A Dodgers / Giants Memory
By the time Candlestick Park was closing I was already retired from managing the Dodgers. I managed the Dodgers for 20 years and my record against the Giants is 184-147, and at Candlestick 86-81. When we took that long walk from the clubhouse to the dugout, I would blow kisses to the fans. They used to get all over me as the boo’s would wring out all over the park.
The last game at Candlestick, September 30, 1999, was between the Giants and the Dodgers, and I was on hand for it. As part of the celebration of the many games played there between the rivals the Giants asked me reenact that long walk and blow kisses to the fans, and I was happy to do it.
Well, when I made that walk they were booing me tremendously. I got to home plate and there was a microphone set up for me to say a few words to the crowd.
“I finally figured it out,” I said to the crowd.
“You don’t hate me. You hate yourselves because you love me!”
And yes, the Dodgers beat the Giants that day 9-4.