Great Moments in Giants Postseason History: 2002 NLCS Game 5

by
Greek Giant

I remember this game. I was listening to it on the radio. I was a recent fine arts grad who had just moved into a new house and our TV was not set up yet. I found an ESPN radio broadcast and I was riveted from the first pitch. I remember the feeling that the Giants were going to win the game and finally win their first World Series in San Francisco. Well, I was right about the first part…

Game 5 of the 2002 NLCS was exciting and a second dose of revenge (after 1989) against the Cardinals for 1987. It seems fate smiles upon the Cards and Giants to meet in the postseason…

Kenny Lofton was one of those key additions to the team that provided so much more than just defense and a top of the lineup hitter.

That Giants team was not just all Barry Bonds and Jeff Kent. Key players like David Bell and Benito Santiago gave the Giants a very athletic team. Dusty Baker juggled pitchers all year long effectively and pushed all the right buttons for most of the postseason.

The walk-off celebration is beautiful. Remember that Kenny Lofton was barking at the Cardinals dugout before his game-winner…