The Giants had one surprise during their tribute to the 1989 World Series club.
A real Thriller.
Larry Baer announced Sunday, before the 2019 Giants played the Phillies, that Will Clark’s No. 22 will be retired.
“I am so proud, so happy,” Clark said after the announcement. “… I’m trying to scream right through my skin right now.”
Clark, the NLCS MVP that season and Giants legend, said he knew the honor was coming, but the reaction from his fellow 1989 Giants made him emotional. He’ll have only the second retired number from a non-Hall of Famer, with Barry Bonds the other.
“I’m having trouble putting it into words,” Clark said afterward. “It’s just super special.”
His 22 will be between Monte Irvin’s 20 and Willie Mays’ 24.
He didn’t know when the ceremony would be next year, but suggested it be on a day that is the 22nd. He cited Mike Krukow and clubhouse icon Mike Murphy as a few he’ll want in attendance.
“It’s absolutely unbelievable,” Clark said. “Something I will never forget. It is my Hall of Fame.”