Killion: World Series MVP returns to San Francisco


Killion: World Series MVP returns to San Francisco

June 8, 2011

Programming Note: Tune into Chronicle Live, Thursday at 5 p.m. on CSN Bay Area with special guest Edgar Renteria.
Ann Killion

This is the last one.

The last emotional ceremony. The last World Series ring to bestow. The last postseason legend to honor.

Perhaps the most important one.

Edgar Renteria will be in town tonight with the Cincinnati Reds. There will be a pregame on-field ceremony when Renteria will receive his ring.

Well see a highlight film of his three-run home run in the seventh inning Game 5 of the World Series, the hit that delivered a championship to San Francisco and MVP honors to Renteria.

And the ovation will be deafening.

REWIND: Sad end to Renteria-Giants saga

As with Juan Uribe, players from the 2010 team may shed their Giants uniform but they can never shed their legacy. They will always be a part of the greatest moment in San Francisco Giants history and will always be beloved.

Especially the only World Series MVP in San Francisco history.

No matter how uncomfortable his exit was.

Back in December, Renteria caused a stir by saying that the Giants 1 million offer to return was a total lack of respect. He and his agent later backed off those comments, but he signed with the Cincinnati Reds for a reported one-year 2.1 million contract and a promise of more playing time.

I wanted Edgar to come back, Bochy said. I talked to him. Brian (Sabean) talked to him. He made his decision, which we respect.

And while the Giants shortstop position isnt quite settled (though Brandon Crawford is making strides toward stabilizing things), its questionable whether Renteria could have helped the Giants. Hes played only 32 games this season and has recently been sidelined with a bad back which could be aggravated if the Giants surround him and pound on him tonight, the way they did with Uribe when he got his ring at AT&T Park.

No matter how things ended in the offseason, there are no hard feelings. It will be an emotional reunion with the 16-year veteran.

It will be so good to see him, Andres Torres said. He helped me a lot; not just me, but all of us. He taught us how to do things offensively and defensively. How to keep our minds in the game.

Despite his frustrations over injuries that limited his playing time and effectiveness for his two seasons as a Giant, Renteria was a touchstone inside the clubhouse.

It was Renteria who got up to speak at an emotional September meeting in the batting cage at Wrigley Field when the Giants were struggling. In his tear-filled speech, he told his teammates that it didnt matter if he had a reduced role on the team, that he would support every player and believed they could win a World Series. That night the Giants beat the Cubs 13-0.

Edgar was so respected and revered in the clubhouse, said Bruce Bochy. He was a calming influence.

REWIND: Renteria's two HRs earn World Series MVP honors

In one of the most masterful decisions of his genius postseason managing, Bochy put Renteria on the postseason roster, despite his limited contributions during the regular season. In Bochys mind, those limits might have helped.

He went into the postseason fresh, Bochy said. He wasnt worn down.

Renteria tore through his biceps tendon in the NLDS, which actually reduced the pain in his arm. When the World Series started, Bochy made Renteria his starting shortstop, moving Uribe to third. It changed the team dynamic.

He and Uribe both, Bochy said. With them anchoring the left side of the infield, there was such a sense of confidence.

The defense was solid. And, in terms of offense, Bochy had a hunch that Renteria might do something big. After all, he was the only guy on the roster who had the World Series-winning hit back in 1997 when he was with the Marlins.

Certain guys have a way of coming through in the big moment, Bochy said. Hes a clutch player. He finds a way to become a better player with the game on the line.

He did it all through the World Series. The 34-year old had an impressive statistical line: Renteria was 7-for-17 with six runs, six runs batted in and three home runs.

He saved the best for last. With Cody Ross and Uribe on base and two outs, Renteria sent a 2-0 pitch over the left-center fence. He gave the Giants a 3-0 lead. Tim Lincecum and Brian Wilson closed out the game and the Giants were World Series champions.

Tonight the Giants will break out the jewelry. And the memories. And, quite possibly, the hankies.

'Undisciplined' Kings regressing at halfway point of 2016-17 season

'Undisciplined' Kings regressing at halfway point of 2016-17 season

SACRAMENTO -- Undisciplined. It’s a word that we haven’t heard much, but it is one of the better ways of describing the 2016-17 Sacramento Kings 40 games into the season.

