This Week in Giants Baseball History.

Signings, re-signings, firings, and birthdays. Kind of covers the whole life-death-rebirth cycle of baseball, doesn't it? Speaking of life lessons, the signings below might not have been very sexy, but they ended up being some pretty important cogs nonetheless.

November 20
Westrum Withdrawn: For the upcoming 1976 season, the San Francisco Giants decided to go old school by luring former manager Bill Rigney – the original San Francisco Giants manager – out of retirement, and fired incumbent Wes Westrum on this date in 1975.  The move didn't work out so well, as Rigney lasted all of one season and the Giants slipped from third to fourth in the NL West.

November 21
No, Not the Hockey Player: Hall of Fame Mr. Everything Freddie Lindstrom was born on this date back in 1905, in Chicago, IL.  Inducted into the Hall in 1976, Lindstrom played every position except for the battery in a 13-year career, the first nine as a member of the New York Giants during 1924-32.

November 22
Hickey, We Hardly Knew Ye: Bryan Hickerson played his first four Major League seasons as a Giant, but his stint in orange and black ended when he was selected off waivers by the Chicago Cubs on this date in 1994.  Then things got worse – Hickerson was traded to the Colorado Rockies the following July, where he posted an ERA of 11.88.  He never recovered.

November 23 – Happy Thanksgiving!
Large, Lanky, and Now a Lefty Reliever?: Former Giant and Stanford Cardinal David McCarty was born on this date in 1969, in Houston, TX.  The longtime journeyman first baseman tried to become a pitcher with the Boston Red Sox in 2004, and posted respectable numbers, striking out four in 3 2/3 innings.

November 24
La Costs Were Not Disclosed: Mike LaCoss re-signed with the Giants as a free agent on this date in 1987.  Beginning his Giants career as a non-roster invitee to spring training in 1986, LaCoss led the 1987 NL West champion Giants with 13 victories.

November 25
They Call Him Neifi: Slick fielding, slaphappy hitting Neifi Perez was selected by the Giants off waivers from the Kansas City Royals on this date in 2002.  The switch-hitting shortstop got into a large number of games in his two seasons as a Giant, but he was abruptly released in August 2004.

November 26
Not Quite Ricky Bobby, but Close: After spending two productive seasons in San Francisco, the Giants decided to keep a good thing going by re-signing Stan Javier on this date in 1997.  Javier responded by batting .290 the following 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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