Archive for Sunday, October 20, 2002

Giants’ Snow delivers

Two-run blast seals San Francisco’s 4-3 victory

October 20, 2002


— The other famous son had the biggest hit in the World Series opener.

J.T. Snow, born up the road in Long Beach, helped the San Francisco Giants do in his former team in the first World Series game for him and the Angels.

First, he made a highlight-film catch of a popup to rob old teammate Tim Salmon in the fifth inning Saturday night after slipping near the Giants dugout.

Then he really put the Angels on the rocks hitting a two-run homer onto the faux rocks behind the left-field fence in the sixth. The drive gave San Francisco a three-run lead, and the Giants held on to beat Anaheim 4-3 in the World Series opener.

"This is great," he said. "You have to do something every night. Tonight it was my turn, tomorrow it'll be somebody else."

This was one local-boy-makes-good story the Angels wanted no part of.

"J.T.'s got some pop in his bat. We know that," Anaheim manager Mike Scioscia. "He can definitely hurt you."

His father, Jack Snow, was an All-America wide receiver for Notre Dame and an NFL standout for the Los Angeles Rams from 1965-75, catching 45 touchdowns passes in 150 games. On Thursday night, he gave his son some advice.

"He said, 'Enjoy it,'" J.T. Snow recalled Friday. "He said what he always tells me: 'Go out and play hard.' He would say that to me before a spring training game. He would say that to me before the World Series."

After the Giants' evening workout at Edison Field, he sat by his corner locker near the entrance to the visitors' clubhouse a strange setting for him and talked about his dad, who never played in a Super Bowl.

"They always lost to the Cowboys or the Vikings," he said, referring to the NFC championship games in 1975 and 1974.

When he talks to his father, they speak of how easy it is to play and how hard it is to watch, how athletes are most comfortable when they're playing.

"You have control, and you're probably the most relaxed of anybody," he said.

During one tense postseason game, his father was so nervous he had to walk away from the television.

"If you talk to Barry Bonds' dad, if you talk to David Bell's dad, it's hard to watch your own son play," J.T. Snow said.

J.T. Snow, an Orange County product who played with Giants closer Robb Nen at Los Alamitos High School, grew up as a baseball player with the Angels, who acquired him from the Yankees in December 1992.

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