Flying is for Birds, Not Giants: The New York Giants announced on this date in 1919 that they would travel to Philadelphia for the season opener via airplane – still a relatively new technology at the time. Despite this declaration, the team eventually made it to Philly via the train.
A Good Sinking Feeling: Current San Francisco Giants reliever and sinkerball specialist Scott Munter was born on this date in 1980, in Norfolk NE. Here's hoping those induced grounders find the gloves of your infielders this season, Scott!
Not So Nasty: Former Giants swingman Philip Nastu was born on this date in 1955, in Bridgeport CT. Nastu spent his entire three-year career pitching for the Giants, beginning in 1978.
You Gotta Be Tough With a Name Like Benito: One-time Giants catcher Benito Santiago was born on this date back in 1965, in Ponce, Puerto Rico. Santiago gave us three memorable years as a Giant, including a 16-home run effort during the Giants' pennant-winning season in 2002.
Finally, a Hall Pass for Jackson: On this date in 1982, the Special Veterans Committee elected former New York Giants infielder Travis Jackson to the Hall of Fame. "Stonewall" spent his entire 15-year career as a Giant, and hit a career-high 21 home runs in 1929.
A Jolt in the Preseason: The Chicago Cubs and the New York Giants met for an exhibition game in Los Angeles on this date in 1933, and an earthquake broke out. The players gathered around second base until the shaking subsided.
He Sure Doesn't Play Like He's 41: Current Giants outfielder Steve Finley (still feel weird typing that) was born on this date in 1965, in Union City TN. Here's to a few dramatic home runs for the Giants this season, Steve!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to commiserate, cheer, and complain.
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