Brandon Crawford's family have always been die-hard San Francisco Giants fans.
Mike and Lynn Crawford were season ticket holders and took Brandon and their other children to baseball games at Candlestick Park as well as AT&T Park in the 1990s and 2000s.
The family even has a commemorative brick at AT&T Park. They also attended the final game of the 1992 season when it appeared the Giants were going to move to Tampa, Florida. The San Francisco Chronicle even published a photo of 5-year-old Brandon sadly watching that game.
Ironically, Brandon was 9 months old when his parents took him to the 1987 National League playoff series against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Now, the 25-year-old graduate of Foothill High in Pleasanton is battling those same Cardinals as the starting shortstop for the team he watched as a kid.
So far in the National League playoffs against the Cincinnati Reds and the Cards, Crawford has only three hits in 19 at bats, but he has made those count.
He has a single, a double and a triple. He's scored twice and knocked in three runs.
He's also been playing some noteworthy defense.
The best-of-seven Giants-Cardinals series is knotted up at one game apiece. The Giants play in St. Louis on Wednesday afternoon in game 3 of the National League Championship Series.
The winner goes to the World Series, a plateau that would be another dream come true for Crawford.
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