A New Season Dawns For The Giants and Why We Care
Thus ends the Winter of Our Discontent (Apologies to William Shakespeare). It, is time to set aside the petty bickering about 5th starters, prospects, Managers, General Managers, Off-season pickups, and lack of hitting. It is time to play real baseball and glory in the fact that we are, when all is said and done, Giants Fans. We argue because we care.
I thought it would be fun to make a list of the nicknames of Giant players to bring back memories and illustrate the rich history of the franchise. No particular order, no ranking, and not an all encompassing list. Please add names that you remember. But first, a couple of quotes we can all take to heart:
James J. Smilin Mutrie, Manager: "My Big Fellows! My Giants!" Thus. the Gothams became the Giants
Chief Meyers: "Once a Giant, always a Giant." In The Glory of Their Times 1992
Frankie Frisch The Fordham Flash
Christy Mathewson The Christian Gentleman, Big Six
King Carl Hubble
Orlando Cepeda The Baby Bull, Cha Cha
Will The Thrill Clark
Gary Mathews Sr. Sarge
Gaylor Perry The Ancient Mariner
George Foster The Destroyer
Sudden Sam McDowell
Travis Stonewall Jackson
Hoyt Wilhelm Old Sarge
Amos Rusie The Hoosier Thunderbolt
Memphis Bill Terry
Bobby Thomson The Flying Scotsman
Tito Fuentes Parakeet
Dave King Kong Kingman
Mel Ott Master Melvin
John The Count Montefusco
Jeffrey Hackman Leonard
Fat Freddie Fitzsimmons
Tim Keefe Smiling Tim
Roger Conner Dear Old Roger
Willie Stretch McCovey
Juan Marichal Manito, The Dominican Dandy
Kirk Rueter Woody
Ron Bear Bryant
Joe Ducky Medwick
Joe Ironman McGinnity
Tim Lincecum The Freak
Pablo Sandoval The Panda
A few managers:
John McGraw The Little Napolean
Alvin Dark The Swamp Fox
Oh, and lest we forget:
Willie Mays The Say Hey Kid, or just Buck to his friends
Rest in Peace Chief Meyers, for once a Giants fan, always a Giants fan.
Come on Giants, give us all you've got!
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