Amy G's Diamond Girls: Gyselle Meulens

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Amy G's Diamond Girls: Gyselle Meulens

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Amy: Thanks so much for logging on to CSNBayArea.com. We've got another webisode of "Diamond Girls" and joining us is Gyselle Meulens, wife of Bam Bam, but now we need to say Sir Bam Bam. We just finished an incredible on-field ceremony. I have never witness anybody being officially knighted so that was super exciting for me. I can only imagine what that was like for you to watch that happen.

Gyselle: Wow. It was a first for us too.

A: No one's been knighted in your family? Ok.

G: Not-not that I know of. It's so special for him and of course for the family to have now a sir in the family. Incredible.

A: Show us the medal.

G: So this is what he got today.

A: Oh, it's gorgeous.

G: This is gorgeous. And he got it from the Queen of the Netherlands, which is Queen Beatrix.
A: Mhmm. Now, how much is he going to use this, Gyselle? That he's a sir, you have to call me Sir, 'cause I know you don't have to call him Sir.

G: Well, I was thinking to call him Sir because if I call him Sir he has to call me Lady.

A: Oh, there you go. Very nice. That's a good trade-off.

G: Yeah so I talked to him. I'm going to call him Sir everyday so he can call me a lady everyday.

A: There you go. All right. Well even if you don't call him Sir, you just tell him that he should call you a lady. Now listen, you and Bam Bam have two gorgeous children. I see you here at the park and then I find out today that you actually are working for an investment firm back in Curacao.

G: Curacao.

A: So you're one busy mama.

G: Yes, I work. Everyday when I'm in Curacao I go to the office. I leave the kids with my parents because they live in Curacao. Two days a week they go to Hensley's mom but Eli is now going to school so I wake up, go to work like any other parent doing, and um...In that whole life there is also traveling. For work and traveling for to be here with Hensley.
A: How long is the trip from San Francisco to Curacao?
G: It will take you about 12 hours to go back and forth because you have to fly into Miami and that's six hours, and then from Miami to Curacao is three hours, so...

A: So, when Hensley came on to the scene here with the Giants the big story was that he spoke five languages, of course. And I hear you speak several yourself. What do you speak?
G: I speak Dutch, English, Spanish and Papiamento, which is the-

A: Papiamento. I love the name.
G: One of the other languages from the islands.
A: One of my favorites to hear. I just love saying Papiamento. Now, what do you and Hensley use when you speak to each other?

G: Well, you know, it's funny because we use Papiamento to speak to each other because that's the language which we've known each other, and when I met him he said to me, "I can speak Japanese." And I was like, "Yeah, yeah. Right." No, he said, no really, I can speak Japanese. I said, "Yeah," of course so he tried it on me and I was like, "Ok." I didn't know what this means but whatever. So there was like the next year, we went to Japan for three weeks, and actually when we got to the airport he started speaking to the people and they really understood him, and I was like, "So this is true. You can speak Japanese."

A: So that was impressive.
G: Yes. So that was very much impressive. And when I want to like upgrade my Spanish, I talk to him.

A: Ok. So you switch it out whenever you need to work on something.

G: He's my Spanish teacher.
A: He's the Spanish teacher for a lot of us around here. Yeah, I'm always checking my Spanish with him. "Did I say that right?" And lastly for you: You know, Hensley's a- As you know. I'm not telling you that you don't know - he's in a tough spot, being the hitting instructor, and the Giants have not always had great offense in the years he's been here and the years he has not been here. So a lot of times undue criticism falls on the hitting instructor. They're the fall guy. How do you handle that at home? What's your role?

G: Well, Hensley is the kind of guy that, he knows that the criticism comes to him and he knows that he has to handle it, and he handles it. I don't know how but he handles it very, very well I should say, because when he comes home he just wants to talk to me. He's rarely about go have a drink or whatever. He just wants to talk to me about whatever happened that night on the field, and that's it. He's very - He's a very calm guy. He can take a lot of, a lot of stress. He can take a lot of criticism. So they can shoot some more.

A: Keep it coming.

G: Yeah, he's - he's - he's a guy that...I mean, I do a lot but he, the way he can handle stress, that's perfect. He can do four or five things at the same time so yeah.
A: Do you ever call him Bam Bam?
G: No.

