The Thrill Is Gone: The centerpiece of the "Humm-Baby" Era, Will Clark left the Giants on this date in 1993 by signing a 5-year deal with the Texas Rangers.
The Man Who Would Be Closer: All-Star Twins closer and former Giant Joe Nathan was born 30 years ago today in Houston. That's okay; we had Matt Herges and Dustin Hermanson instead last year.
Joltin' Joe: HAPPY TURKEY DAY! Sure he wasn't ever a Giant, but Joe DiMaggio (born on this date in 1914, in nearby Martinez) was a San Franciscan and was a San Francisco Seals icon. They don't make ‘em like that anymore.
Likewise: Hall of Famer Vernon Louis "Lefty" Gomez also didn't play an inning for the Giants, but he was a northern Californian, and he was born on this date back in 1908, in Rodeo, CA.
Sarge!: Gary Matthews won the NL Rookie of the Year award on this date back in 1973.
He Did a Mean Babe Ruth Impression, Among Other Things: The third overall pick in 1986, fan favorite Matt Williams was born on this date in 1965, way out in Bishop, CA. One of this writer's favorite Giants of all time.
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 email@example.com to commiserate, cheer, and complain.
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