Will Clark gives a sweet and emotional speech after the Giants retire

SAN FRANCISCO – Will Clark had to wait a long time to tell the Giants would retire his number, and the pandemic forced him to wait a few more years for the actual concert. His speech was worth the wait.

Clark thanked dozens of family members, friends, former teammates, and coaches during his Saturday evening address at Oracle Park, telling quick and often funny stories about many of them. Clark even spent two minutes thanking Candlestick Park, remembering that he absolutely loved “standing on the home plate and watching 40 hot dog wrappers explode.”

The speech was gentle, genuine, and emotional at times, and it all came to a strong end.

“I’m Will Clark,” he said to the voice of a large crowd. “I’m part of San Francisco. I am forever giant.”

Clark’s party was supposed to take place in 2020, but the Giants had to wait because of the pandemic and then decided to postpone it for another year so they could have a full house as number 22 climbed onto the retiree numbers wall. This decision also allowed them to attend some of the franchise’s most famous players.

Kevin Mitchell and Barry Bonds were among those who gave speeches to Clarke, and Buster Posey and Bruce Posey attended the ceremony. Clark thanked them for putting the ring on his finger after he became part of the front office and said it would be there for them in a few years.

“I have one favor to ask of you guys,” Clark told Posey and Bochy. “When you are inducted into Cooperstown, I’d like to be there to honor you guys.”

Messages were sent by Giants Legends, including Willie Mays, and several recorded videos that the Giants played on their scoreboard. One of the best lines was former Giants manager Roger Craig, who is now 92, noting that Clarke was “a great ball player, but you would have been a lot better if you had just listened to me”.

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The longest and most emotional speech came from Mike Croco, who was one of the veterans on the roster when Clarke stormed into his role as a boisterous but talented upstart. Croco remembers how Clark lived in his home the first two seasons in San Francisco and was like one of his children, eating sugary cereal and watching cartoons.

When it came time to go to the park, Croco said Clark set a tone. All he cares about is winning.

“He has earned his place in the history of giants, and he truly deserves to be remembered forever with the floors of immortals from this franchise,” said Croco. “Will, congratulations, and from all of us here today, thank you. It was an honor to watch you play.”

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