Sometimes, when there's not much going on with the Giants or when I'm looking for something to post, I will give out some San Francisco Giants trivia just to keep the blog interesting. How it works is I'll give you a question, and then, I'll give a little more background about the question and answer.
This first question is for Giants history buffs, so sit back, relax, and take a sip of coffee (or beer). Here it is.
In Major League Baseball history, 107 players have hit home runs in their first major league at-bat. Who was the last to do so for the Giants?
Take a guess before you look at the answer below.
The answer is a fan-favorite in San Francisco. He debuted with the Giants on April 8, 1986. In his 15-year big-league career, he hit a career .303 with 284 home runs and 1,205 RBIs. Currently, he works with the Giants in their front office, and fans love him just as much today as they did back when he played. This Giants legend is none other than Will "The Thrill" Clark.
On opening day 1986 at the Houston Astrodome, the rookie Clark stepped up against the Astros' Nolan Ryan. Clark, unfazed by his greatness, hit a Ryan fastball out of the ballpark. It was his first swing he ever took in the major leagues. The Giants ended up winning the game 8-3.
Is it just me, or do the Giants open the season in Houston a lot?
Oddly enough, in his minor league debut, Clark hit a home run against none other than Dodger great Fernando Valenzuela.
Can Brandon Belt be the next Giant to hit a home run in career at-bat number one?