73. Growing up Playing Baseball



When Johnny was a kid, all he talked was becoming a baseball star. Of course he 't alone. Most young boys growing up in the States want to become a major league baseball at one time or another. He remembers watching favorite players on TV when he was young, how his father would take him to see Giants play at Candlestick Park.

Johnny recalls the stadium, and how big it seemed to him a child. His dad took him onto the one day when the team was having a day. Johnny couldn't believe how big the field . All his favorite Giants were there taking pictures fans. "Can I take a picture with Willie ' dad," Johnny asked gleefully. "Of course, Johnny. Let's in line," said his dad. Willie Mays was of the greatest players to ever play the , and he loved kids, too. That is why line to take a picture with him was long. Johnny didn't mind though. He was in heaven.

The Giants played their archrival, the Los Dodgers, that day. There had always been a of bad blood between the two teams over years. It started when both teams were based New York. They were cross-town rivals at that . After the teams moved to California in the 1950s, the rivalry continued.

The Dodgers were always of the better teams in the National League, even though Johnny grew up a Giants fan, really didn't hate the Dodgers. "I think the was blown up, to tell the truth," Johnny years later. Baseball fans are very fickle and though, and some play the rivalry up as as they can. No true Dodger, or Giant would ever admit liking the other team in , but Johnny suspects there is a mutual respect each team in both cities.




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