Here is a strange picture:
That's Juan Marichal, the Dominican Dandy, the Hall of Famer, the greatest pitcher in San Francisco Giants history, in a Dodgers uniform. This is not the uniform that is on the statue outside of the Giants' home. It is a strange, loathsome uniform and it makes for a strange, loathsome picture.
We do not have to deal with a picture like that today. But there are ex-Giants in unusual uniforms, and our job is to rate just how strange these uniform/player combos on from a scale from one to 10. A 10 would be Marichal up there, but a one would be something like Mike Leake.
That is not strange. Didn't the Giants acquire him from the Cardinals? It's all the same from here.
But there are others. Let's investigate.
It shouldn't be that weird. It's where the Giants shipped him to get Jason Schmidt. It's where he accumulated the most service time in the majors before the Giants reacquired him. It's not like he's on the Twins or something, like I figured he would be.
Still, it's an unusual sight. Remember the chainsaw commercials? Remember Vogelsong's death-battle with Miguel Cabrera in the World Series? Sure you do. So this picture gets a solid 7.
He was here for only a year, but he blessed us with so many memories and pictures. Aw, let's have a picture for old-time's sake.
There are millions of those. Still, Aoki in a Mariners uniform gets a 3. He was just passing through, and we knew this.
Okay, this one is a little odd. Petit spent parts of four years with the Giants, and he was a helpful member of their baseball club, so it's a little discombooberating to see him in another uniform, sure.
It's the choice of teams, though. The Nationals signed him as quality pitcher first, but they also signed him to be a living reminder that they all need to try harder. Remember when that guy drinking an iced coffee at the locker next to yours shut you and your teammates down for 74 straight extra innings? Try harder.
So he's a quality 7, as well.
Yeah, that's unsettling. I don't understand why the top of the Diamondbacks uniforms make it look like your parents don't meet in Back to the Future, but they seem happy with them.
Let's remember Photo Days past, instead.
Arias is so embedded in Giants lore -- at least my version, which is festooned with Eugenios and Emmanuels and Theriots -- that he gets a strong 8 for wearing another uniform. Not that any of us were, you know, clamoring for a long-term extension.
He returned to the Giants for a brief tour and did wondrous things. But he bounced around before, and he bounced around after. So this gets a 5 for general weirdness, but this video gets a 10 every danged time I embed it:
Travis Ishikawa ... HITS ONE INTO RIGHT ... Travis Ishikawa ... HITS ONE INTO RIGHT ... Travis Ishikawa ... HITS ONE INTO RIGHT ... please play this on a loop in my mausoleum, thank you.
For some reason, this one gets me. Perez was a homegrown Giant, and he was allllllmost remembered as a half-Buckner who was a part of the worst play in franchise history. Instead, he's remembered as a charming member of the 2014 World Series team.
He's also still rocking the Upside-Down Kramer goatee, and I respect the hell out of that.
Perez gets an 8, just because he's never been in another uniform in his career. At least he went to a team with all sorts of outfield openings?
I forgot this one originally, probably because I figured he was still in camp this year, waiting to get some pinch-hitting opportunities in the ninth inning. Like Perez, this is an 8 because Sanchez is homegrown, and, golly, it's odd to see him in any other uniform. I still wonder what his career were like if the Giants kept him in the minors to get at-bats and experience behind the place. I also wonder if the Giants would have won the World Series in 2012 and 2014 if they put him on a normal trajectory. Butterflies, chaos theory, et cetera.
Regardless, I'm hoping that Sanchez hits the dinger that drives Ishikawa in to win the pennant for the White Sox. That would be glorious.
There are no Marichals in the bunch. There aren't even any Pablo Sandovals. But there are some pictures that make you do double takes, and the important part is that I got to recycle two different Photoshop ideas.
Edit: My brain refused to process this, so I forgot about it.
On a scale of 1-to-10, this is a solid 5,973, and may we all find peace in this cruel world. Marichal on the Dodgers was worse, but we're living through this now.
At least we can kind of root for Bonds without it being too weird, right? Right?