This Week in Giants History, May 31-June 6

Since I've had such a lousy time predicting the Giants' future (Kevin Correia a lock? Noah Lowry??), how about I provide here some noteworthy and otherwise odd snippets from the Giants' past? Enjoy!

May 31
The one, the only, the Dutch: former Giants outfielder Rikkert Faneyte, was born on this day in 1969. In parts of three seasons with the Giants from 1993 until 1995, big Rik amassed zero home runs, 8 RBIs, and presumably a countless amount of mispronunciations.

June 1
No 22 for no. 6: in 1993, Robby Thompson's career-high 21-game hit streak came to an end during a game versus the Florida Marlins, despite getting a hit on this day. How? He was 1-for-5 in the first game of a doubleheader, but failed to get a hit as a pinch-hitter in the second game.

June 2
A sign of things to come?: Former Giant Kevin Mitchell was released by the Cleveland Indians on this date in 1997, shortly after getting in a fight with Chad Curtis. The fight put Curtis on the DL with an injured thumb. Among other things, the once-beloved Mitchell would later manage the short-lived Sonoma County Crushers, and for him this was a role that was also not without some fisticuff activity. . .

June 3
One at-bat wonder: I'm not making this up! According to, on this date in 1896, Oscar E. Foster (AKA Reddy) made his major league debut for the New York Giants, registering one official at-bat. He then proceeded to never play again, anywhere in the majors.

June 4
Quinones, oui oui oui: playing third base in Montreal on this date in 1986, Luis Quinones tied a franchise record by hitting two triples in a 4-2 victory.

June 5
Hey Cubs fans, 1911!: Things didn't look good for the NL-leading Giants in Chicago heading in to the ninth down 1-0 on this date in 1911. Sever runs and six outs later, the Giants and Christy Mathewson win the ballgame 7-1.

June 6
What could have been: 2002, Game 6 of the World Series. The man Dusty pulled with a 5-run lead in the 7th was born on this date in 1974 in Encino. Happy birthday, Russ Ortiz!

Don Shin eats, breathes, thinks, and bleeds in Orange and Black. Pac Bell Park officially opened on his 25th birthday (the one year he decided to move out of the Bay Area!!!). For the 2000 playoff drive, he dyed his hair orange while studying in Korea. He watched Game 6 of the '02 World Series at a restaurant in LA, and couldn't finish his meal afterwards. Feel free to write him at to commiserate, cheer, and complain.

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