“We’re not a good team right now - plain and simple,” veteran Matt Barnes said following another loss on Sunday night. “We have what it takes, but we’re undisciplined, we’re not consistent and we lose our focus too much.”

Turnovers, technical fouls, inconsistent offensive and defensive sets - this has become the Kings’ bread and butter. And it’s come to a head during the team’s 1-5 homestand, especially on the Kings’ 122-118 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

“Tonight, turnovers killed,” DeMarcus Cousins said. “We didn’t execute well. I don’t think we were that great defensively.”

Cousins’ six turnovers was a team-high, but he had plenty of help. Only Garrett Temple failed to give the ball up on the night, leaving nine other players to share in the 22 total miscues for Sacramento.

“We just don’t pay attention to detail and it always comes back and bites us in the ass at the end of games,” Barnes said.

Despite all of the messy play, Sacramento still had a chance. The Kings had an outside shot to erase an enormous deficit and come back and beat OKC. But that has become their modus operandi.

During their six-game homestand, they have trailed by 14 or more points in every contest. On Sunday against the Thunder, they fell behind by 17 and still were able to cut the lead to just three with 26.5 seconds remaining. In a game that often comes down to a few opportunities that go one way or the other, the Kings are more often the team that makes the crucial error.

“It’s a few plays here and there that we think don’t matter early in the game and we end up losing a four point game,” Barnes said. “We’re a hell of a team in the last three minutes of a game. We make it exciting, but most of the time, by that time, it’s too late.”

Kosta Koufos picked up a tech in the second quarter. Barnes picked one up during a crucial moment in the fourth. Cousins had one as well, giving him 11 on the season, but it was the double-tech variety with Russell Westbrook, so it had no impact on the score.

“We complain too much to the refs, you know what I mean,” Barnes said. “We’ve got to worry about the other team. I think we worry about the refs too much.”

Those two points came back to play a major role in a close ball game and they carried no favor with the officiating crew either. It’s possible that the game would have had the same outcome, but it’s difficult to say for sure.

“Stop talking to the officials and let it go,” Temple said. “They’re going to call what they call; I’ve never seen a call changed because a person is talking to the official. It is what it is.”

There is no benefit of the doubt for a team like Sacramento. They have a reputation with the officials that they live up to on most nights. They are in the refs ear from start to finish. When technical fouls are called, it isn’t a surprise to anyone in the building.

“They’re human beings just like us, so if you constantly berate them about calls, that’s not going to help you,” Temple added. “So we’ve just got to leave them alone, try to control what we can control.”

At some point, the Kings need to learn from their mistakes. But at the halfway point of the season, they appear to be regressing. Frustrations are mounting as their playoff hopes once again dim in the month of January.

With the loss, Sacramento fell to 16-24 on the season. They have one game left at Golden One Center on Wednesday against the Indiana Pacers before embarking on a brutal eight game road trip.

Report: Chip Kelly interviews for Jags' OC job


Report: Chip Kelly interviews for Jags' OC job

Former 49ers coach Chip Kelly, who was fired hours after the club’s 2-14 season, is reportedly interviewing Monday to become the Jacksonville Jaguars’ offensive coordinator.

Kelly is interviewing with Jaguars new head coach Doug Marrone, reports radio station 1010 XL in Jacksonville.

Kelly told recently he would take his time to determine his next career move. Kelly interviewed for the Jaguars’ head-coaching job, ESPN reported over the weekend.

“I’m not going to close the door on any opportunity, but I have to be very smart in what I do next,” Kelly said two days after his firing. “I don’t have to take anything, but I wouldn’t rule anything out. I need to make sure that I’m in the right situation.

“I don’t know what the future holds. I’ll do my due diligence. I’m not going to coach just to coach.”

The 49ers fired Kelly with three years, $18 million remaining in his contract. The 49ers hired Kelly just two weeks after the Philadelphia Eagles fired him. Kelly went 26-21 with the Eagles after leaving his successful program with the Oregon Ducks after the 2012 season.