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At 17, Rocha was drafted and pitched from 1973 76 for the San Francisco Giants' minor league team.

"I have loved baseball since I was 4 years old," he said.

was 18 at that time, and really I just wanted an autograph.

"I will not take off work if it's a day game," said Rocha, "unless it's a playoff or World Series."

The display is ongoing, with Rocha alone adding items to it, like the beloved bobble heads. He said three of them are rare, dating back to the days of Gaylord Perry in 1961's Tacoma AAA team.

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His love of all things Giants goes beyond the display case. His real contributions, according to staff, are his discussions with students.

"I like sharing it with them, they're really interested," adding that boys in particular are interested in being pro athletes. "But as a coach, I Lacoste Hat Men

"When kids ask me why I'm a custodian now, I tell them it's because of them," Rocha said. "I'm a bit (obsessive compulsive) when it comes to cleanliness and I like children.

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´╗┐Antioch school custodian shares his baseball days with students

to school custodian was unusual, but for Mark Rocha, it's been a fine adventure.

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And so, Rocha continues to cheer on the beloved team, rarely missing any home games. (He's only allowed to bring immediate family with the tickets.)

For 10 years he shared his talent with Deer Valley High as a pitching coach before taking a break in 2011. He's still teaching via private lessons and "coaching when I want."

While his official days as a Giant are over, his connection is still strong. When his first contract was drawn up 40 years ago, one of his requests was for lifetime home tickets.

"These were my heroes, and now I was (playing with them)," he said of other greats such as Bobby Bonds and Willie Mays.

push them to go to college."

Rocha enjoys talking baseball with the Dallas Ranch students.

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"He has unselfishly shared his personal Giants items," said fellow school staffer Pamela Kicenski. "He takes great pride in the school and assisting students, as well as knowing many of their names. For us, he is more than the head custodian."

"I did that for my dad. He was a (big) Giants fan."

But his glory days still shine brightly thanks to a large display of Giants memorabilia that Rocha himself loans and sets up at Dallas Ranch Middle Ladies Embroidered Polo Shirts Uk School in Antioch, where he has been the head custodian for nearly 11 years. He enjoys sharing his beloved treasures with students and staff.

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It is filled with posters and decorated with Giants memorabilia.

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"I talk to kids about baseball, answer their questions," but Rocha is quick to note he "wasn't famous or in any record books."

After four decades away from professional baseball, Rocha said he is "more of a fan now than an ex player," and his school office may be proof of that.

While he obviously still has a love of the game, he is just as happy taking care of the Dallas Ranch campus.

His favorite memory of being on those fields of dreams was during his first spring training and surrounded by the likes of Willie McCovey.

When the school opened in 2002, Rocha and then librarian Louise Lincoln shared their passions. He was a huge Giants fan, of course, and she loved all things "The Wizard of Oz."

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He struck out the legendary player with just three pitches. "I Lacoste Joggers

He said his time in the minors "was heaven. You know, I was just floating."

Lincoln asked Rocha to "bring in a few items" and a Giants tribute was born. The two shared the display case. When Lincoln retired, it became a full blown baseball exhibit.

Rocha was drafted into the pros when he was 17 after attending the now defunct Pacific High School.

The display, which has been up for nine years, is artfully filled with pennants, programs, books and treasured bobble heads.

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