Homegrown: Nucleus of the San Francisco Giants Recent World Series Run Came up Through the Team’s Farm System
While spring training is the season of hope and promise for baseball fans everywhere in recent years it’s also become a celebration of success and prosperity for Giants fans here in Scottsdale where the team has returned as World Series champs for three of the last five Cactus League seasons.
Almost overshadowed by Madison Bumgarner’s record-setting, post-season pitching performance, outfielder Travis Ishikawa’s pennant clinching, walk-off home run in the 2014 NLCS against the St. Louis Cardinals was reminiscent of Bobby Thompson’s historic blast 63 years and 3,000 miles away, and sent the San Francisco Giants to the World Series for the third time in the last five years.
Originally drafted by the Giants and signed by Northwest region scout Matt Woodward in 2002, Ishikawa made his big league debut with the team in 2006 and was a member of the 2010 World Series champion squad before departing as a free agent at the end of the 2011 season.
Read the full story in the S.F. Giants 2015 Spring Training Program.