We are just under one week from pitchers and catchers reporting to Arizona for the start of the San Francisco Giants’ 2016 spring training. Lord knows it’s been long enough, spring training cannot come soon enough. Giants’ skipper Bruce Bochy took a minute from his Pro-Am tournament at Pebble Beach on Tuesday, February 9th, to share his enthusiasm for the new season.
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“It gets you charged up,” says Bochy. “We have so many fans here, and they’re all geared up for the season. The Super Bowl’s over; it’s time to talk baseball and get ready. I love it. I wish my golf game was a little better, but other than that, it’s hard to beat this.”
Preach, skip, preach.
I don’t know if it’s that even year mojo that has Bochy fired up, but it’s clear he’s got the itch for the new season. It also could be the yearning to try out his new toys in his outfielder Denard Span, as well as his new pitchers in Johnny Cueto and Jeff Samardzija. I think I speak for a lot of Giants fan when I say that I’ve been waiting far too long to see these guys in Orange and Black for the first time.
“The Super Bowl’s over; it’s time to talk baseball and get ready. I love it.” – Bruce Bochy
Spring training will also be a great time for Bochy to check out some of the players who were hurt last season, including Angel Pagan, Hunter Pence, and Joe Panik. It will be worth monitoring to see how these players have come back from their injuries after the offseason. The orange and black will need these players if they are to be ready for another long season that will hopefully include postseason implications.
Bochy joined several other Giants players including Matt Cain, George Kontos, and former Giants’ outfielder Randy Winn at the Chevron Pro-Am Shootout at Pebble Beach where they played in a shootout against several 49ers, including Steve Young, Steve Bono, Dwight Clark, and Harris Barton, in a five-hole match. the Giants beat out the 49ers and won $60,000 that will be donated to the charity of their choosing (Ron Kroichick, SFGate.com)
It’s great seeing Bochy fired up for the season, it’s clear he wants his team to make some noise this season after missing out on playoffs last year. I don’t know if it’s Bochy’s way of buying into the even-yeared magic, but it’s still excitement all the same.