Part of me thinks that Connor Joe and Michael Reed will be indelibly linked, not unlike Harry Potter and Voldemort.
They will live in infamy as the two no-names who inexplicably found themselves in the starting lineup on Opening Day for the 2019 San Francisco Giants.
Reed, 26, hit a gaudy .342/.453/.520 with 26 doubles and 11 home runs in 97 games split between the Double-A and Triple-A affiliates of the Atlanta Braves.
The Minnesota Twins claimed him off waivers last October, and he was traded to the San Francisco Giants in exchange for John Andreoli and cash on March 23.
If Connor Joe’s short but sour showing with the team was bad, Michael Reed’s was worse. In eight at-bats, he went hitless, striking out six times along the way before he was cut loose.
One can’t help but feel bad for the unlikely outfield duo. They were thrown into a nearly impossible situation as two guys who frankly had no business being in the starting lineup on Opening Day. They were asked to provide a spark to an offense that everyone knew was going to be bad, and when they didn’t immediately produce, it was on to the next one.
At least the two of them will live on as a fun bit of San Francisco Giants trivia.