Since LOL KNBR played the role of hype man with his Top 10 videos to fire you up about the San Francisco Giants making the playoffs, I’m going to be lazy and piggyback off his idea with a 10-part listicle of my own.
Warning: some of these only *might* be true, which means they aren’t all facts.
1. Nine of the 25 Giants on tonight’s active roster spent time in the minors this year (other than rehab games).
2. Six of those nine (Hunter Strickland, Guillermo Quiroz, Travis Ishikawa, Adam Duvall, Gary Brown and Juan Perez) are older than tonight’s starter, Madison Bumgarner.
3. Barry Bonds in the postseason as a Pittsburgh Pirate: .191/.337/.265 … Bonds in the postseason as a San Francisco Giant: .289/.496/.699.
4. Here’s what Barry is doing right now:
5. A sampling of ex-Pirates the Giants have employed: Don Robinson, Rick Reuschel, Bonds, Jason Schmidt, Freddy Sanchez, Javier Lopez, Hunter Strickland.
In return for those players, the Pirates received Mackey Sasser and $50,000 (D. Robinson), Jeff Robinson and Scott Medvin (Reuschel), nothing (Bonds), Armando Rios and Ryan Vogelsong (Schmidt), Tim Alderson (Sanchez), John Bowker and Joe Martinez (Lopez), nothing (Strickland, whom the Pirates waived to make room for Sanchez).
6. Clint Hurdle’s mug has been described as a “mysteriously magenta visage,” “the most expressive face of any major league manager,” and “the same material that mood rings are made out of.”
7. The Giants and Pirates have only faced once in the postseason, when Pittsburgh beat San Francisco 3-1 in the 1971 NLCS.
8. A 40-year-old Willie Mays had an OPS of .989 in that series and hit a home run in Game 2.
9. Giants fans drink 237% more during playoff games than regular season games.
10. The man on the left is the longest-tenured general manager in baseball. The man on the right was hired one year later.
The man on the left has presided over teams that have gone 34-25 in the postseason since he was hired on Oct. 1, 1996, with eight series victories. The man on the right has been on the job since Oct. 18, 1997, and his teams have gone 15-23 in the playoffs with one series victory.