Nov. 1, 2010
Arlington, Texas - Former Cal State Fullerton outfielder Aaron Rowand became a World Series champion for the second time in his career Monday night as his San Francisco Giants defeated the Texas Rangers, 3-1, in the fifth game of the 2010 Major League Baseball World Series.
He is one of five former Titans to have been crowned a World Series Champion, one of three to have played in the Fall Classic, and is the only one to have won two in their career.
Greg Mathews (1987 St. Louis Cardinals), Mike Lamb (2005 Houston Astros) and Rowand (2005 Chicago White Sox and 2010 San Francisco Giants) are the three former Fullerton players to have appeared in a World Series game, while Mark Kotsay (1997 Florida Marlins) and Dan Naulty (1999 New York Yankees) were part of world championship clubs but did not participate in their respective series.
Nicknamed "Rock," Rowand and former 1996-97 Titan teammate Lamb met in the 2005 World Series with Rowand's Sox coming out on top in a four-game sweep of Lamb's Astros.
Rowand prepped at Glendora High School before joining the Titans in 1996. He was an All-American for Fullerton as a junior in 1998 and was later a supplemental first-round draft pick by Chicago, the 35th pick overall. While with the Titans he hit a career .345 with 23 homers and 121 RBI.
The outfielder, in his third season with the Giants, batted a career-low .230 with 11 home runs and 34 RBI. He lost his starting job part way thorough the season but remained a threat off the San Francisco bench.
He was one of the final Giants to be added to the postseason roster, but did get 11 at bats and the start in center field on Monday night as the Giants clinched their first championship since they moved from New York to San Francisco. Rowand hit .272 (3-for-11) in the postseason and .250 (1-for-4) with a pair of RBI in the five-game World Series.