Or, well … he would’ve, had the final game of the regular season been a non-stop part in San Francisco instead of a necessary clinching win.
The mood in the locker room pregame was probably understandably tense. After all, following literal months of holding the Dodgers a whisker behind them, the Giants all knew they had to win (their 107th of the year!) one final time in order to prevent a sadness-inducing Game 163.
They did. They won. And after the game, the atmosphere was a lot more euphoric.
One thing we missed out on, though, was Crawford’s patented DJing of the final game of the year, a tradition we weren’t really aware of on the east coast.
See, for games that don’t matter in the grand scheme of things, the All-Star shortstop typically trolls his teammates by picking their walk-up songs.
After the victory, Crawford leaked his proposed list, and his selection for Estrada was … laugh out loud funny, if you enjoy gallows humor.
Giants SS Brandon Crawford trolled ex-Yankees infielder Thairo Estrada.
My … my goodness.
For those who’ve blocked out this unfortunate bit of Yankee history, Estrada was literally shot in the 2017-2018 offseason, briefly (only briefly!) derailing his career after a campaign where he hit .301 at Double-A Trenton.
Estrada recovered to play 18 games in 2018, despite the bullet remaining lodged in his hip well past the date it should’ve been removed.
Clearly, the kid now has a very good sense of humor about all this, considering it was nearly blared on the stadium PA system for all to hear.
Since being sliced loose by the Yankees this offseason, Estrada has enjoyed the magical teachings of the Giants’ hitting coaches (seriously, what is going on out there), hitting .273 with seven homers and an .813 OPS in 121 at-bats. Basically, he’s hitting the way people envisioned Gary Sánchez would.
So that’s nice to reckon with, mentally.
In all seriousness, we loved Estrada while he was here, and we’re glad his new teammates do, too. If any non-Yankees team has to win a ring this year, we hope it’s the Giants, just so Estrada gets rewarded and Cole gets motivated by having a four-time champion in the family.
Four. Seriously, that’d be four for Crawford. God, the Yankees need a title immediately.