Thursday, February 19, 2009

Giants Wall of Fame #5 -- February 19, 2009

In September, 2008 the Giants unveiled their Wall of Fame along the King Street side of the ballpark, whatever it is called this week. This set of plaques in honors four Giants whom I remember well. Bobby Bonds was a great hitter and fielder who cut his career short because of substance abuse. John (the Count) Montefusco was a good pitcher who brightened some sad seasons in the 1970s. He threw the Giants' last no hitter to-date. Tito Fuentes was a slick second baseman who is now a Spanish language broadcaster for the Giants. He has a big personality. Willie McCovey may have been the greatest power hitter I have ever seen in person. I was very happy when he returned to the Giants in 1977. We were at one of his last games in 1980. He was on first and the stadium suddenly went silent when he apparently tried to steal second. It turned out to be a broken hit-and-run. I took the photo on 29-September-2008.
Pitchers and catchers reported Saturday.
The legislature passed a budget today. Finally.

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