Scutaro never missed a game, and he never stopped playing all-out, either.
His sliding stops were part of a spectacular defensive effort that backed Barry Zito in San Francisco's 5-0 Game 5 victory. He even threw his arms in the air after grabbing Pete Kozma's spinning hopper in the fourth inning of Game 7.
He also delivered a two-out, two-run double to highlight a four-run second inning in the Game 6 win. And even in the Game 1 loss, Scutaro's single to left leading off the fourth was San Francisco's first hit off 18-game winner Lance Lynn.
He spent four seasons across the bay with the Oakland Athletics from 2004-07, filling in wherever he was needed in the infield — and, on occasion, in the outfield. Scutaro, who turns 37 on Oct. 30, also played for the Mets (2002-03), Toronto (2008-09), Boston (2010-11) and 95 games with Colorado this season.
No matter what happens now, he will always be remembered in San Francisco.
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