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 42: Blach still in the fifth starter mix

Giants spring training Day 42: Blach still in the fifth starter mix

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Ty Blach is the young one in the race to be the fifth starter, but on Sunday he sounded like a veteran. Asked if he has gotten a hint one way or the other about his opening day role, Blach smiled.

“I’m just taking it day-by-day and trying to get better,” Blach said. “I’m enjoying the process and having fun.”

Smooth. 

Those days are adding up to a nice spring for Blach, the left-hander trying to unseat Matt Cain. While Bruce Bochy didn’t shed any additional light on the current lean, team officials hinted Sunday that this is not as open-and-shut as it seems. Matt Cain, who will start Tuesday, looked like a lock to be the fifth starter a week ago, but the Giants are considering all options because they have an off day during the first week and two more shortly thereafter. 

“We’ve had discussions every day,” Bochy said. “We’ve got some tough calls.”

The Giants are expected to announce their official rotation when they return home for the Bay Bridge Series. Whether he’s starting, long-relieving, or pitching in a completely new role, Blach has certainly done all he can to make sure he’s in the big leagues on April 2. He gave up two runs over six innings Sunday, walking one and striking out one while giving up seven hits. Blach has allowed 10 runs in 20 1/3 innings this spring, but four of those came when he was ambushed coming out of the bullpen one day.

“Wherever I’ll be, I know I’ll be in a good spot,” Blach said. “I’m just looking forward to getting the season rolling.

After pitching out of the bullpen most of the spring, Blach got his pitch count up to 85 on Sunday. 

“We’ve gotten him stretched out,” Bochy said. “That’s a solid, solid job. We’ve got guys stretched out where you want them. We’ve got some flexibility. We’ll see as we get close here which way we’ll go.”

POSITION BATTLES: The Giants will carry a backup for Denard Span, and for about a month it looked like Gorkys Hernandez would be that guy. But Hernandez has slumped so badly this spring that he went over the minor league facility Sunday to get a ton of extra at-bats, and Justin Ruggiano has emerged, reaching base in nine of his last 16 plate appearances. The plan a few days back was for Ruggiano to go to Sacramento and get 50 or so at-bats to see where he’s at, but this is another race that could change in the coming week. 

Cory Gearrin has done his part to hold off any charging relievers, throwing two sharp innings while going back-to-back for the first time this spring. 

FAMILIAR FACES: A rough day for a couple of longtime Giants. Ehire Adrianza and Gregor Blanco both have oblique injuries, hurting their odds of breaking with the Twins and Diamondbacks, respectively. Elsewhere, David Hernandez showed that he made a smart decision asking for his release. He was signed by the Braves. 

AROUND CAMP: Hunter Pence really does do all he can to make every single teammate feel welcome in the clubhouse. He spent some time with young right-hander Roberto Gomez on Sunday morning, learning a few Spanish phrases. When the players went out to warm up, Pence threw with Jae-Gyun Hwang. These are small gestures, but for the new guys, they matter. 

BARRY’S BACK: We all knew Barry Bonds would step into the cage at some point, and on a quiet Sunday morning, there he was. Bonds, 52, took about five or six easy hacks before crushing one out to deep right. He’s still got it. The other day, reporters asked Bonds if he could suit up in the WBC if asked. He said he can absolutely still hit, but he would need to DH and he would need a day or two off before games. Being a big league hitter is not easy, even if he always made it look that way.

 

Bonds dusts off swing, cracks home run during BP in Giants' camp

Bonds dusts off swing, cracks home run during BP in Giants' camp

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The Giants knew Barry Bonds would step back into the box at some point. It happened Sunday, with Bonds taking a few cracks at BP pitches from Gary Davenport.

Bonds warmed up with a couple of lighter swings and then blasted a homer to deep right. That was enough, as the 52-year-old walked away with a big smile on his face. 

Bonds is in camp as a special instructor, and he still picks his spots to show off his legendary swing. When he was the Marlins' hitting coach last season, he beat slugger Giancarlo Stanton in an impromptu home run derby.