Cool moment out here at The Big Phone. Nate Schierholtz, the pride of San Ramon Valley High School (well, one of them), just rolled a “groundball with eyes” into right field for his first major-league hit, and received a very nice ovation from the modest crowd. He’ll always remember that it came against A.J. Burnett.
Schierholtz’s presence in the Giants’ lineup raises an interesting question, because he was a last-minute replacement Randy Winn (strained rib cage), who also is a product of SRV. Have there been any other products from the same high school as members of the same major-league roster at the same time?
Can’t imagine there’ve been many, if any at all. The closest thing I can think of off the top of my head are the Encinal High School tandem of Jimmy Rollins and Dontrelle Willis, but of course, they aren’t teammates. Rickey Henderson and Dave Stewart were teammates, but each went to separate high schools, Henderson to Oakland Tech and Stewart to St. Elizabeth.
Safe to say Rick Steen, the longtime SRV coach, deserves mention in any discussion of the best Bay ARea baseball coaches ever.