This Week in Giants Baseball History

Sure, this year's Giants will be once again sitting home watching the postseason festivities, but the guys below either finished their seasons in style or came up big in the games that count the most. Let's hope the 2007 squad can add to these memories.

October 2
Opening Up a Can of Coors: Giving up seven runs in a ballgame is fine as long as you score more than that, especially at Coors Field.  The San Francisco Giants did just that on this date in 1999, as they scored 12 of their 16 runs in the final four innings to down the host Colorado Rockies 16-7.  In a sign of the coming apocalypse, Giants leadoff hitter Marvin Benard had five hits and Armando Rios did his best Barry Bonds impression by hitting two home runs while subbing for Bonds in left field.  Current (and most likely future ex-) Giant Jamey Right took the loss by surrendering the first six Giants runs in five innings.

October 3
A Meaningless Can of Whoopass: On the final day of the 2004 season, the Giants blasted the NL West Champion Los Angeles Dodgers 10-0 at Dodgers Stadium.  The Giants were powered by five home runs – one each by Ray Durham, Pedro Feliz, Marquis Grissom, Deivi Cruz., and Jason Ellison – and two-hit ball by Jason Schmidt, but it was all for naught as the Houston Astros edged the Giants in the wild card race by a single game.

October 4
Bobby Bonds, Mr. Everything: After stealing two bases and scoring a run in the bottom of the fifth inning, leadoff hitter Bobby Bonds changed roles and became the run-producing hero in the bottom of the eighth, as his 2-out, 3-run home run in the eighth inning drove in the go-ahead run.  Bonds and the Giants defeated the San Diego Padres 6-4 at Candlestick Park on this date in 1972.

October 5
Another Can of Dodger Whoopass: The 1986 season ended up in much the same fashion as the 2004 season – the Giants walloping the Dodgers at Dodgers Stadium in a meaningless game and missing the playoffs.  This time it was 11-2, as the Giants scored 10 of their 11 runs in the final three innings, including a 6-run seventh that featured a 2-out grand slam by Candy Maldonado.  The sudden outburst made a loser out of Orel Hershiser and a winner out of Mike Krukow, who won his 20th game of the season.

October 6
Kicking It at the Polo Grounds: In the season known forever by the call “the Giants win the pennant!  The Giants win the pennant!,” Game 3 of the 1951 World Series on this date saw the New York Giants going up two games to one over the New York Yankees at the Polo Grounds, thanks in large to an unusual play by Giants leadoff hitter Eddie Stanky.  With one out in the bottom of the fifth inning and the Giants leading 1-0, Stanky walked and attempted to steal second.  Yogi Berra’s throw to second beat Stanky to second base, but Stanky managed to kick the ball out of the glove of Yankees shortstop Phil Rizzuto, and he went all the way to third.  This freakish “error” by Rizzuto opened up the floodgates for a 5-run Giants inning, and the Giants never looked back in winning the ballgame 6-2.

October 7
1989 NLCS Game 3: Sure, this series will forever be remembered because of Will Clark’s heroics, but in Game 3, played on this date, the game winner was off the bat of another one of the humm baby kids, Robby Thompson.  After the Chicago Cubs took a 4-3 lead in the top of the seventh inning, Brett Butler hit a one-out single in the bottom of the inning, then after a pitching change Thompson brought him and the lead home by hitting a 2-run home run off of Les Lancaster.  The Giants held on to go up 2-1 in the series, and would not lose another game on their way to the World Series.

October 8
First NL World Series Grand Slam the Difference: Giants second baseman Chuck “Iron Hands” Hiller hit all of three home runs in 1962 the regular season.  But in a tie game at Yankee Stadium in the Game 4 of the World Series played on this date, Hiller brought them all home by hitting a 2-out grand slam to put the Giants ahead by four runs.  The Giants won the ballgame 7-3, and tied the series at 2-2.

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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