This Week in Giants Baseball

Missing Giants offense? Some of the games below certainly didn't. Also: something else for the dads, not quite the last straw for the Straw Man, and some pitching gems – something the 2007 season has not been without. Now about that offense…

June 18
Son of a ML Gun!: A day late for Father's day, but how about this record – on this date back in 1997, the San Francisco Giants and the Seattle Mariners set a record for having on the same field the most number of players who are sons of former Major Leaguers, with four.  Barry Bonds and Stan Javier's Giants beat Ken Griffey Jr. and Jose Cruz Jr.'s Mariners 4-2 at Candlestick Park.

June 19
A Giant Straw: The Giants signed troubled outfielder Darryl Strawberry on this date in 1994, shortly after the Los Angeles Dodgers released him.  Amazingly, Strawberry would sign with the New York Yankees exactly a year later, shortly after the Giants severed ties with him.  Both releases had to do with Strawberry's habitual drug abuse.

June 20
Sockless Sox: Just slightly over three years before the Giants returned the favor and visited Fenway Park for the first time since 1912, the Boston Red Sox were first-time visitors in San Francisco on this date in 2004.  Jason Schmidt proved to be a rude host, as he allowed only a double to Kevin Youkilis in the top of the sixth inning in hurling a one-hit shutout.  The Giants won the ballgame 4-0.

June 21
Maybe He Should Have Just Kept Pitching: In a 2-1 loss to the Milwaukee Braves at County Stadium on this date in 1960, Giants starter Jack Sanford pitched the first 11 innings, giving up just five hits and one run.  His replacement, Sam Jones, got one out before surrendering the winning run in the bottom of the twelfth.

June 22
Atta Boy, Say Hey Kid: 20-year old rookie Willie Mays hit a go-ahead 3-run home run in the top of the 10th inning in Wrigley Field as the New York Giants downed the Chicago Cubs 9-6 on this date in 1951.  Despite his awful start, Mays would go on to hit 20 home runs and win the NL Rookie of the Year award.

June 23
LaCoss Wins, Homers: Back when current ESPN baseball analyst John Kruk was skinny enough to roam the outfield, the Giants pounded Kruk and the San Diego Padres 18-1 at Candlestick Park on this date back in 1986.  Mike LaCoss threw a complete game 3-hitter, and just to prove he wasn't tired, he hit a solo home run in the bottom of the eighth inning off Padres position player Dane Iorg.  Just as amazing, he somehow managed to keep Tony Gwynn hitless.  Padres starter LaMarr Hoyt had a considerably worse outing, as he allowed 13 hits and nine runs in just over three innings.  Every Giant that came to the place – including pitchers and pinch-hitters – had at least one hit in the ballgame.

June 24
Robby Does It Again: Speaking of Giants blowouts, Robby Thompson had his second multi-homer game in a 17-2 laugher over the Colorado Rockies at Candlestick Park on this date back in 1993.  Robby later admitted that he had previously never hit two home runs in a game, even in little league.  Thompson had five of the Giants' 20 hits, and John Burkett went seven strong innings for the victory.

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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