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Best Giant 

Brandon Crawford

The immortal moment came decades ago: a long-suffering fan already, at 8 years old, slumped against a rail at the ballpark for what could be the last time, defeated on the field and off of it, where the Giants were planning to possibly decamp from Candlestick Park to Florida. That the team was saved and that the sad-eyed child — one Brandon Crawford — eventually made the club, now an integral part of modern-day San Francisco life, would have been enough. That he hit a grand slam in his first game before he became the Giants' full-time shortstop, then morphed into one of the better defensive shortstops in the game — and then put on a hitting clinic in 2015 — and did it all with teen heartthrob magazine good looks just sells the package. There is too much to like about B-Craw, from the hometown hero angle, to the unexpected and continuous improvement, to the quiet daily contributions. This guy was meant to be a Giant, and we hope he stays one for a while.

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