I may have miscounted, but I believe tonight was the 8th time the San Francisco Giants have clinched something at home. They’ve had a lot of “road clinches”, beginning with the 1962 playoff, where they beat the Dodgers in L.A. In 1971 they clinched the NL West in San Diego. They did the same in 1987. In 1989, they clinched the NL West in Los Angeles. Finally, in the 1989 NL Championship Series, they finished off the Cubs at Candlestick Park, the first time since the team moved west that their fans could celebrate with them. I was at that game.
They didn’t clinch for the home fans again until 1997, when they won the NL West at Candlestick. I was at that game.
In 2000, they capped their first season at the new park at China Basin by clinching the NL West at home. I was at that game. In 2002, they first clinched the Wild Card at home, and then beat the Cardinals at home to advance to the World Series. I was at both of those games.
In 2003, they clinched the division at home. I was at that game.
In 2010, they clinched the division on the last day of the season, at China Basin. I was at that game. Remarkably, they then won the World Series while clinching three levels of the post-season on the road … there were no home-game celebrations in the 2010 post-season.
So, up until tonight, the Giants had clinched at home seven times, and I was at the game all seven times.
When the Giants clinched tonight, I was in a car, halfway between Sacramento and Berkeley.