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Thank You Rich Aurilia

By Bryan Rose

What else can I say? No, you weren’t Barry Bonds. No, you weren’t Jeff Kent. Yes, we hated you when you arrived in San Francisco because you cost us John Burkett. No, we never wanted to give you a chance. But, you won us over. You always won everybody over. And today we say goodbye and thank you. Thank you for being a true Giant.

I remember it all started in Montreal as you came in as a defensive replacement in 1995, with you peaking in 2001 and 2002. You left for a few years, but you never really left. As Tony Bennett says, you really did leave your heart in San Francisco.

Arguments will be made against it, but you quite possibly were the best shortstop in San Francisco Giants history. And while you wont ever be mentioned with Bonds, Mays, McCovey and the other legends in San Francisco history, we fans wont ever forget your contributions to the organization. From your record setting 37 homeruns in 2001 to your record setting 17 RBI’s in the 2002 playoffs, you provided us with memories we will never let go.

As your wife Raquel sat in her seat today, shedding a tear, you gave us your trademark Brooklyn smile as you walked off the AT&T Park field for the last time as a player. And while only 40,000 fans could thank you today for your contributions, just know there are countless others across the globe who’ll remember what #35 did in San Francisco.

In due time, #35 will reside on the Wall of Legends outside of AT&T Park, but #35 will always be a legend in Giant fans heart. Thank you Richie. Thank you for representing the Giants with class, on and off the field. Thank you for the great memories. Thank you, for being a true Giant.

We’ll miss you.