This is the week! The San Francisco Giants are back. Baseball things are happening. Pitchers and Catchers report on Tuesday February 13, with workouts starting the next day. The rest of the players don’t need to be in camp until February 19th, but I bet we see a few faces earlier than that.
As you would expect, there’s been some changes with the Giants. The team lost 98 games last year and nobody wants that to happen again. Bobby Evans is not allowed to just wave a neuralyzer and wipe away the memories of awful baseball in 2017.
I went up to AT&T Park today for Media Day. It’s an annual pilgrimage for me, as it’s a casual, relaxed atmosphere on the suite level. The big names get whole suites to themselves, while most of the other players and coaches are crammed into couches and small cocktail tables with the name placard in front….it’s an odd kind of “speed dating” type environment.
I nabbed one-on-one interviews with Evan Longoria, Brandon Belt, and Brandon Crawford, and sat in on group interviews with Bruce Bochy and Andrew McCutchen.
All of the interviews are listed below in audio form, and additionally, in video form for Longoria and McCutchen.
You can download the episode here, or stream it below!
It’s true, the Giants’ pitchers and catchers are reporting in less in a week. A few mere days until we can claim that we smell the fresh cut grass and hear the crack of the bat echo through our collective skulls.
Until then, Eric and Chad talk about Barry Bonds’ #25 being retired in August, despite not being the Hall of Fame (a Giant requisite for a retired number), the clash between the MLB players’ association and MLB about the lack of free agent signings, Chad will be covering the Giants at Media Day on Friday, and Eric has been writing a metric ton on torturecast.com. Seriously. Go there. Read it. It’s good stuff!
The San Francisco Giants announced yesterday that on August 11, before a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, they will finally retire the number 25 in honor of Barry Lamar Bonds. This video is so cool, I wish it were longer.
The Giants usually only retire the numbers of players who made the Hall of Fame. After 6 years of the greatest hitter any of us has ever seen getting shut out of the hall, the Giants decided to make their own decision.