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SAN FRANCISCO – Travis Ishikawa went to bed at 2:30 a.m. Friday morning. That is not when he went to sleep.
“A blur. It feels surreal,” said Ishikawa, nearly two full days after his three-run home run gave the Giants the NL pennant Thursday night. “I’ve seen the replay a bunch of times and it looks like me. It just doesn’t seem like me.”
After a night spent mostly staring at the ceiling, and another full day to process, Ishikawa can’t say his life has changed. No Wheaties boxes or action figures just yet. But he did find it funny to hear that his high school football coach in Federal Way, Wash., got called out of class to do a television interview.
And if he ever doubts that his walk-off home run in the ninth against the Cardinals’ Michael Wacha actually happened, he’s got the baseball he hit to prove it. The fan who caught it in the front row of the right field arcade traded it for signed memorabilia, and the Giants, under some pressure, later promised to hook him up with World Series tickets.
“He didn’t have to do that,” Ishikawa said. “I know that would’ve been quite a souvenir.”
It’s the fourth home run to clinch a pennant in postseason history, and of course, that doesn’t count Bobby Thomson’s Shot Heard ‘Round the World in 1951 at the Polo Grounds.
“I can’t describe the feeling I have each time I see it or each time I think about it,” Ishikawa said. “Just to be compared to him, that’s a baseball story you grow up hearing about.”
Said Giants manager Bruce Bochy: “Good things happen to good people. I say that all the time.”
Even Ishikawa's teammates were still making sense of how they won the pennant, and appreciating the history of the moment.
"Well, I was going bonkers," catcher Buster Posey said. "I was just so happy I got to be in the ballpark for that, (let alone) being on the team. If I were sitting at home and watching that, I’d probably be going nuts, just because I’m a fan of baseball."
As Ishikawa prepared to walk into the on-deck circle, Jake Peavy clearly yelled something to him. What did the right-hander say?
“Get ready to be a hero. Here we go,” Peavy said. “You could see it coming, you know? You could see the fairy tale setting up. That’s why I was so excited as he was going around the bases. That’s why I wanted to tackle him."
Ishikawa shed Peavy's tackle between second and third. His high school football coach would be so proud.