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Jeremy Affeldt Retires

From NBC SportsWorld:

Jeremy Affeldt kept me young. Every time I saw him pitch through the years, whether it was a on television or live during the season or in the World Series, the beginning would rush back. He was a 22-year-old kid who had no idea about the future. I was a 35-year-old new father with a baby daughter who had come with us to Florida for her first spring training. She doesn’t remember it too well. She was 6 months old …

Ode to Affeldt

*A few people made reference in the comments to the original title — being a line from Pearl Jam’s “Jeremy” — being out of place because of the Oregon school shooting. I obviously wrote that before the Oregon shooting and certainly made no connection whatsoever. My own personal feelings about the Oregon shooting, along with the many other mass murders in this country, are overpowering and passionate and much too political for this Website. I changed the headline and will leave it at that.

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17 Responses to Jeremy Affeldt Retires

  1. Jay Stevens says:

    Unfortunate title, today.

  2. Brian says:

    Joe, I love you, but that headline is in really bad taste considering the events of yesterday.

  3. Andy says:

    It’s literally a lyric from a song about a school shooting. Not sure how that’s a stretch.

    • Karyn says:

      Most likely, Joe had nothing to do with the headline, and my guess it was posted before the UCC shooting hit the news.

      • Brian says:

        this is Joe’s personal website, if he didn’t want the headline I’m sure he could have it changed. Again, nothing against Joe. I just think it’s unfortunate timing.

  4. Brad says:

    I didn’t know about the song lyrics and I’d guess Joe didn’t either. He’s not that crass. Good piece on Affeldt though, especially for those of us who remember him in the beginning at KC.

    • Brian says:

      As much as Joe loves music, considering he referenced the band, it would be hard to believe he doesn’t know the content of the song. I am absolutely sure he meant no ill will; this was probably just a clever headline he came up with when he started writing the article however long ago. And when he posted the article he used the headline. The events in Oregon just didn’t occur to him. And that’s a shame, because it means those events are too commonplace to register in the minds of good people.

      • invitro says:

        Or it means that he made the post before the event in Oregon happened.

      • MCD says:

        Obviously Joe has changed the title, but given how hard it is to understand the exact lyrics to *anything* Eddie Vedder sings, I’m inclined to believe that Joe did not make a connection.

      • Marc Schneider says:

        At a certain point, it’s just words. Yes, it’s unfortunate timing, but the oversensitivity is a bit silly. It’s not as if Joe is saying, oh, these school shootings are great. The tragedy is the shooting, not the fact that a sportswriter used a headline that references a shooting. Obviously, Joe would not have used the headline if he had known, but, IMO, the reaction to it is a bit over the top.

        And, really, the idea that people have to defend Joe for not having ill will is just incredible to me. Do people actually think he used the headline intentionally as a way of mocking the shooting? Or that he was making light of it? I would think he deserves a little more credit than that.

  5. Jim Wilson says:

    Love Joe. Love Pearl Jam. Love the song Jeremy. Hate the title. A lot.

  6. Not Spink says:

    That sluggish attendance for the Giants in 2008 and 2009 was 2.86 million both years. By way of comparison this is better than the Royals have ever drawn, in a ballpark with roughly the same capacity as the original capacity of Royals Stadium (now Kauffman Stadium). Sluggish is apparently relative.

    2008 and 2009 were the two years Tim Lincecum won the Cy Young Award. Did Giants’ fans feel a “connection to the team”, in spite of missing the playoffs six years in a row from 2004-2009? We very definitely did, and I think that connection helps to explain why the Giants re-signed Lincecum after the 2013 season and why there’s serious talk of them doing it again in spite of his ongoing struggles.

    That said, 2010 was of course a defining year for the franchise, and Affeldt was an important part of it. He was a very good Giant, one who was especially successful on the field in the postseason, yet one who made it clear, both today in his farewell speech and repeatedly over the years, that he sincerely believes that what happens off the field is more important than what happens on the field.

  7. Ron Eppes says:

    Affeldt was one of my favorites because of a spring training story as well. In 2004, I took my two young boys over to AZ to watch the Royals. My oldest was in 3rd grade and loved being there. Before one of the games, he and I stood at the wall along the 3rd baseline to get autographs on a ball that my son had brought and most of the players said “hi” then signed and walked along. Affeldt took the ball and asked my son how he was doing. My son has always been pretty shy, so he just smiled and looked at his feet. Jeremy bent down a little to get in the sight line of my son and said, “Hey buddy, I’m not going to sign your ball unless you talk to me. How you doing?” My boy looked up at him and said, “Fine.” Jeremy then started to sign and talked about baseball, asking my son what position he liked and if he was on a team and had a short little conversation. He was the only player who spent time talking with this little skinny shy kid. I will remember that for a long time.

  8. Chris says:

    A great man and a great Giant. I’m sure going to miss him.

  9. Here’s the box score from that spring game. A whole lotta mediocre there.

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