MoreSplashHits had another solid month blogging about the Giants, finishing in the Top 50 for page views for the month of May.
It was the second consecutive month MoreSplashHits placed 46th among fan blogs. It’s the fourth time in the past two years MoreSplashHits has ranked in the top 50, never higher than 44th.
So as a thanks to those following and to commemorate that back-to-back showing at No. 46, we share this pictorial showcase of some classic No. 46s in San Francisco Giants history.
The March rankings are in and MoreSplashHits moved up six spots to No. 44 on the Fan blogs with the most March page views on MLB blogs.
And if you think about it, there’s an eerie link.
Stay with me now.
MoreSplashHits is named in honor of the Splash Hits, home runs belted by a Giants player into McCovey Cove outside of AT&T Park.
McCovey Cove is named for San Francisco Giants Hall of Fame Willie McCovey.
Willie McCovey is the all-time favorite Giant of the author of MoreSplashHits.
Willie McCovey wore No. 44.
Ooooooooooohh. It’s like the stars were aligned or something, right?
OK, maybe that’s a bit of stretch.
Stretch! Get It! Ha!
All kidding aside, MoreSplashHits would like to thank all those followers who helped solidify MoreSplashHits in MLB Blogs Fan Top 50.
MoreSplashHits made its Top 50 debut last month at No. 50 (to honor legendary Giants great … uhhhhhhh … Scott Garrelts???).
Now at No. 44, it brings back a Willie McCovey memory.
McCovey was the one Giants player I remember my dad pointing out to me at the first Giants game I ever attended at Candlestick Park in 1973.
And then the Giants traded Big Mac to San Diego at the season’s end. The following summer, my family moved from Sacramento to the LA suburb of Simi Valley — Dodger Country.
But in 1977, McCovey was back with the Giants, and he was re-installed as my favorite Giant.
That season the Dodgers decided to honor the 39-year-old McCovey with “Willie McCovey Night” at Dodger Stadium on August 16.
Some remember August 16, 1977 as the day Elvis Presley died. I remember it as the day it rained all day in Southern California. Willie McCovey Night was rained out.
It never rains in LA in August.
The game was replayed the next day, but “Willie McCovey Night” was rescheduled for a night in September. My dad got issued replacement tickets for the rained out game for September 26, the rescheduled “Willie McCovey Night.”
That night, Willie Mac hit one out and the Giants won 9-1. It was the first time I had ever attended a Giants-Dodgers game at Dodger Stadium that the Giants actually won.
And all those in attendance that night could take their ticket stub to a LA-area McDonald’s for a free Big Mac. So the next day, that’s what I did.
So, on Friday, to commemorate the Giants’ home opener and MoreSplashHits coming it at No. 44 on the MLB Blogs Fans Top 50 for March, I think I’ll go to McDonald’s and get a Big Mac.
You think if I showed them the link to the MLB Fan Blogs rankings, they’ll give me my Big Mac for free?
There’s nothing more satisfying than for a baseball fan to be able to relate for the players on his or her favorite team on a personal basis.
For example, Tim Lincecum and MoreSplashHits have both visited the Clark County Courthouse in Vancouver, WA. Of course, MoreSplashHits was there for jury duty, while the Freak was there for other reasons.
And now comes this from Andrew Baggarly’s blog for the San Jose Mercury News.
Apparently, Giants pitcher Jeff Suppan and MoreSplashHits have both worked as a sports clerk at the Los Angeles Daily News.
Sports clerks take calls from high school coaches who are reporting result from their games. From those results, the clerk will write up a couple of paragraphs that help comprise a daily roundup.
Suppan told Baggarly that he worked for the Daily News shortly after high school. However, Suppan’s tenure at the Daily News last three shifts as the experience was a little too intense for him.
What a wienie!
MoreSplashHits also worked as a sports clerk for the LA Daily News. Judging by Suppan’s age, we can guess that my tenure at the Daily News preceded Suppan’s by three or four years. My immediate supervisor at the Daily News was Tim Brown, who now covers baseball for Yahoo! Sports. Oh, and my tenure at the paper lasted much longer than three shifts.
But I guess we all don’t have what it takes to work as a sports clerk for a major metropolitan newspaper. And I can’t be too hard on Suppan. We all have our personality flaws.
For example, I never played organized baseball because as a young child I was afraid of being nailed by the ball. (Dude! It’s hard! And it can really hurt!).
And Suppan went on to have a long career in baseball, earning millions of dollars in the process. Meanwhile, I’m still taking prep results from high school coaches.
So I guess some people’s shortcomings are more costly than others.