Giants unveiling statue of Gaylord Perry at AT&T Park


Giants unveiling statue of Gaylord Perry at AT&T Park

The San Francisco Giants will dedicate a nine-foot, bronze statue in honor of Hall of Famer Gaylord Perry on Saturday, August 13 at 1:00 p.m. at the Second and King Streets Entrance to AT&T Park.  All fans are invited to attend this public ceremony. 

Joining Perry, who had a remarkable 22-year career and made his Major League debut with the Giants in 1962, will be Giants President and CEO Larry Baer; Giants Hall of Famers Willie Mays, Willie McCovey, Juan Marichal and Orlando Cepeda; Giants Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations Brian Sabean; Giants Senior Vice President and General Manager Bobby Evans; Giants Manager Bruce Bochy; Giants alumni and current team members including Mike McCormick, Bob Bolin, Joey Amalfitano, Rich Robertson, Jim Barr, Don Carrithers, Tito Fuentes, Will Clark, Dave Dravecky, Jeffrey Leonard and Jeremy Affeldt; Perry’s family and friends; former Giants Owner Bob Lurie; President of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum Jeff Idelson; and Sculptor William Behrends.

Perry was elected to five All-Star squads, captured two Cy Young Awards (1972 and 1978) and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1991.  He played the first 10-years of his career with the Giants (1962-71). He posted a 134-109 mark with a 2.96 ERA and 1,606 strikeouts in 367 games (283 starts) in a Giants uniform. Among San Francisco Giants pitchers, Perry ranks second in wins (134), ERA (2.96), games started (283), complete games (125), shutouts (21), innings pitched (2,294.1) and strikeouts (1,606). He is one of only four pitchers in San Francisco history to win 100 games with the club.  Perry is one of 14 Giants pitchers to have thrown a no-hitter as he threw a no-hitter on September 17, 1968 vs. the St. Louis Cardinals in the Giants 1-0 victory.  Overall, for his career Perry won 314 games with a 3.11 ERA and 3,534 strikeouts. He is 17th all-time with 314 wins and is one of seven pitchers ever to compile 300 wins and 3,500 strikeouts.

“It is incredibly special to our organization to have the opportunity to honor and forever commemorate our Giants legends.  Gaylord is one of those legends, and we are excited to celebrate his amazing career and forever enshrine his legacy at AT&T Park.  His statue will serve as a reminder to our fans of his passion and love for this great game,” said Baer. 

Fans (the first 20,000) attending Saturday’s 6:05 p.m. game against the Baltimore Orioles will receive a Gaylord Perry replica statue presented by Coca-Cola.  Perry will throw out the ceremonial first pitch.

The nine-foot, bronze statue of Perry, weighing 1,400 pounds, will be the fifth statue created by well-known American sculptor William Behrends for the Giants.  The sculpture, which took one year to complete, portrays Perry’s intensity and focus on the mound at the point of his follow through.  Other works of Behrend’s featured at AT&T Park, include the Willie Mays statue located in Willie Mays Plaza, Willie McCovey statue located in China Basin Park, the Juan Marichal statue in O’Doul Plaza and the Orlando Cepeda statue at the Second and King Streets entrance.  All of these sculptures are mounted to a five-foot pedestal made of Sierra White Granite quarried in California.  

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Bruce Bochy reacts to quirk at Oracle Park he had never seen before

Bruce Bochy reacts to quirk at Oracle Park he had never seen before

Bruce Bochy has seen just about everything since he started managing in 1995.

But in the Giants' 5-3 loss to the Brewers on Sunday, Bochy witness something he had never seen before.

"First time I've seen it," Bochy said. "First time."

In the second inning, reigning National League MVP Christian Yelich roped a Jeff Samardzija pitch to right field. The ball skipped to the wall and then it disappeared.

Right fielder Kevin Pillar threw up his arms, the universal signal to the umpires that the ball has gone out of play.

But a ground rule double in right field at Oracle Park? That seems hard considering the height of the wall.

In this case, the ball bounced perfectly between the archway gates and into the standing-room only section under the out-of-town scoreboard where a fan picked up the ball.

First base umpire John Libka ran out to see what happened and once Pillar explained the situation, Yelich was awarded two bases. Ben Gamel, who was on first base, was awarded third base.

"I was a little concerned," Bochy said. "But Kevin, with his experience, he did the right thing instead of trying to dig it out."

Samardzija was able to strike out Ryan Braun to strand Gamel and Yelich.

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Oracle Park is in its 20th year of existence. Bochy is in his 13th and final year as Giants manager. Somehow, after all of Bochy's games in the ballpark on the shores of McCovey Cove, he saw something new.

"I've never seen that," Bochy said. "I didn't know what happened until the replay you could see it, where it went through the cushion."

Giants feeling good about themselves, love how they played on homestand

Giants feeling good about themselves, love how they played on homestand

For the Giants, this season isn't about contending for a playoff spot. It's about doing the small things right and building towards future success.

One thing manager Bruce Bochy wants his team to work on is playing better at Oracle Park.

Prior to the just-completed eight-game homestand, the Giants were 10-18 at home. But against the Dodgers, Padres and Brewers -- three quality clubs -- the Giants took five of the eight games.

"I think you look at it as a pretty good homestand," Bochy told reporters after the game. "We would have loved to have finished it off today ... and we could have, we had our chances. But we took two series against two good teams, so good bounce back off a tough series."

The Giants lost two of three to the Dodgers last weekend, but swept a two-game series with the Padres earlier this week. Then, this weekend, they had a chance to sweep the NL Central-leading Brewers before losing 5-3 on Sunday.

"So, better at home, that's what we've been looking for," Bochy said. "Hopefully when we get back it's the same thing, but now we got to hit the road here against some good teams. I like the way we're pitching, keeping it close and we are creating those chances and that's what you need to do. You do enough of it, as I said, odds are somebody's going to come through for you."

Jeff Samardzija started against Milwaukee Sunday and was tagged with four earned runs in five innings.

Despite taking the loss, Samardzija echoed Bochy's feeling that the team is on the right track.

"We're playing good ball right now," Samardzija told reporters. "I think we even showed it today. There were a couple situations there that definitely on my end, if we get out of there with a zero, it's probably a little bit different of a game and we had our opportunities."

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The Giants head down to LA to begin a four-game series with the rival Dodgers on Monday. After that, they head to Arizona for a three-game series before returning home next week to take on the Rockies.

"I love the way we're playing," Samardzija said. "We'll learn a lot about ourselves here in this next week."