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Congratulations San Francisco Giants!

Before I go into how awesome the San Francisco Giants are for winning it all this year, let me make it clear: I am a diehard Atlanta Braves fan.

I blame WTBS airing all 162 Braves games when I was a kid playing Little League. Dale Murphy, Glenn Hubbard, Gene Garber were my heroes and later on, the 1990’s Braves: Tom Glavine, John Smoltz, Greg Maddux, Greg Olsen, Mark Lemke, Dave Justice, Ron Gant, Javy Lopez…the list goes on.

But what the San Francisco Giants did this year was impressive — even if they beat my Braves in the NLDS. And if anyone is wondering, I cried (to myself commuting to work) when the Braves lost this year, but I was a proud Braves fan for how they overcame injury after injury to get into the playoffs. But they did lose to the eventual World Champs.

As a Bay Area resident, the SF Giants World Series Championship brought me to tears thinking how much my friends and family have been waiting for this since 1954. I was a firsthand witness to the 2002 loss, and I remember watching them in the 1989 Series. All great Giants teams that fell a little short. Even though I don’t claim them as my team, I felt the disappointment of people around me.

But 2010 is the year of the Giants.

This makes the Filipino community so proud. You see, a large majority of the Giants fanbase are of Filipino ethnicity and the Filipino American community is closely tied to the Giants organization. The Giants recognize this fanbase by having a Pilipino Heritage Night every year at the ballpark! What other baseball organization has that? In my opinion, the San Francisco Giants have the largest Filipino fanbase of any other baseball team in America, closely followed by the L.A. Dodgers, San Diego Padres and NY Yankees.

Filipinos are especially proud of Tim Lincecum, a mestizo (half Filipino). We are a people historically overlooked and many Filipinos feel connected to this guy because…well…he’s one of us. He’s not that big, and baseball experts are amazed at how his small frame can muster up a 95 mph fastball.

In my opinion, his Filipino blood has something to do with Lincecum’s motor. Speaking for myself, his motor is similar to many Filipinos I know who seem to never get tired playing sports.

I saw a lot of people of all ethnicities celebrating at the Giants Parade today. When I see a Filipino fan in the crowd, I can’t help but get a little emotional — the Giants mean so much to not only the Bay Area, but to the Filipino and Asian American community.

To all the Filipino Giants fans and Giants fans in general — this is a Braves fan extremely happy for all of you!!

I’m a Braves fan for life — but I’m proud Bay Area resident today.

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