Handing Out San Francisco Giants’ 2015 Superlative Awards

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The What. Just. Happened. Award

Apr 25, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; San Francisco Giants fan reacts up in the stands of Coors Field during the tenth inning of the game against the Colorado Rockies. The Giants defeated the Rockies 5-4 in extra innings. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

This award is dedicated to those crazy, unexpected moments that drop your jaw and make you say “what just happened?”, and it can be good or bad. Every baseball season is full of them, and the Giants had their fair share of those moments as well.

The nominees are: Jarrett Parker’s three home run game, Casey McGehee‘s grand slam, Madison Bumgarner‘s home run against Clayton Kershaw, and the ninth inning of the season finale.

The winner of the “What. Just. Happened.” Award is Jarrett Parker!

McGehee’s grand slam was probably the most unexpected thing to happen, given how badly he struggled with the Giants. At this point, nothing Bumgarner does should surprise anyone, even hitting a home run off the best pitcher in baseball. The ninth inning of the last game was just ugly, and it’s probably best we never talk about that again.

But Parker’s three home run game against the Oakland Athletics was surprising and historic. With the Giants and A’s tied at 10 in the eighth inning, Parker already had two home runs and three RBI under his belt. In his final at-bat, he crushed a grand slam that would win the game for the Giants, and put him elite company. He became the first Giant since Willie Mays (who was pretty good at the whole baseball thing) in 1961 with three home runs and seven RBI in a single game. Not bad for a guy in his 14th career game.

This award comes from the mind of John Tatum on Twitter. He’s another good one, so give him a follow too.

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