Theriot's ring ceremony memories


Theriot's ring ceremony memories

Programming note: Giants 2012 Opening Day coverage begins today at 12 p.m. with Giants Pregame Live, then Kruck and Kuip are behind the mic to call the Pirates vs. Giants at 1:30 p.m., only on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area!

DENVER Remember last years home opener at AT&T Park?Remember Brian Wilson running across the outfield to string up the first World Series banner in San Francisco Giants history? Remember the following night, when the players received elation in little blue Tiffany boxes?It was electrifying, spine-tingling, emotional, euphoric.It was pretty miserable, Ryan Theriot said.Remember, there were two major league teams standing on the baselines for all the pomp and pageantry. The St. Louis Cardinals were the visitors. And they had to be very, very good sports about the whole thing.During one of the pregame programs, the Cardinals actually stood on the line for 42 minutes and that included the entirety of a song performed live by the mainstream pablum-rock group Train.Theriot was the Cardinals shortstop. And while he enjoyed watching the players get their World Series bling, one thought kept ringing in his head: Is this ever going to end?Its kind of funny how things played out, he said.At the end of the 2011 season, it was Theriots Cardinals who emerged as the surprise playoff entrants. The Cardinals crept like cockroaches through three playoff rounds. And now hell get his first World Series ring when the Cards visit in May.It might be a good omen, he said. It was cool to be there last year for their opener, especially when they got their rings and the looks on their faces. They hadnt seen it yet. They all were surprised by it.Most especially, Theriot kept an eye out for Mike Fontenots reaction. The two were teammates at LSU and with the Chicago Cubs, and remain good friends.Oh, he sent me a text message later that day, Theriot said.A message, or a picture?What do you think? he said.The Giants released Fontenot toward the end of spring training and he still hasnt caught on with another club. Theriot said he hasnt heard anything new, but he finds it hard to believe that his friend wont get another big league opportunity somewhere.Well see him around, Theriot said.For now, Theriot is looking forward to standing on the third base line at AT&T Park just as long as its not for 42 minutes.Oh, Im very excited, the veteran second baseman said. Its just a great place to play. Great fans, great tradition. Ive been lucky throughout my career to play in places like that. Its as intense, if not more, than the last place I played. As a player, you do feed off that stuff. I really hope our fans know that.

Santiago Casilla says he never received offer from Giants

Santiago Casilla says he never received offer from Giants

SAN FRANCISCO — Over the final month of his time with the Giants, it became clear that Santiago Casilla and the team would part ways. On Friday, Casilla confirmed that he never had the opportunity to return. 

On a conference call to announce a two-year deal with the Oakland A’s, Casilla said he “would have been happy to return to the Giants, but I never got an offer from them. I understood.”

Casilla said he had several opportunities to go elsewhere and close, mentioning the Milwaukee Brewers as one interested team. Casilla signed a two-year, $11 million deal with the A’s, who likely won’t need him to pitch in the ninth. The Brewers went on to bring in Neftali Feliz for one year and $5.35 million; he is expected to close. 

“I preferred to return to the Athletics because that’s where my career started,” Casilla said through interpreter Manolo Hernández Douen. “And I’m very excited.”

Casilla spent the first six years of his career with the A’s before crossing the bridge and becoming a key figure in three title runs. In seven seasons in San Francisco, he posted a 2.42 ERA and saved 123 games. Casilla had a 0.92 ERA in the postseason, but he was stripped of a prominent role in the weeks leading up to the 2016 playoffs. 

Casilla, 36, blew nine saves before being pulled from the ninth inning. He appeared just three times in the final 14 regular season games and just once in the playoffs. He did not take the mound in Game 4 of the NLDS, watching as five other relievers teamed up to give back a three-run lead. 

That moment stung Casilla, and it affected Bruce Bochy, too. The Giants struck quickly in December to bring Mark Melancon in as their new closer, but at the Winter Meetings, Bochy said he would welcome Casilla back in a setup role. 

“He’s a great team player (and) teammate,” Bochy said. “(I) certainly wouldn’t rule it out because he still has great stuff. And he had some hiccups there in that closing role, but I would take him anytime.”

As it turned out, that opportunity was never there for Casilla. The Giants didn’t make another move after the big deal with Melancon, and they’ll rely on younger arms to record most of the outs in the seventh and eighth. Casilla said he’s not bitter about the way it all ended. 

“I have left that in the past,” he said. “It’s a new year, it’s a new year. I have left this in the past.” 

Authorities: Two Dodgers security guards arrested, accused of theft


Authorities: Two Dodgers security guards arrested, accused of theft

LOS ANGELES -- Prosecutors say two security guards at Los Angeles' Dodger Stadium have been arrested and are accused of stealing equipment, baseballs and jerseys from the major league team to sell online.

The Los Angeles County district attorney's office says Juan DeDios Prada and Fernando Sierra pleaded not guilty to burglary and other charges Thursday.

Prosecutors say the two security guards conspired with a third man, Jesse Luis Dagnesses, to steal baseball uniforms and other team merchandise to sell online.

They say Prada and Sierra stole more than $3,400 from a locked equipment room at the stadium between January 2013 and February 2016.

Authorities say Dagnesses is accused of receiving $950 in stolen baseballs and jerseys.

It wasn't immediately clear if the men had attorneys who could comment on the allegations.