You don’t have to like him…but you have to admit he was good

Jeff Kent is retiring today.

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He was the last active link to the 2002 Giants infield that helped them get to their first World Series, in oh about forever.  I worked across the street from Pac Bell Park then.  We had season tickets.  I made to about half the home games that year.  Sometimes on sunny Tuesdays, we’d have “afternoon meetings across the street.”

The infield was JT Snow, Keff Kent, Rich Aurilia and David Bell.  They all played hard.  They won. Well at least right up until Game 7 of the World Series.

The Giants of that era are forever tied to Barry Bonds, but we would be remiss if we didn’t remember that for most of those years when he was hitting all those home runs he was protected in the line-up by a second baseman from Huntington Beach.

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