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Flight 22: The Departure of Will Clark

In my fanboy days in elementary school/junior high, I used to set my Will Clark Starting Lineup figure (out of the package) on top of my TV when the Giants needed a couple runs. It was my good luck charm, and damn if it didn't work a couple dozen times. I used it selectively.

The unopened figure would sit in my closet with the rest of the collection. Thoe figures were part of a buttload of Nuschler memorabilia that included:

  • An autographed glossy photo, personalized with "Go Git 'Em, (my first name)!"
  • Two autographed baseballs, also signed in person at Giants Dugout store at Stanford Shopping Center
  • Every baseball card he had in circulation through 1994 (including an uncut sheet of Donruss and an uncut sheet from Mother's cookies)
  • Four posters, including one that was life-sized like a growth chart
  • A Will Clark flip book that included that sweet swing from the sideview  
  • A cartoonish t-shirt with Will and Kevin Mitchell as the Bay Area Bombers (never worn, now full of moth holes)
  • Nine VHS tapes of Will Clark-only highlights recorded from SportsCenter, GiantsVision and SportsChannel
  • Anyhow, the luck of my Starting Lineup figure ran out when he was abducted by the Rangers. It hurt even more when he went to the playoffs with the Rangers twice. Damn, it still burns.

    Did the impending platoon of J.R. Phillips and Todd Benzinger really look that atttractive to then-GM Bob Quinn that we let him walk? Was it a money issue after acquiring Barry?

    My memory doesn't serve me well here, because I can't remember why he was allowed to leave (subsequently ruin the lining of my stomach while watching those 2 buffoons hold down 1B after his departure.)

    I'm guessing he was probably the favorite Giants player for a good number of McC'ers. His departure stung with a good quantity of the venom that was felt when Bob Lurie announced the team was moving to TB.

    For the life of me, can someone remind me why the hell we didn't sign him after 1993?

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