MARLINS 4 - GIANTS 3
Will Clark is my favorite Giant of all-time. My earliest baseball memories are of Clark and the Giants in the playoffs vs. the Cardinals in 1987. In 1989, I sat out in the upper deck in right field and saw a towering homerun almost make it out to my seat! I watched Will lead the Giants to the world series in 1989 and watched in sadness when he went to the Rangers after the 1993 season.
Buster Posey is making Clark's impressive Rookie season look mediocre by comparison.
Clark finished his career with a respectable 284 HRs,a .303 average, an OBP of .384, and an OPS of .880 in 15 seasons. In 2006 Clark only received 4.4% of the Hall of Fame vote thus failing to receive the required 5% of the votes to stay on future ballots. He likely would have increased his HOF chances had he played a little longer but retired early to help care for his son Trey who is autistic.
There is no way that you can ever replace your childhood hero as an adult. Even if Buster goes on to make Clark's career numbers look tiny by comparison, wins a world series, and gets voted into the hall of fame. Hopefully, he can be my son's favorite player of all-time!
Last night Buster got the drama of extending his hitting streak to 19 games early with a hit in the second inning. That and a pinch hit two run replay upheld homer in the 7th were pretty much the only Giants highlights of the night. Although they did make it interesting in the 9th when had runners on second and third and only one out. But all they were able to muster was 1 run on an RBI groundout from Andres Torres.
Aubrey Huff's hitting streak came to an end at 12 games.
Posey looks to extend his streak to 20 games tonight and it's going to be tough with Josh Johnson on the mound for the fish. The Giants will counter with Matt Cain. Expect to see little offense on both sides tonight.
Link of the day:
Thrill22.com. Your home for all things Will Clark.