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Old School

Robert Rubino connects current sports news with the past

A thrill, not The Thrill

It was nice for Giants fans to see first baseman Brandon Belt get an infield hit in his first big-league at-bat Thursday night. Some Giants fans might have been flashing back to April 8, 1986, when another first baseman had his first big-league at-bat. I’m talking, of course, about Will Clark. In his first big-league at-bat, 25 years ago, The Thrill hit a home run — off Nolan Ryan, no less — in the Giants’ 8-3 opening-day win over the… Read More »

All-time favorite Giants games

What are your all-time favorite Giants games that you’ve seen in person? Let me know. Here are mine: 1. Oct. 27, 2010. Game 1 of the World Series. Watching a Giants game with KNBR’s Brian Murphy is always an exercise in life-affirming camaraderie, but this was transcendent. Brian, a mad genius of a heckler, told Bengie Molina that he still loved him but he would “inevitably” hit into a rally-killing double play, asked Bad Vlad to identify that strange piece… Read More »

Beyond Bengie

A common storyline in the World Series will be Bengie Molina, who began the season as the Giants’ starting catcher, and ended the season as the Rangers starting catcher. But the Giants and Rangers have additional shared history. Will “the Thrill” Clark was a Giants star in his first eight big-league seasons, 1986 through 1993; and he had five excellent seasons with the Rangers, 1994 through 1998. And the first interleague regular-season game ever played was Giants vs. Rangers, at… Read More »

Pennant fever: Giants in 1993

The San Francisco Giants have been giving their fans pennant fever over seven decades, including this season. Previous blogs looked at 1959, ’62, ’65, ’66, ’71 and ’82. Upcoming blogs will take a look at the rest of a top 10 list of pennant-fever seasons, in chronological order. 7. 1993. After beating the Dodgers on Sept. 19, the second-place Giants trailed the first-place Braves by three games. With 15 games remaining, the Giants launch a 12-3 finish behind the hitting… Read More »

Posey among all-time Giants rookies

If Buster Posey continues his amazing rookie season, he will have to be included in the discussion of all-time Giants rookies. It’s an impressive group: Orlando Cepeda, 1958: .312 average, 188 hits, 25 HRs, 96 RBIs, 38 doubles, 15 steals. Willie McCovey, 1959: .354 average, 13 HRs, 38 RBIs, .429 on-base percentage, .656 slugging percentage. Jim Ray Hart, 1964: .286 average, 31 HRs, 81 RBIs. Garry Maddox, 1972: .266 average, 12 HRs, 58 RBIs, 13 steals. Gary Mathews, 1973: .300… Read More »