July 14, 2024
Today's game may have been San Francisco Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford's farewell not only to his team, but to professional basebal

Today’s game may have been San Francisco Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford’s farewell not only to his team, but to professional baseball.

“The main thing will be if I want to come back and play baseball next year,” Crawford, 36, said of his looming decision. “There were a lot of parts I didn’t enjoy, unfortunately. But that’s baseball. You fail a lot in this game. Failing isn’t very fun. That’s probably partially why I haven’t made a decision yet. This year is far from how I pictured it going, whether it was going on the IL or just not playing well. Not kind of how I pictured to go out. So that’s definitely a factor.”

Crawford said he will consult with his family, who have accompanied him all the way, starting with his wife, Jalynne, ever since they met at UCLA. Their first-born, Braylyn, arrived two years into Crawford’s career. The nest has since grown to four, with a fifth on the way. All four kids threw ceremonial first pitches, with their dad crouched behind home plate.

Born in Mountain View and raised in Menlo Park and Pleasanton, the Foothill High School graduate received multiple ovations from fans during each at bat, but loudest and longest was saved for the final time, when he was removed from the game before the top of the ninth inning. Crawford hugged interim manager Kai Correa and each of his fellow infielders, tipped his cap to the fans and was greeted by a procession of hugs upon entering the dugout.

“That was the time where I almost got a little emotional,” Crawford said. “I held it back. I was just trying to take it in and appreciate all the fans and cheers and all that.”

Staff reporter Evan Webeck contributed to this report.

See our gallery below for exclusive photos of Brandon Crawford playing for Foothill High School in Pleasanton.

San Francisco Giants Brandon Crawford (35) acknowledges the fans before his first at bat in the first inning of their MLB game at Oracle Park in San Francisco, Calif., on Sunday, Oct. 1, 2023. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group) 
Braxton Crawford, 7, throws out the ceremonial first pitch to his father San Francisco Giants Brandon Crawford (35) before their MLB game at Oracle Park in San Francisco, Calif., on Sunday, Oct. 1, 2023. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group) 
San Francisco Giants Brandon Crawford (35) slips his cap on in the third inning of their MLB game at Oracle Park in San Francisco, Calif., on Sunday, Oct. 1, 2023. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group) 
San Francisco Giants Brandon Crawford (35) leaps to catch a ball as Los Angeles Dodgers’ James Outman (33) slides safely at second base in the fifth inning of their MLB game at Oracle Park in San Francisco, Calif., on Sunday, Oct. 1, 2023. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group) 
Jaydyn Crawford, 9, holds a ball before throwing out the ceremonial first pitch to her father San Francisco Giants Brandon Crawford (35) before their MLB game at Oracle Park in San Francisco, Calif., on Sunday, Oct. 1, 2023. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group) 
Jaydyn Crawford, 9, performs a backflip before throwing out the ceremonial first pitch to her father San Francisco Giants Brandon Crawford (35) before their MLB game at Oracle Park in San Francisco, Calif., on Sunday, Oct. 1, 2023. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group) 
San Francisco Giants’ Brandon Crawford (35) tips his cap to the fans after being relieved in the ninth inning of their MLB game at Oracle Park in San Francisco, Calif., on Sunday, Oct. 1, 2023. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group) 
With tears in their eyes San Francisco Giants’ Brandon Crawford (35) hugs his children Braxton, 7, from left, Braylyn, 10, Bryson, 5, and Jaydyn, 9. after their MLB game at Oracle Park in San Francisco, Calif., on Sunday, Oct. 1, 2023. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group) 
San Francisco Giants Brandon Crawford (35) hugs San Francisco Giants assistant coach Alyssa Nakken (92) after being relieved in the ninth inning of their MLB game at Oracle Park in San Francisco, Calif., on Sunday, Oct. 1, 2023. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group) 
San Francisco Giants’ Casey Schmitt (6) is congratulated by teammate Brandon Crawford (35) after hitting a solo home run in the eighth inning of their MLB game at Oracle Park in San Francisco, Calif., on Sunday, Oct. 1, 2023. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group) 
San Francisco Giants’ Brandon Crawford (35) walks through the dugout in the seventh inning of their MLB game at Oracle Park in San Francisco, Calif., on Sunday, Oct. 1, 2023. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group) 
Baseball fans cheer as San Francisco Giants’ Brandon Crawford (35) returns to the dugout after grounding out to first base in the eighth inning of their MLB game at Oracle Park in San Francisco, Calif., on Sunday, Oct. 1, 2023. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group) 
San Francisco Giants Brandon Crawford (35) gets a hug from his daughter Jaydyn, 9, before their MLB game at Oracle Park in San Francisco, Calif., on Sunday, Oct. 1, 2023. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group) 
Sean McClure of Acalanes High School looks for the call after being tagged out at second base by Foothill High’s Brandon Crawford during the Willie Stargell Memorial Easter Classic in Alameda, Calif., on Monday, April 12, 2004. (Contra Costa Times/Mark DuFrene) 
Brandon Crawford, Foothill HS prep of the week, photographed on May 24, 2005. (Jim Stevens/Bay Area News Group Archives) 
Foothill’s Brandon Crawford slides into second base against Encinal in the Willie Stargell Memorial Easter Classic Baseball Tournement on April 13, 2004. Foothill won 16-2. (Dariyoosh Hariri/Staff Archives) 
Baseball player Brandon Crawford of Foothill High School is an All-Times athlete in Pleasanton, Calif., on Wednesday, June 15, 2005. (Contra Costa Times/Cindi Christie) 

 

 

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