Marco Scutaro recalls signature NLCS moment at Giants’ 2012 World Series reunion

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Marco Scutaro entered the San Francisco Giants’ 2012 World Series reunion ceremony appropriately: arms outstretched, gazing upward.

Scutaro provided perhaps the most enduring image of a memorable postseason, which included winning six elimination games en route to the Giants’ second title in three years. So what was he actually thinking at that moment?

“I spent four years in Oakland and I never remembered that kind of rain,” Scutaro said during the ceremony. “I figured we were one out from the World Series and all the time it was pouring down. Someone up there was looking down — so I was saying thank you.”

Scutaro, the NLCS MVP, was crushed in a play at second base by St. Louis outfielder Matt Holliday, a moment that was replayed on the center-field screen Saturday, and Oracle Park was echoing boos for Holliday.

“That woke my bat up,” said Scutaro, who had 14 hits in the series. “I should be thanking him.”

Other highlights from Saturday’s pregame festivities included manager Bruce Bochy calling the resilient Giants “cockroaches — they just wouldn’t die,” and coach Tim Flannery guessing that former GM Brian Sabean had come up with that cockroaches comparison, adding, “The baseball gods were kind to us.”

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