Hello and happy weekend!
It’s been exactly one week since Hunter Pence retired. I’m not positive that it’s accurate to say he “went out on top,” since he had a very rough final season, but he went out at a time, and in a manner, that leaves me with only happy feelings about him.
His last season was as a Giant. His last at-bat was as a Giant. His first day of retirement was spent being a fan, in McCovey Cove, cheering on the Giants. It was a very nice ending.
To celebrate one of our favorite Giants, may I present the t-shirts that BreakingT designed when Pence left the Giants in 2018. They’re beautiful, and you can buy them here.
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Did Barry Bonds hit a home run today?
October 3, 2002: In Game 2 of the NLDS, against the Atlanta Braves, Bonds hit a solo home run in the 9th inning off of John Smoltz. It cut the deficit to 7-3, which was the final score, and evened the best-of-five series at 1-1.
Old, random MCC article for you to read
Open GameThread, World Series Game 5 (Oct. 26, 2014 — Grant Brisbee)
- Roger Munter takes a look at the Instructional League roster (There R Giants)
- Grant Brisbee on how the Giants would have made the postseason if they had Mark Melancon (The Athletic)
- Alex Pavlovic wonders if the Giants will keep the archways open even when fans can return to the park (NBC Sports Bay Area)
- Mark W. Sanchez on why the Giants never had a closer (KNBR)
- Andrew Baggarly on the importance of the Giants big coaching staff (The Athletic, subscription required)
- Dieter Kurtenbach likes the new postseason format but thinks it can be better (Mercury News)
- Mark W. Sanchez on why the Giants might be quick with promotions next year (KNBR)
I hope you all have a tremendous Saturday.