This Week in Giants Baseball, July 26 - August 1

The trading deadline looms large, and here's some deals that went down in the past, along with the other usual ephemera.

July 26

A Manwaring a Giants Jersey No More: Defensive stalwart and fan favorite Kirt Manwaring was traded to the Astros in exchange for Rick Wilkins on this date in 1996. In addition to being a really swell guy, Manwaring won the Gold Glove in 1993, as he made all of two errors behind the plate. Wilkins initially thrived with the Giants after the '96 trade, but slumped badly the following season, and was cut after playing only 66 games in 1997.

July 27

No, Not That Felipe: In what can probably be assessed as a bout of wishful thinking, the Giants acquired "relief" pitcher Wayne Gomes from the Philadelphia Phillies for utilityman Felipe Crespo on this date in 2001. Gomes went on to pitch 15.1 innings with the Giants, sporting an ERA of 8.40. Crespo hit the tenth splash hit in the history of Pac Bell Park in 2001, and was the only Giant other than that Barry guy to hit that big water hazard on the fly until J.T. Snow did it in 2003.

July 28

A Good Kind of Blue: According to the radio ads, he's known to some of the youngsters today as "Junk Car Vida," but we knew him as a gritty and classy hurler. Vida Blue turns 55 today; here's to many more!

July 29

Almost, Scotty: On this date back in 1990 at Candlestick Park, Scott Garrelts came within one out of throwing a no-hitter against the Cincinnati Reds. Paul O'Neill broke up the bid with two outs in the ninth by hitting a shallow fly ball that landed in front of center fielder Brett Butler. Garrelts then got Eric Davis to fly out to left to complete the one-hit 4-0 victory.

July 30

Two Trades that Worked Out Quite Well: On this date in 1996, the Giants shipped out disgruntled pitcher Mark Leiter to the Montreal Expos for pitcher Tim Scott and a lanky soft-tossing kid named Kirk Rueter. Five years later, the Giants sent Armando Rios and Ryan Vogelsong to the Pittsburgh Pirates for John Vander Wal and a hard-tossing guy named Jason Schmidt. The rest, they say, is history.

July 31

The White Sox Fire Sale: For six minor leaguers (a group in which only Keith Foulke made a significant impact in the majors), the Giants acquired pitchers Wilson Alvarez, Danny Darwin, and Roberto Hernandez from the Chicago White Sox on this date in 1997. The new additions (particularly the hard-throwing Hernandez) helped the Giants win the NL West.

August 1 Artistic License: On this date in 2004, newly traded Randy Johnson made his debut as a San Francisco Giant, and promptly shut out the St. Louis Cardinals 8-0. Barry Bonds hit for the cycle, as Cardinals pitchers were forced to pitch to him, lest they face the humility of the chicken dance. [Hey, a guy can dream, can't he?]



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 dongsoo411@yahoo.com to commiserate, cheer, and complain.

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