CLEVELAND -- Rich Aurilia fully appreciates the company he's joining. Aurilia climbed into seventh place on the all-time San Francisco Giants lists for both games and hits Thursday, the latter category ascended with an RBI single in the fourth inning. Jim Davenport (1,142 hits) and Will Clark (1,160 games) share the rankings with Aurilia.
To Aurilia, those are more than just mere names. He knows that Davenport and Clark are among the most revered Giants since the franchise moved West in 1958. "For me, a guy who was drafted in the 24th round and wasn't supposed to do anything, to be associated on the same lists with guys like that is an honor," Aurilia said. "Especially when you know some of the people that you're passing." Aurilia played for interim manager Davenport at Triple-A Phoenix in 1995 and has met Clark at several Giants functions. In eight of nine seasons between 1998-2006, Aurilia collected at least 110 hits and appeared in at least 120 games, a period that built the foundation of his statistical achievements. He's on pace to reach those levels this year, having played in 67 games and amassing 56 hits while batting .289 before Thursday. "Any time somebody makes the Hall of Fame or reaches some type of milestone in hits or something like that, you have to have longevity and consistency," said Aurilia, 36. "I kind of pride myself in trying to be consistent. I feel like I've done a decent job of that through my career. Hopefully I can keep playing and stay with the Giants beyond this year."
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.