Players and team representatives who were at Candlestick Park on Oct. 17, 1989, share their memories of the Loma Prieta earthquake.

GIANTS

General Manager Al Rosen

"I was up in the general manager's box with Bill Walsh and (comedian) Shecky Greene and our wives. I remember Walsh was talking baseball, and I was talking football. There was no doubt something dastardly was going on and then there was the realization that it was an earthquake ... It was like a bad dream, hard to wake up from.When we finally played Game 3, Bill didn't come back to sit inmy box. I think he'd had enough."

Catcher Bob Brenley

"I was standing at the home-plate side of the dugout talking to the Gatlin Brothers, who I believe were singing the National Anthem. I wasn't even a country music fan, but I went over and introduced myself. We were chatting, and all of a sudden, it felt like a bubble under the rug. Their eyes got real big and one of them said, 'What in the world is that?' But I knew right away what was happening. I figured I was OK because I could just run out on the field if the stadium started collapsing, but I knew my wife was in the stadium somewhere. As it turned out, she was just stepping off the elevator.''

Manager Roger Craig


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"I was in my office getting ready to go out to the field when I heard one of our players — I think it was Don Robinson — running through the clubhouse yelling, 'Earthquake! Earthquake!' Everybody made a beeline for the team parking lot, and when I got out there, I saw Tony La Russa was already out there, talking to Commissioner (Fay) Vincent. They beat us to everything in that Series, even during the quake."

First baseman Will Clark

"I was running sprints along the right-field line by myself. I remember turning around to run back toward the infield and hearing a rumble that sounded like an F-14. Then the ground started to shake, the damn thing nearly knocked me down. I remember seeing the field actually ripple like a wave, which is the strangest thing I've ever seen on a baseball field."

A'S

Relief pitcher Dennis Eckersley

"It's almost unreal ... The farther you get away from it — 20 years — the more unreal it all seems ... A very unique championship, that's for sure. I mean, you see champagne all over the place this time of year. Not us. It was like, 'Ok, we're done.' When you wait 10 days to finish things off, it takes something off of it, you know? Do I feel bad about that. Hell, no. I'm not complaining. I'll take what I can get."

Third baseman Carney Lansford

"It was Tony La Russa and myself and Bobby (Welch) and (Terry) Steinbach — all in the dugout, and a fan above the dugout had one of those little portable TVs. He leaned over and told me the Bay Bridge collapsed, the Marina was on fire. I thought he was messing with us. But he said, 'No. look.' He had it on the TV and showed us."

General Manager Sandy Alderson

"There was not a great sense of danger on our part at that time, perhaps because we had gone through earthquakes before. But there were relatives of mine who had never been in an earthquake. My grandmother, who was like 90 at the time, she was from upstate New York. My mother and father were from Florida, and my sister. My wife's family came from Ohio. They all became mini-celebrities in their hometowns because they had been through the earthquake."

Pitcher Dave Stewart

"Baseball seemed out of place for a while. Even after we took off to go to Arizona (to workout), we weren't sure about whether we should be playing. Mentally and emotionally, we weren't sure we were ready. A lot of guys felt very strongly against playing again — and I was one of them."

Left fielder Rickey Henderson

"I was in the john in the clubhouse. I hate it when people ask me that question because it's always embarrassing to have to tell them where I really was."