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It's bigger than World Series for Javier Lopez

Giants left-handed reliever will fly home to Denver for the birth of his son.

October 25, 2012|By Bill Shaikin

SAN FRANCISCO -- These are the best of times, these are the busiest of times.

On Friday, as his San Francisco Giants teammates board a luxurious charter jet for Detroit, pitcher Javier Lopez plans to grab a dawn flight to Denver.

If all goes well, he will witness the birth of his son and share in the first day of his life, then fly to Detroit on Saturday for Game 3 of the World Series.

"It's an interesting time," Lopez said Thursday. "It's going to be a crazy time."

Lopez said his wife, Renee, is 39 weeks' pregnant and at home in Colorado. Doctors agreed she could deliver the couple's second child by Caesarean section on the off day Friday.

"We're in the last week of the baseball season," Lopez said. "We'll have the child, I'll come back and play the World Series and be right back home."

Lopez said he is not nervous, at least not until he holds his breath to see if his flight is on time.

"I think the nerves will come when I'm flying," he said. "That's when the logistics come into play."

Stow attends

Bryan Stow, the Giants fan beaten and critically injured at Dodger Stadium last year, attended Game 2 as a guest of the Giants. The visit was his first to a ballpark since he was attacked more than 18 months ago.

The crowd responded with a warm ovation when the video board read: "A Giant Welcome to Bryan Stow and his family." No pictures were shown, and members of the family asked to enjoy the game privately.

Short hops

Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval, who tied a World Series record by hitting three home runs in Game 1, said he got more than 300 text messages — and a congratulatory tweet from Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. … Commissioner Bud Selig deflected persistent questions about when the Oakland Athletics might finally learn whether he will let them move to San Jose, a decision more than three years in the waiting. "It's the second game of the World Series," Selig said. "Calm down." … The average speed of Barry Zito's pitches in his Game 1 victory: 79.8 mph, according to analyst Bill Chuck. Zito threw 81 pitches in 52/3 innings. … Tom Lasorda, the Dodgers' Hall of Fame manager, attended Game 2 and said he was rooting for the Tigers. He is the godfather of Detroit catcher Al Avila. "I don't think God would allow me to pull for the Giants," Lasorda said.

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