This Week in Giants Baseball History, August 2 - 8

Some past occurrences to munch on while enjoying Ricky Ledee as a Giant for a few months.

A Mullet Grows in Burbank: former Giants closer (and current San Diego Padre) Rodney Roy Beck was born on this date in 1968. Happy 36th, Shooter!

August 3
A Stretch (Limo?) in Cooperstown: Willie McCovey was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame back on this date in 1986.

August 4
But Barry Had Guys to Drive Him in Back Then: Despite being walked four times, Barry Bonds scored a franchise record five runs in a 11-10 loss at San Diego on this date in 1993. Willie McGee, Royce Clayton, and Kirt Manwaring all did the honor of driving home the fifth-place hitting Bonds (well, maybe not the most ideal lineup "protection" for Bonds, but they got the job done that day).

August 5
Yes, He Was a Giant (for About a Month): In his sixth and final start for the Giants, 41-year old Steve Carlton took the loss in an 11-6 defeat to the Cincinnati Reds, yielding seven runs in 3 1/3 innings on this date in 1986. However, Carlton does record his 4000th strikeout during this game. He was cut by the team two days later.

August 6
The Ripper and Reggie, Twice: In a thriller versus the Houston Astros at Candlestick back in 1982, Jack Clark and Reggie Smith each hit two home runs, the last two back-to-back in the bottom of the ninth off of Dave Smith to tie the game 6-6. Three singles later, pinch runner Bob Brenly scored the winning run.

August 7
The Move that Wasn't: On this black day in 1992, the Giants announced the sale of the franchise to investors in Tampa Bay, and declared a pending move to St. Petersburg for the following season. Peter Magowan, Barry Bonds, and plans for the building of Pac Bell Park turned this nightmare into a dream come true.

August 8
Yes, He Too Was a Giant (for About Three Months): In his first start for the Giants, 44-year old Warren Spahn notched career victory #361 in a 6-4 victory over the Cardinals. He was released shortly after the season.

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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