Let’s get real… Fans want an MVP player on their team… But they go nuts when their team wins a title.
Bay area fans have been blissed with many great individual performances resulting in MVP awards:
1954 & 1965 Willie Mays (NY Giants & SF Giants)
1969 Willie McCovey (Giants)
1970 John Brodie (Niners)
1971 Vida Blue (A’s)
1973 Reggie Jackson (A’s)
1974 Kenny Stabler (Raiders)
1988 Jose Canseco (A’s)
1989 Kevin Mitchell (Giants)
1989 & 1990 Joe Montana (Niners)
1990 Ricky Henderson (A’s)
1992 Dennis Eckersley (A’s)
1993, 2001, 2002, 2003 & 2004 Barry Bonds (Giants)
1992 & 1993 Steve Young (Niners)
2000 Jason Giambi (A’s)
2000 Jeff Kent (Giants)
2002 Rich Gannon (Raiders)
2002 Miguel Tejeda (A’s)
2006 Joe Thornton (Sharks)
2012 Buster Posey (Giants)
2012 Chris Wondolowski (Quakes)
2015 & 2016 Stephen Curry (Warriors)
These awards are all very deserving and I truly appreciated each and every one of these fabulous performances. Totally proud to have witnessed history for these remarkable athletes (except for the 1954 MVP award for Willie Mays).
Having said that, nothing got my blood flowing and my heart thumping more than during the championship title runs of all of our Bay Area teams.
It is a totally euphoric sensation and the culmination of what we fans have envisioned for our team(s) to be able to stand atop Mt. Everest at the end of the season.
My top moments that I still recall vividly are:
- 1981 – The Joe Montana to Dwight Clark “Catch” which started the Niner dynasty. I was with my brother and we both went bananas…
- 1989 – The Joe Montana to John Taylor “Catch” to win SB XXIII. My son and I jumped so high, we almost hit the ceiling…
- 2010, 2012 & 2014 – While the Giants were on their title runs, what I still recall are the Halloween nights where I was constantly interrupted by Trick-or-Treaters and had to run to the door to greet them and quickly run back to the TV so I wouldn’t miss anything. In the final game of the 2014 series, MadBum the STUD, came into the game in the 5th inning and shut out the Royals for the remainder of the game. Of course, I almost had a heart attack when Alex Gordon hit a ball that Gregor Blanco badly misplayed which resulted in a triple. All turned out well when Salvador Perez popped out to Pablo Sandoval and the celebration started throughout the Bay Area…
- 2015 – The GS Warriors season was a total blast topped by Steph Curry’s remarkable leadership and play. The season was culminated by the recommendation of a Warrior staffer, Nick U’Ren, to start Andre Iguodala and go small & fast against the Cavs. It worked so well, Andre was named the Finals MVP and the Warriors won their first title in 40 years. What I recall was in Game 7, we had a comfortable lead but JR Smith started hitting insane bombs and it got uncomfortably close. My son and I “chest bumped” and “high fived” as the clock ran out…
The bottom line is that fans are fans of their team. They are also fans of great individual performers while they play for their team. OKC fans loved Kevin Durant while he was there but hated him when he left for another career opportunity. Their favorite now is Russ Westbrook as he is having an MVP season. If Westbrook choses to leave OKC next year, they will hate him, too. It’s natural for fans to react this way as their first priority is their team.
MVP’s are nice but Championship Titles are everything!!!