San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy had a bit of car trouble during his team’s World Series championship celebration on Wednesday. Bochy was proudly showing off the World Series trophy to Giants fans when the Rolls Royce he was riding in ran out of gas. As you can see from the video below, several men had to get behind the car and push it.Google+
The pro teams in San Francisco are loving each other right now. After it was revealed on Wednesday that the NFL threatened to fine Alex Smith if he wears his San Francisco Giants hat to anymore pregame or postgame press conferences, Giants manager Bruce Bochy decided he would lend his support for Smith and the Niners.
“This is our way of supporting him for supporting us,” Bochy said while proudly sporting a red and gold hat on Thursday. “And we’re all 49ers fans here so this is in honor of Alex. I’m glad he didn’t have to pay the fine. That’s good news.”
Bochy said he has been a Niners fan since he came to San Francisco and praised Jim Harbaugh for what he has done with the organization since taking over. When asked if he was going to get fined for wearing the Niners hat, Bochy said what a lot of us have been thinking.
“I don’t think so. I hope not,” he said. “We’re having some fun with this. This is what it’s about. Sometimes we take things a little too serious, I think. (Smith) comes out here and supports us and we do appreciate it so this is our way of saying thanks.”
Endorsement deals are endorsement deals, but it’s nice to see Bochy repaying the favor. As we know, the NFL can be pretty unreasonable when it comes to having fun.Google+
Giants manager Bruce Bochy and other members of the San Francisco coaching staff say they’ve quit dipping tobacco thanks to hypnosis. Equipment manager Mike Murphy was the first one to explore hypnosis and had good results, so he convinced Bochy and bullpen catcher Bill Hayes to also seek help. They say they haven’t dipped in several months since undergoing treatment from Dr. AlVera Paxson.
So how exactly does it work? Let’s take a look.
Bochy spent 3½ hours in a relaxed, near-sleep state under Paxson’s guidance. She talks constantly as she walks around the room. While Hayes had his eyes closed, per Paxson’s instructions, he recalled that the strongest direction about quitting came as she spoke instructions and Hayes heard sounds resembling a stack of magazines emphatically being thrown to the ground, one by one.
Both Bochy and Hayes were asked to sit all the way back in a recliner. They gave Paxson signals they could hear her by moving a foot or finger. Each brought along a can of chew and Paxson proceeded to educate them about all the ingredients they were putting in their bodies — make that lower lips.
Bochy says he’s tried various substitutes or methods of quitting in the past but always came back to the bad habit. This time he says he has yet to cave. If Paxson is so good at getting Bochy to quit dipping, maybe we need her to talk to him about using his own pitchers during the All-Star Game.Google+
Bruce Bochy used a blatant bias when he picked the NL All-Star team. It’s something managers do and we understood it. What wasn’t cool was giving all his starters the night off while burning everyone else’s pitchers, but that’s a separate point. What is of concern is the disgusting depths of his homerism.
While pitchers like Tommy Hanson, Jordan Zimmerman, Daniel Hudson, and John Axford were left off the team AND fan vote, Bochy was busy considering adding his reliever Sergio Romo to the squad. Check out his little crib sheet that shows the players he considered for the fan vote (as shown during Showtime’s premiere of The Franchise):
Bruce Bochy for you, ladies and gentlemen. Bochy made no secret that he was going to reward his players, but I had no idea he would take it that far. He had meetings with Romo and Javier Lopez to let them know he tried to get them on the team but couldn’t make it work. Now we really know that’s a fact.
When we did our list of NL All-Star team snubs, Romo was not mentioned. About 20 other pitchers were on the list, but not Romo. This is the NL All-Star team, Bochy, not the All MLB Facial Hair Team. Get real.Google+
You know how we roll at LBS. When we seem some b.s., we call b.s. And Giants manager Bruce Bochy naming three of his starting pitchers to the NL All-Star team was a total homer move. It’s not the first time a manager has picked his own players to join the All-Star team when other players were more deserving, but it was a pretty blatant abuse of powers. Even though two of the Giants were on our list of NL players who should have been left off the roster, we lived with Bochy’s decisions. But the crap he pulled managing the NL squad was inexcusable.
In case you missed it, Bochy did not use any of his starting pitchers during the game. That’s right, he put 60% of his starting rotation on the squad and didn’t use of one of them. Naturally you’re asking if his pitchers had proper rest to be able to pitch. Here’s the breakdown:
- - Matt Cain pitched Sunday, so he was ineligible
- Tim Lincecum pitched Saturday, he could have gone an inning
- Ryan Vogelsong pitched Friday, he should have been able to pitch an inning
For comparison, let’s look at the starters of other NL teams he decided to use instead:Google+
In what seems to be a continuing theme in the 2010 MLB playoffs, Giants manager Bruce Bochy pulled starting pitcher Jonathan Sanchez early in Game 2 of the NLCS and saw his bullpen blow a 2-1 game. Sanchez was pitching well, allowing just two runs through six innings. He had walked in a run in the first and gave up an RBI sac fly in the 5th. Yet after having the lefty start the 7th, Bochy brought out the quick hook after Sanchez gave up a single to fellow pitcher Roy Oswalt to lead off the inning.
Sanchez had already thrown 100 pitches at that point, but there was no reason to not let him go through the lineup again. Instead, Bochy pulled Sanchez and brought in reliever Ramon Ramirez who gave up a sac bunt, intentional walk, and run-scoring single by Placido Polanco. Next, Jeremy Affeldt entered the game and he struck out Ryan Howard before intentionally walking Jayson Werth. Of course Boch wasn’t done there, and he brought in Santiago Casilla who gave up the big blow — a bases-clearing double by Jimmy Rollins to make it 6-1.
We saw Rangers manager Ron Washington make the same mistake of pulling his starter early on Friday night. I know you’re probably saying that there’s a difference between the two — the Giants were already down 2-1 so it’s not like they blew a win, while the Rangers were up and blew a lead. True, but that’s not the point.Google+
Bruce Bochy may not be very good at making decisions, but he’s certainly got an eye for spotting others who make bad ones. After Joe Torre was ejected due to a hit batsman issue during Wednesday night’s Dodgers-Giants game, Bochy pulled out the rule book and stuffed it directly up acting manager Don Mattingly‘s can.
With the Dodgers leading 5-4 in a bases loaded situation in the 9th, Mattingly decided to make a mound visit to chat with his closer, Jonathan Broxton. As Mattingly was leaving the mound to head back to the dugout, James Loney asked him a question and he turned around and walked back to the mound to answer him. Since he technically stepped off the mound and returned in the same inning, Bochy was quick to point out that it was the second mound visit of the inning and the umpiring crew agreed Broxton must leave the game. Here’s the video of Don Mattingly accidentally making two mound visits and forcing Broxton from the game, courtesy of Deadspin: