SAN FRANCISCO -- The hearty roar from the AT&T Park crowd said it all: Giants fans indeed appreciate Edgar Renteria.
The Most Valuable Player of the 2010 World Series, which the Giants captured in five games against Texas, threw Sunday night's ceremonial first pitch before Game 2 of the Division Series.
Speaking to a pool reporter as he sat in a box seat between home plate and the Giants dugout, Renteria said he was struggling to summarize the experience, because he was so emotionally moved to have been summoned by the Giants.
"I'm very touched," said Renteria, the former infielder who hit .412 (7-for-17) with two home runs and six RBIs in the 2010 Series, including the decisive three-run homer in the Game 5 clincher. "It was so nice for me when they told me. The fans, they remember and appreciate everything. I'm never going to forget this time. They still remember what we did in 2010. It's unbelievable. I'm so happy they're playing in the playoffs again."
Renteria, who finished his 16-year career with the Reds in 2011, said he visited San Francisco's clubhouse before the game.
"You know, you go back and the feeling doesn't go away. It's still here," he said. "It was very exciting to play in the World Series. Always. Always."