Caddies give Giant tribute to World Series champions

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Caddie Todd Newcomb, left, walks with Tom Watson during Wednesday's pro-am.
November 03, 2010
Mark Williams, PGA TOUR staff

SAN FRANCISCO -- Todd Newcomb is a die-hard San Francisco Giants fan. He had no problem donning the currently popular jersey for today's pro-am round preceding the Charles Schwab Cup Championship at Harding Park in San Francisco.

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Each of the 30 Champions Tour caddies wore the Giants jerseys with their respective player's names on the back, paying tribute to the World Series Champions who defeated the Texas Rangers in Game Five on Monday night in Dallas.

"The first game I ever went to was in 1965 at old Candlestick Park and I've been a fan ever since," said Newcomb. "I don't remember it real well but I remember (Sandy) Koufax and (Juan) Marichal. My dad told me. I remember Marichal because his leg went way up high."

Newcomb was in his hotel room in downtown San Francisco when the Giants claimed the title on Monday night. He couldn't attend Wednesday's victory parade since he had to steer his boss, World Golf Hall of Fame member Tom Watson, around the Harding Park layout.

Newcomb was sad to miss the parade but he certainly didn't want to have to deal with the thousands of people that turned out to celebrate the team members.

"When they won I went out and walked around town to soak it up instead of sitting in my room" said Newcomb. "I'm thrilled to death. I've been a fan all my life. My hand is sore from high-fiving so many people."

"I think the timing of this couldn't have been any better" added Newcomb, referring to wearing the Giants jerseys immediately after the city of San Francisco captured its first World Series. "If you're a baseball fan it's good for baseball and it's good for this city."

Jimmy Walker, Jeff Sluman's caddie, also had no problem wearing the jersey.

"I'm a Cincinnati Reds fan," said Walker. "I'm a National League guy. As a kid, I watched them all -- (Willie) Mays, (Willie) McCovey, (Orlando) Cepeda -- you name 'em. If it was the American League I might not be so comfortable."

"It's great that they're doing this. They did the same thing in Montreal with the hockey players. That was pretty special too," added Walker, referring to the caddies honoring the Montreal Canadiens hockey legends at the inaugural Montreal Championship in July.

Fred Couples, the 2009 U.S. Presidents Cup team captain, also had the caddies for his team wear the Giants jerseys during a practice round at The Presidents Cup which was also played at Harding Park last year.

"It's a great idea," said Sluman. "Anytime we can raise some money for charity and have some fun doing it I think that's fantastic."

When reminded of the similar effort at the Montreal Championship, Sluman said "It was fun in Montreal too. Every player enjoyed it even if they didn't know much about hockey. Like Yogi Berra said 'It's déjà vu all over again'."

Upon the completion of the pro-am each player autographed his caddies' jersey. The jerseys will be on display, and up for auction, in the expo tent at the spectator entrance to Harding Park on Friday, Saturday and Sunday of tournament week. Spectators can make a bid to purchase any of the jerseys and all money raised will benefit the Giants Foundation and The First Tee of San Francisco Chapter.

"Willie McCovey's number (44) is on my back and it's my last tournament of the year with Tom," said Newcomb. "I want to see this jersey go to me. Maybe I'd better go make a bid".

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