I cheated and looked up the answer, then passed it along to my dad since it was a Padre. He recalls the game and remembers we were there together (and that my mom was angry that he kept me out so late.) I was seven, and the memory is lost in the haze of all the other games we went to growing up.
and I recalled it when the Giants traded for him (and Kevin Mitchell and Dave Dravecky--God, what a one sided trade) in 1987.
He was a really good pitcher.
for the Padres (granted, he's probably the worst CY pick in history) and Chris Brown was coming off an all-star season. But the Giants were a team on the ascent, and the Padres were the Padres.
Mitchell was an MVP and had 6 good years with the Giants, Lefferts was a key cog, and Draveky was the ace until he got cancer. Still, Davis was good. Brown was broken down at the time (poor guy was always hurt and nobody believed him after a while, RIP) and Mark Grant was a stiff.
Still in the Giants favor but not by as much as I had initially recalled.
who was the first overall pick in the 1984 draft - he was the key component that came to San Diego along with Mitchell when we dished Kevin McReynolds to the Mets. Mitchell was kind of a man without a position - he played 3B, SS, 1B and all three OF positions before finally settling into left field.
Anyway, the Padres' were banking on an OF of Gwynn, Shawn Abner and Shane Mack, and Chris Brown (theoretically) solidified third base. With Benito behind the plate and Roberto Alomar at second you more or less covered for Garry Templeton and [GAPING BLACK HOLE] at first. Of course none of this worked out.
Mark Grant has been a horrific color guy on Padres' telecasts for about 15 years now. He and Matt Vasgersian were a particularly excrutiating duo.
Abner, Jefferson, and Hern (Kerns? The catcher) jump to mind.
A few ended up working out but a bunch didn't, for whatever reason.
I went to a Cubs-Dodgers game in 2000 at which he hit 2 HRs, one of which traveled about 460 feet -- no small feat in the thick air of Dodger Stadium. (This also was the game when the ushers ejected two women for kissing each other on the lips. That would be unimaginable today.)
winning pct to Dryfart (.444 to .446)
a) he was the winning pitcher in a College World Series championship game b) he is tied with Grover C Alexander in one career statistic.
Damn, this guy is just full of trivia. But no, Jason Varitek was never a battery mate.
he hit the home run off of.
It was one of the first games I recall watching; I had just gotten into the Giants that year and this was an early April game.
Answer: Craig Lefferts
I have no idea whether he pitched in the college world series. He was not a home run hitter in MLB, but it only takes one home run.
Sandy Koufax - He tied GCA with the most Triple Crown (3).
He was a walkon.
I am wild-guessing Travis Wood or Yovani Gallardo.