Opening Day fun facts

SAN FRANCISCO — Happy Opening Day! Let’s hope the rain stays away. A few Opening Day- and Giants-related notes, courtesy of the team’s media relations staff:

– The Giants have lost each of their last three openers, but have taken 15 of their last 24 and 31 of 51 since moving West in 1958;

– At 24 years and 296 days old, Tim Lincecum is the Giants’ third-youngest Opening Day starter, behind Juan Marichal (24 years, 172 days in 1962) and Mark Davis (23 years, 165 days in 1984) (courtesy of Bill Arnold/Sports Features Group). Lincecum is also the first Giants amateur draft selection to start an opener for the club since Terry Mulholland (1984 first-rounder) in 1995;

– Rich Aurilia, Brandon Medders, Andres Torres and Juan Uribe comprise the first foursome of non-roster Spring Training invitees to make the club since 1992 (Craig Colbert, Jim McNamara, Jeff Reed and Cory Snyder);

– Right-hander Joe Martinez and first baseman Travis Ishikawa are the only rookies on the Opening Day roster;

– Jersey number changes: Bob Howry from 62 to 46; Ishikawa from 5 to 10; Martinez from 64 to 53; Medders from 49 to 52; pitching coach Dave Righetti from 46 to 32; Jonathan Sanchez from 53 to 57; and Juan Uribe from 23 to 5.

4 Comments

Just out of curiosity, any idea what prompted the number changes? Aren’t players usually pretty attached to certain numbers?

Just out of curiosity, any idea what prompted the number changes? Aren’t players usually pretty attached to certain numbers?

Just out of curiosity, any idea what prompted the number changes? Aren’t players usually pretty attached to certain numbers?

Just out of curiosity, any idea what prompted the number changes? Aren’t players usually pretty attached to certain numbers?

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