Giants spring training Day 6: Bochy looks for improvement on bases

Giants spring training Day 6: Bochy looks for improvement on bases

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — The Giants always put together a long list of potential minor league free agents as the offseason approaches and they tend to go hard after two or three players from that group. One of the guys who got the hard sell over the winter was speedy outfielder Wynton Bernard, and the Giants were attractive for reasons beyond the departures of Angel Pagan and Gregor Blanco.

“I thought it was a good opportunity, and it also was a good fit for me because I’m from California,” Bernard said. 

Bernard is technically from Padres territory, but that gives him a connection to one of the men he’s hoping to impress. When Bernard was playing for Rancho Bernardo High, he often went up against a Poway High team that included a young Brett Bochy. Bruce never saw Bernard play because his job kept him away from most of Brett’s games, but he should see plenty of the 26-year-old this spring as the Giants look for a needed speed dimension. 

A big part of the staff overhaul was about making sure the Giants fare better on the bases. Roberto Kelly and Billy Hayes are out and Phil Nevin and Jose Alguacil are in. The Giants stole 79 bases last season, ranking eighth in the National League, and it’s not like they made up for the lack of small-ball by hitting the ball out of the park. Advanced metrics — tracked externally and also by the Giants — showed an inability to make an impact on the bases. According to BsR, an all-encompassing metric tracked by FanGraphs, the Giants were below average, ranking 17th in the majors. 

“We just want to be smarter baserunners,” Bochy said. “You always want to be aggressive. Everyone has the same philosophy — run hard — but it’s the old adage ‘strong to compete, smart to win.’”

A full season of Eduardo Nuñez will help, as would 162 games of Hunter Pence — who tends to make things happen on his own — and Joe Panik, one of the team’s smartest runners. Jimmy Rollins could provide speed off the bench, and Bernard hopes to make himself a viable option in the outfield. He stole 23 bags in 28 attempts last season for the Tigers’ Double-A and Triple-A teams and he stole 88 total bases the two seasons before 2016. 

The Giants know the kind of potential Bernard has, so early in the offseason he got a call telling him to hook up with fellow San Diego resident Vince Coleman, a legendary baserunner who would be joining the staff. The two worked out often in advance of spring training. 

“The Giants said he was in the area and I called him 20 minutes later,” Bernard said. “I feel like I can add a different dynamic with my speed.”

Bernard can play all three outfield spots and he sports a .360 on-base percentage in the minors. He’s likely ticketed for Triple-A for now, but a player with the same profile showed up in camp in 2012, and it wasn’t long before Gregor Blanco had locked up a roster spot. 

Whether Bernard is part of the mix, or it’s a Gorkys Hernandez or Nuñez or Kelby Tomlinson, Bochy knows he needs a little more athleticism and baserunning savvy in a division where the games are often won by one run. 

“We probably made more mistakes than we should have last year,” he said. “The numbers show it.”

CUETO UPDATE: The co-ace remains in the Dominican Republic, where he is tending to his father. The Giants don’t have a timetable for Cueto’s arrival, but he didn’t miss anything Saturday. The workout was banged because of rain. 

Cueto is at a hotel a few minutes from the club’s Santo Domingo facility and he has been working out there. The hope is that Cueto’s father soon gets well enough to travel to Arizona, where Cueto can continue to take care of him. 

NEW FACE: Slade Heathcott, a former Yankee, signed a minor league deal with the Giants on Friday. He will be in minor league camp this spring, not big league camp. The Giants liked his athleticism. 

QUOTABLE: “You can always look back, study it, learn from it … the second half, I think for everybody, you learn from it. Did we drop our guard? Hopefully it wasn’t complacency, which lets you think you have a bigger margin for error. Hopefully you learn from it.” — Bochy, when asked about the lesson learned last season. 

Report: Giants sign former Yankees top OF prospect Slade Heathcott

Report: Giants sign former Yankees top OF prospect Slade Heathcott

The Giants reportedly added to their outfield competition by signing former Yankees top prospect and 2009 first-round draft pick, outfielder Slade Heathcott. 

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports was first to report the news

Heathcott, 26, has only appeared in 17 MLB games, all in the 2015 season for the Yankees. In his short promotion, the lefty batted .400 (10-for-25) with two home runs and two doubles. 

Through multiple stints in the minors, Heathcott has slashed .266/.343/.390 with 26 home runs for his career. 

San Francisco reportedly signed Heathcott to a minor league deal with a big league invite for spring training.