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Giants bringing out the big guns for tonight’s first pitch(es)

Oct 24, 2012, 4:48 PM EDT

Oh, only four Hall of Famers, huh?

  1. jkcalhoun - Oct 24, 2012 at 5:02 PM

    The Giants do this sort of thing very well. They invited Monte Irvin, Willie Mays, Orlando Cepeda, Gaylord Perry, Juan Marichal, and Willie McCovey to throw out the first pitch before Game 1 in 2010. All were able to participate except Mays, who was ill that day.

  2. kvanhorn87 - Oct 24, 2012 at 5:04 PM

    No Barry Bonds? I think it has been long enough for it to be ok.

    • dcfan4life - Oct 24, 2012 at 5:35 PM

      It will never be long enough to be ok.

    • pinkfloydprism - Oct 24, 2012 at 5:38 PM

      Yeah, especially with a recently found cheater that played for the Giants this year.

      • ezthinking - Oct 24, 2012 at 5:57 PM

        What about the admitted cheater in Perry?

    • futonboy - Oct 24, 2012 at 6:54 PM

      Bonds isn’t a HOFer, so he hasn’t made the cut yet.

  3. bayarea510 - Oct 24, 2012 at 5:09 PM

    When MLB lets SF Giants pick the National Anthem singers we get The Grateful Dead and Jose Feliciano when MLB lets FOX pick we get Philip Phillips.

    • historiophiliac - Oct 24, 2012 at 8:07 PM

      Because preteens are THE target baseball audience. They write McCarver letters. Letters!

    • moogro - Oct 25, 2012 at 12:15 AM

      I thought it was better than average, without tons of unnecessary glissandos.

  4. danandcasey - Oct 24, 2012 at 5:11 PM

    As an old-time Giants fan, I am impressed by the list.

    I have one concern – Phillip Phillips singing the national anthem. Where is Huey Lewis and the News?

  5. aklolzer - Oct 24, 2012 at 5:42 PM

    Lol Gaylord

  6. libertynchurch - Oct 24, 2012 at 6:35 PM

    Whats up with Willie? Here we are in the midst of a media explosion and he hardly gets any attention as the worlds greatest living baseball player. What’s up with that?

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Oct 24, 2012 at 7:37 PM

      Not to diss Mr Mays, but I’d say “one of the greatest living legends.” A gentleman named Mr Aaron is Mr Mays’ overall equal, so deserve equal billing, as does a certain Mr Musial.

      • sailcat54 - Oct 24, 2012 at 9:33 PM

        Any list containing the greatest living baseball legends should be led by the Say Hey Kid. Period.

    • historiophiliac - Oct 24, 2012 at 8:08 PM

      Agreed. He is the only person you need to throw the first pitch tonight.

  7. libertynchurch - Oct 24, 2012 at 8:15 PM

    @nothanks You kiddin, right? I understand all that stuff about beauty being in the eye of the beholder, but come on man! When you talk about hardcore baseball skill sets, there was NOBODY better than Willie. Hit for Average, Hit for Power, Clutch Hitting, Speed: Home-to-First, Home-to-Third, Base Stealing, Fielding and Throwing.

    BTW, did you see all three play, personally?

    http://espn.go.com/blog/sweetspot/post/_/id/10260/ten-reasons-willie-mays-is-greatest-ever

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Oct 24, 2012 at 8:49 PM

      I did get to enjoy seeing Mays and Aaron, but not Musial. Now, career BA, #24 hit .302, #44 hit .305; slugging, .557 for 24, .555 for 44, average RBI per year, 113 to 103 for Aaron; seasons with 20 steals, 7 for Mays, 6 for Aaron; it is 338 to 240 for career steals for Mays, and .981 to .980 for Mays in career fielding pctg. So, I repeat, Mays is not clearly superior, they were comparable players, both living legends at the very top of the pile.

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