Mike Krukow also pitched for the Giants
The date was Nov. 3, 2010 and the San Francisco Giants were celebrating their first World Series title in San Francisco. The team moved west in 1958 and it took them 52 years before they finally won it all.
As a lifelong Giants fan, I was beginning to get worried that I, like long suffering Cubs fans, would never live to see my team win a World Series. Fortunately for me, the Giants did it and I was able to cross that item off my "Sports Fan Bucket List."
The parade route was lined with elated, screaming fans. Pure joy reigned in The City. When the parade ended, there were hundreds of thousands of people who lined the route or were at the final destination of City Hall.
When Mike Krukow stepped to the microphone, he paused, then delivered this stirring, emotion packed moment which I call his "You owe it" speech.
"And everybody here today, you are standing here and you are not standing alone. You are standing with the person that taught you the great story of the San Francisco Giants — whether that be your Dad, or your Mom, a friend, or your sister, or your Grandpa.
They taught you right. They taught you that you had to be loyal; you have to love your team. And to a man on this team, this 2010 team, to a man back in August, they plugged into you, and you fueled and energized this group, all the way until the crazy month of September and into what was an epic month of October, and what is one glorious day in November.
And you have but one responsibility. You owe it to the person who taught you the good book of the San Francisco Giants. You need to pass this story on. Keep this love alive. And when you tell the story, simply tell ‘em, We’re the Giants. We’re San Francisco. And we’re the World Champions!”