New Ulm, a town of 13,000 that was settled mainly by German immigrants, was every bit as happy as Oakland was Sunday night. "There's a bar in town, Mowans, where the owner, John Mowan, buys everybody a beer whenever I get a hit," said Steinbach. "I can't imagine how many beers this homer is going to cost him."
Steinbach's homer cost the Giants plenty, but afterward at least one of them was philosophical. "I have two theories on why we're not hitting," said Kennedy. "One of my theories is Dave Stewart. The other is Mike Moore."
Not all the Giants took the loss so well. Maldonado threw a metal stool against a locker after most of the reporters had left. Mitchell looked at him and said, "What's wrong with you? Boy, it ain't that bad."
But it sure didn't look good. Canseco and D. Henderson had yet to be heard from in the Series, and as La Russa said after the game, "I think we've been playing good. But I know we can play better."
What a frightening thought for the Giants: a real Goliath.