SAN FRANCISCO -- On a night dedicated to nostalgia, former Giants manager Roger Craig had some old-school advice for Tim Lincecum.
The Humm-Baby suggested that humming a few more brushback pitches would help the Giants right-hander catch the attention of batters such as Paul Goldschmidt. Craig stressed that no pitcher should hurt an opponent but said putting a little fear into them isn't so bad.
"Once you drill somebody or knock them down, you send a message all around the league -- you'd better watch out," Craig, 84, said. "If they want to fight, fight 'em."
Craig was on hand Thursday for an eclectic and oddly timed salute to Candlestick Park, where the Giants last played in 1999. He was joined by a handful of other ex-Giants and 49ers who paid tribute to a stadium scheduled for demolition within a year.
The ceremony took place at the much cozier confines of AT&T Park before the Giants faced the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Standing in the dugout a few hours before the on-field ceremony, Craig, the noted pitching guru, was asked what Lincecum might do to slow Goldschmidt. The Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman is 13 for 24 (.542) with seven home runs and 17 RBIs all-time against the Giants right-hander.
Craig recalled he had his own struggles pitching to sluggers such as Hank Aaron and Willie Mays. His solution was to buzz them with inside fastballs.
"I think Lincecum has great control," Craig said. "He's lost something off his fastball ... but he's come up with a couple of good pitches. He's a great competitor. You don't want to hurt anybody, but if you hit somebody, better you hit 'em than give up a home run."
The energetic, charismatic Craig managed the Giants from 1986-92, a stint that included the '89 National League pennant and ensuing loss to the A's in the Bay Bridge World Series.
Craig was joined by some familiar faces at Thursday's ceremony, including former outfielder Jeffrey Leonard and former pitcher Dave Dravecky.
During a Q&A for a handful of fans, Giants broadcaster Dave Flemming asked Leonard to describe his favorite Candlestick Park memory, presuming that it must be the outfielder's legendary performance against the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1987 playoffs.
Leonard shook his head no. "Joe Morgan's home run," the player known as Hac Man replied. "Joe Morgan knocking the Dodgers out of the playoffs in 1982 would have to be No. 1 for me."
Dravecky's choice for a favorite moment was easier: On Aug. 10, 1989, he returned from a surgery that removed half of his deltoid muscle in an effort to remove cancer cells. Dravecky said he took the mound at the 'Stick that day "and thought about all of the people who had supported me and all of the fans who stood by me."
Then he pitched eight spellbinding innings as the Giants beat the Reds 4-3.
"I will always love Candlestick Park," Dravecky said.
The 49ers who took part in the ceremony had already done their fair share of reminiscing last season, as the team wrapped things up in preparation for moving into Levi's Stadium in 2014.
But former tight end Brent Jones was happy this time to share his favorite baseball memories. His dad took him to his first game at the 'Stick in 1969 because he wanted his boy to see the Giants face Cardinals ace Bob Gibson. He grew up to be a huge Giants fan and was delighted to see Dravecky and Leonard in the parking lot.
"The minute you're done playing," Jones said, "you're just a kid again."