Ballpark brats: Another son makes goodPosted: Wednesday October 23, 2002 11:57 PM
Updated: Thursday October 24, 2002 12:16 AM
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- This World Series is for the sons.
David Bell became the latest child of an ex-major leaguer to become a World Series hero, getting the go-ahead single in the eighth inning that sent San Francisco to a 4-3 victory Wednesday night over the Anaheim Angels.
As with teammate J.T. Snow in the opener and Anaheim's Scott Spiezio in Game 3, Bell got to make dad proud, coming through in the clutch of a championship his dad never got to experience.
Bell even topped Snow and Spiezio.
Not only did his dad, Buddy, play in the major leagues, so did grandpa Gus.
Among all these faces new to the World Series, which is now tied at two games apiece, the ballpark brats have stood out the most.
Looking for stars of the future?
Maybe the place to focus is on the Giants' bat boys: The sons of Dusty Baker, Barry Bonds, Jeff Kent and Shawon Dunston scamper across the field at Pacific Bell Park as if it's their own playground.
"My dad was good about letting me and my brothers go to the park with him," David Bell said. "I'm sure we got in the way, but he knew it was important to us and we learned a lot just from being around."
The Bells, of course, are their own miniature farm system. David's brothers, Mike and Rick, also play professional ball. Their dad was manager of the Colorado Rockies until he was fired in April.
David, acquired from Seattle in January, was 2-for-11 in the Series before he singled leading off the sixth inning Wednesday night.
San Francisco, struggling to avoid falling behind 3-1 in the Series, had tied the score with a three-run fifth inning, firing up a crowd eager see the Giants' first World Series win at home since 1962.
Snow, whose catch and two-run homer led the Giants to victory in the opener, singled to right leading off the eighth, a ball that fell in front of Tim Salmon. Snow then scampered to second when then next pitch bounced off the glove of catcher Bengie Molina for a passed ball.
Reggie Sanders couldn't get a bunt down, popping out, and up came Bell. He took a ball, then lined the next pitch from Francisco Rodriguez to center field.
Snow rounded third and pulled his arms up -- looking a bit like his father, former NFL wide receiver Jack Snow -- ready to plow into Molina. But Darin Erstad's throw was off-line and Snow pulled up, stepping on the plate hard and falling down.
"I was just trying to get a pitch over the plate I could hit hard," Bell said. "He has great stuff and he's been doing a good job."
While the fathers have gotten to see their sons become stars, Bell once said he really regretted that his grandfather, who died in 1995, didn't live long enough to watch him play.
"I spent a lot of time with him. We were very close," David said. "I owe a lot to him. When my dad didn't have time, he took the place. I wanted to do this for myself, but I also wanted to make them proud. That third generation thing, it's kind of neat."