Walking His Way to a World Series Record: No San Francisco Giants fan should be surprised that he has this record – on this date in 2002 at Pac Bell Park, Barry Bonds was walked intentionally three times in Game 4 of the World Series, thereby setting the record for most free passes in a World Series game. Bonds was walked all three times by Anaheim Angels starting pitcher John Lackey, who did not factor in the decision. A late rally by the Giants in the bottom of the eighth gave them the 4-3 victory, which evened the series at two.
When Kent Scoring Was a Good Thing: The very next day, the Giants trounced the Angels 16-4 at Pac Bell Park on this date in 2003 to take a 3-2 lead in the series. Jeff Kent had a monster day, as he hit two home runs, drove in four, and scored four times – the latter tying a World Series record. We won't talk about the next two games of this series here. Ever.
The Run That Wasn't: Hey kids, you know all those times when your coach tells you to make sure you touch home plate when you come around to score? Here's why – in Game 5 of the 1911 World Series between the New York Giants and the Philadelphia Athletics played at the Polo Grounds on this date, Giants second baseman Larry Doyle scored the winning run on a sacrifice fly to give the Giants a 4-3 victory. Or did he? After the game, umpire Bill Klem admitted that Doyle was so ecstatic about scoring the winning run that he never actually touched home plate. The A's, however, failed to appeal, and the run and the Giants' win held up.
What Could Have Been: Former Giants prospect and 2006 All-Star Francisco Liriano was born on this date in 1983, in San Cristobal, Dominican Republic. Did we really need A.J. Pierzynski that badly?
A Quick Hit In SF: Happy birthday to former Giants ace Bill Swift, born on this date in 1961, in Portland, ME. The 1993 runner-up for the NL Cy Young Award played three seasons in orange and black, compiling an impressive 39-19 record.
Crosstown Tickertape Traffic: The last out of the 1989 World Series was made on this date, and it wasn't the happiest of days at Candlestick Park, as the Oakland Athletics completed their four-game sweep of the Giants with a 9-6 victory. Mike Moore won his second game of the earthquake-lengthened series, but fellow starter and 2-game winner Dave Stewart won the Series MVP award.
Lefty Leaves: After a remarkable comeback in which he went from a pitcher to an eventual Hall of Fame outfielder, the New York Giants traded San Francisco legend Lefty O'Doul to the Philadelphia Phillies for outfielder Freddy Leach on this date in 1928. Luckily for San Franciscans, O'Doul returned to the city by the bay after his playing days to manage the San Francisco Seals during 1935-51.
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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