ARLINGTON, Texas (CBS / AP) — Felipe Alou still thinks about that missed bunt in the ninth inning in Game 7 of the 1962 World Series, which his Giants lost to the New York Yankees.
Had he laid the bunt down, it would have moved his brother Matty from first to second. The Giants lost the game 1-0. It ended when Willie McCovey lined out to second baseman Bobby Richardson with runners on second and third.
“You’ve got to be ready to bunt in the World Series. I was not ready,” the 75-year-old Alou said Saturday, sitting in the dugout before Game 3 of the World Series. “I drove in 98 runs that year. When I saw the bunt sign, I had my doubts. That’s what this team is all about. (Bruce) Bochy has them ready to do whatever, and they respond to it.”
Alou, a former right fielder and three-time All-Star as a player, is proud of the fact some of these current Giants are guys he used to manage.
“Yeah, it’s pride,” Alou said.
Bochy came aboard for the 2007 campaign after Alou’s fourth season as skipper. Alou now serves as a special assistant to general manager Brian Sabean.
While he couldn’t win it all for a city that is still waiting for its first World Series title since moving West in 1958, Alou would be thrilled to see it finally happen.
“For this group of players to be the first group of players to win in San Francisco is really something,” he said. “When we went to spring training, people talked about winning the World Series. The team we had in ’62, that was some kind of team.”
Hall of Fame pitcher Juan Marichal, also on hand at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington to cheer on his former club, would be equally as thrilled to see these Giants come through.
“They remind me of ’62. But we went all the way and couldn’t do it,” Marichal said.
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