Darren Baker — dressed in full Reds uniform, as usual — planned to track down Snow before Saturday night's Game 1 of the NL division series, to say "just hi, just normal." He sat on the podium in the interview room alongside his dad before Saturday's game.
The Barry Bonds-led Giants came within six outs of winning a World Series title in Game 6 at Anaheim, then lost in Game 7. It wasn't until two years ago that San Francisco finally captured the franchise's first title since moving West from New York in 1958.
Little Darren was in tears after the '02 team fell short, then soon after moved off to Chicago as his dad left on difficult terms and became manager of the Cubs.
"When I was 3, I understood the teams and the magnitude of the situation," he said. "I guess they just wanted to win badly."
When the Reds visited this summer, the Giants held their 10-year celebration of the '02 World Series to coincide with Baker being in town. Darren threw out the first pitch, then got picked up and hugged by Snow and thrown over the former first baseman's shoulder in a reenactment of sorts to that frightening play.
His 63-year-old father, who recently missed 11 games while recovering from a mini-stroke and irregular heartbeat, was expected to receive a warm ovation from the sellout crowd in the Giants' waterfront ballpark.
"In the beginning, when they announce his name with the lineups," Baker said. "After that, he kind of turns into the enemy."