SAN FRANCISCO -- Bob Brenly typically receives a friendly reception when he returns here. But he wasn't expecting the tribute that awaited him at AT&T Park.
Brenly, the Chicago Cubs' television analyst who caught for the Giants from 1981-89, is one of eight players from the 1980s whose images appear on the left-field wall as part of the club's ongoing celebration of its 50th anniversary in San Francisco. Earlier this season, players from the '60s and '70s were featured on the wall.
Brenly, a National League All-Star in 1984, is joined by Dave Dravecky, Will Clark, Jose Uribe, Robby Thompson, Kevin Mitchell, Mike Krukow and Jeffrey Leonard.
"It's really gratifying in a lot of ways," Brenly said Wednesday. "Guys play their career and it seems like it's over in a heartbeat and you move on to other things and you assume that everything you did back then had been pretty much forgotten as people move forward. And then to come back to the ballpark to see your mug out there on the wall ... it makes you feel pretty good. People still remember."
Brenly, who also coached with the Giants from 1992-95, said that he will forever cherish the relationships he built, on and off the field, as a member of the ballclub: "The people who were around the team, the people who were around the ballpark, the people who I grew to know while living in Foster City for 16 years. This was home. Both my children were born here. It was really a special time in my life. I think any ballplayer would say that about his playing career."
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.