Here are some Giants Gems for Ryan Theriot’s birthday from the 2012 Giants Media Guide – Happy Birthday Ryan!
- Played college baseball at Louisiana State University under legendary coach Skip Bertman…helped lead Tigers to 2000 NCAA College World Series Championship, in which he scored winning run via walk-off single
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- Also played with current Giant Mike Fontenot on that team and was named to College World Series all- Tournament team.
- Is co-founder of Hardt of Champions athletic complex in Louisiana where goal of complex is to raise money for families and children who are struggling, performing free clinic for underprivileged children once a year with other MLB players.
Here are some Giants Gems for Dave Righettin’s birthday from the 2012 Giants Media Guide – Happy Birthday Rags!
- Was 1st player in history to pitch no-hitter and also lead the league in saves in his career. Dennis Eckersley later achieved the feat.
- Nicknames are “Rags” and “The Big Ragu.”
- Grew up Giants fan, with Willie McCovey as his favorite player.
- Avid golfer has played in AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am and has sponsored tournaments on semi-pro golf team.
- Named to National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame in Feb. 2010.
Here are some Giants Gems for Hector Sanchez’s birthday from the 2012 Giants Media Guide – Happy Birthday El Imán!
- Signed in 2007 at age 17 out of Venzeuela and spent two seasons in the Dominican League before playing in the Arizona Rookie League in 2009.
- 22-year-old catcher quickly ascended through San Francisco’s farm system in just 5 seasons that culminated with his Major League debut in 2011, appearing in 13 games.
- Rose from Single A to the Majors in 2011, skipping Double A entirely.
Here are some Giants Gems for Marco Scutaro’s birthday from the 2012 Giants Media Guide – Happy Birthday Marco!
- Marco Scutaro considers fellow Venezuelan Omar Vizquel his favorite baseball player and watched him often in Spring Training after signing with the Cleveland Indians as an amateur free agent in 1994.
- Was born in San Felipe, Yaracuy, Venezuela.
- Began playing baseball at age 6.
- His father was born in Italy, so due to his Italian heritage he had the option of playing for Italy or Venezuela in the World Baseball Classic. In both 2006 and 2009 he opted to represent Venezuela.
Here are some Giants Gems for Bill Terry’s birthday from the 2012 Giants Media Guide – Happy Birthday Bill!
Hit .341 during 14-year playing career with Giants…his .401 batting average in 1930 is highest in franchise history and marks last time NL player hit over .400…set Giants single-season records for hits (254) and runs scored (139) in 1930…became player/manager in ’32 and posted 823-661 mark in 10 years as skipper…guided club to 3 pennants and 1 World Series…
Here are some Giants Gems for Bill Hayes’ birthday from the 2012 Giants Media Guide – Happy Birthday Billy!
- Veteran baseball man returns for 13th season in Giants organization, and 36th campaign overall in professional baseball.
- Will mark 10th-straight year serving as SF’s bullpen catcher…has also assisted pitching coach Dave Righetti and bullpen coach Mark Gardner with pitching aspects.
- Prior to joining San Francisco chain, former big league catcher spent 6 years in Cubs organization and 6 seasons with Rockies.
- Was originally slated to manage Class A Advanced San Jose in 2003, but was elevated to big league club prior to Opening Day.
- Was member of coaching staff that traveled to Taiwan with MLB All-Stars in 2011.