcanoes '09) had two hits including a home run last night against Peoria.

Stay tuned all year for the latest news on your Volcanoes alumni and upcoming Volcanoes events; Volcanoes baseball -- where Giants dreams begin.

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Saturday, October 13, 2012

Volcanoes / Scottsdale Scorpions report Oct. 13, 2012

While some Volcanoes alumni are getting ready for the 2012 National League Championship Series, some future Giants stars are underway in the Arizona Fall League. Here's the latest update from the Scottsdale Scorpions (2-2) -- the team which has Minor League stars from the Giants, Cubs, Angels, Pirates and Yankees.

Joe Panik (Volcanoes '11, NWL MVP '11): (1-for-8 so far with a run scored).

Gary Brown (Volcanoes '10, CAL Rookie of the Year '11): (3-for-13 with 3 runs and 3 RBI); Chris is working to make the case to start in Triple-A next spring and then to see if he can get his shot in the show.

Chris Gloor (Volcanoes '07, '11): four innings of scoreless pitching so far this young season; 0.00 ERA with five strikeouts.

Dan Runzler (Volcanoes '07, '08): big Dan has two-thirds of perfect relief.

Chris Dominguez (Volcanoes '09): has five plate appearances so far.

We are also only a few days away from the first pre-season games of the Australian Baseball League and will be tracking Volcanoes in action in this equally exciting league.

Stay tuned all year for the latest news on your Volcanoes alumni and upcoming Volcanoes events; Volcanoes baseball -- where Giants dreams begin.

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Friday, October 12, 2012

It's on! last two World Champions to battle for NL Title

Hollywood, no need to send a screen writer, we got this one. The San Francisco Giants, armed with Volcanoes alumni, will host the 2012 National League Championship Series against the St. Louis Cardinals in a match up of the last two World Champions. It's hard believing this storyline even as I sit here typing it.

Final NLCS rosters are being set but preliminary here are the Volcanoes slated below to be a part of MLB's final four:

Buster Posey (Volcanoes '08, NL Rookie of the Year '10, World Champion '10, NL Batting Champion '12): 2012 NLDS: .211 average (4/19) 2 HR, 5 RBI...and a series clinching grand slam.

Pablo Sandoval (Volcanoes '05, World Champion '10): 2012 NLDS: .333 average (7/21) 1 HR, 3 RBI, .571 SLG.

Sergio Romo (Volcanoes '05, World Champion '10): 2012 NLDS: 1-0, 2.08 ERA, 1 S.

Brandon Crawford (Volcanoes '08): 2012 NLDS: .182 average (2/11) 1 3B, 1 RBI, .357 OBP.

Ryan Vogelsong (Volcanoes '98): 2012 NLDS: 1 G, 5 IP, 1.80 ERA, 5 SO.

Tim Lincecum (Volcanoes '06, NL Cy Young Award winner 2008, 2009; NL Strikeout Champion 2008-2010):  2012 NLDS: 1-0, 1.42 ERA, 2 G, 6.1 IP, 8 SO.


At time of publication, here is the 2012 NLCS schedule - all-times PST
Game 1St. Louis @ San FranciscoSun, Oct 148:00 PM 
Game 2St. Louis @ San FranciscoMon, Oct 158:00 PM
Game 3San Francisco @ St. LouisWed, Oct 174:00 PM
Game 4San Francisco @ St. LouisThu, Oct 188:00 PM
Game 5*San Francisco @ St. LouisFri, Oct 198:00 PM
Game 6*St. Louis @ San FranciscoSun, Oct 214:30 PM
Game 7*St. Louis @ San FranciscoMon, Oct 228:00 PM                         

Thursday, October 11, 2012

GIANT VICTORY - Volcanoes alumni complete amazing NLDS victory

Buster Posey (Volcanoes '08, NL Rookie of the Year '10, World Champion '10, NL Batting Champion '12) led a group of Salem-Keizer Volcanoes alumni who completed the very first National League comeback from an 0-2 deficit to win a National League Division Series. The Giants topped the Reds 6-4 in the deciding Game 5; hats off to the Reds and their fans: classy team which will be in the mix for many years to come.

This is the second time in three years the Giants are in the National League Championship Series and they will play either the Cinderella Washington Nationals or the 2011 World Series Champion, St. Louis Cardinals. Either team will make an extremely compelling storyline with the Giants in the NLCS.

But taking a breath and looking back at the historic NLDS Game 5: all the Giants runs came in the fifth inning and so much came from your Volcanoes alumni:

Brandon Crawford (Volcanoes '08) tripled home Gregor Blanco and later scored himself. With the score 2-0 and the bases loaded -- Pablo Sandoval (Volcanoes '05, World Champion '10) on first -- Buster Posey (Volcanoes '08, NL Rookie of the Year '10, World Champion '10, NL Batting Champion '12) hit one of the Giants most meaningful grand slams in the team's 130 seasons in the National League. The score was 6-0; and to their credit, the Reds fought back including a ninth inning where the series-winning run came to the plate. But Sergio Romo (Volcanoes '05, World Champion '10) stepped up and found the series-closing third strike.

The Giants are off to the National League Championship Series.

Preliminary NLCS Game 1 is Sunday; stay tuned for more details. For now, let's get some rest - there is plenty of October left.

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