Crawford's career takes him full circle

Brandon Crawford, SS, Giants
Hometown: Pleasanton, Calif.

How fitting is it that Crawford plays for the Giants?

Crawford lived in Menlo Park, Calif., until he was seven, when his family moved to Pleasanton, so he's Northern California through and through.

He grew up a Giants fan and regularly attended games at Candlestick Park, where his father had season tickets on the third-base side. Crawford can remember getting to walk on the field at the 'Stick as a fan for the penultimate baseball game played there. He also remembers being at a 2000 playoff game against the Mets and also the '02 World Series against the Angels.

Before attending UCLA, Crawford was a standout two-sport athlete at Foothill High in Pleasanton. He batted .357 in three years on the varsity baseball team, and he also played both quarterback and safety on the football team.

Ryan Hood is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.