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Sabean Speaks – Giants’ GM Blindsided By Melky Cabrera News

By Bryan Rose

In the past twenty-four plus hours, there’s been a collection of news dumped and regurgitated on the internet. The Giants knew about the Melky Cabrera situation – then they didn’t – then they did. If they knew about it, why didn’t they prepare themselves better? But they got Hunter Pence, so they did prepare. Wait, what?

It’s one big jumbled mess, but the man atop the Giants organization finally broke his silence to the Chronicle’s Hank Schulman, citing he had no idea that Cabrera had failed the drug test until Tuesday morning:

"GM Brian Sabean just made his first public comments since the news of Melky Cabrera’s suspension. He said he learned of the suspension Tuesday morning then informed manager Bruce Bochy. Sabean said the Giants had no idea was coming."

Sabean also spoke about the meeting between Bochy and the players, saying he got emotional during the time:

"“Not at all. If anything, I was so taken back it was deflating. I was actually in the meeting when Bruce (Bochy) talked to the players and I kind of got emotional because I didn’t see this coming. We’ve all been around the game a long time. We’re used to making changes and adjustments. All been around game long time. Used to making changes and adjustments, as we do in life. This is one of those things where you’re punched in the stomach, but you no choice and you’ve got to move on.”"

Sabean can’t look at it any other way than a season ending injury, but that doesn’t make the pain sting any less – partly from losing the player but more from the felt betrayal, I’m sure. His walking around Schulman’s question about Melky’s future in San Francisco seemed to illustrate his current disappointment.