SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Bruce Bochy sat in his darkened office, his pensivecountenance illuminated by the sudden flash of a match. The end of his cigar glowedorange as he inhaledOK, enough purple prose. I was describing the introductory sceneto The Franchise, which got past the corny bits and delved into quite a fewinteresting vignettes about a team trying to defend its World Series title.The Showtime documentary cameras moved on to South Florida. Theyre probablyfollowing Ozzie Guillen around Bed Bath and Beyond right now. Bochy can lighthis cigars with the office fluorescents less dramatically switched on.And the Giants are better off for it.
Its something we talked about, said Bochy, who met withthe players for 20 minutes before they took the field for the first full-squadworkout of the spring. We had our distractions last year. They earned that.That goes with winning the World Series. I think we can do a better job withpregame preparation. That was a subject that we covered today.The rest of the meeting was mostly introductions for the new guys. But Bochyalso challenged the team to be better in all phases. Ready to run through a brickwall. All that stuff.We talked about things we wanted to accomplish, he said. Wevegot to get better. You look at last season, and I thought about it quite a bit Sure, you look at the offense, but there were other facets of the game wevegot to get better at. Weve got to get away from being too one-dimensional.--As mentioned earlier, Buster Posey worked with the firstbasemen during infield drills. They spent most of the time practicing pickoffplays. But Bochy reiterated that Posey wouldnt go through intensiveinstruction at the position.He may stand there for a fundamental (drill) when he has awindow, Bochy said. I want his focus to be on catching. He seems prettycomfortable over there (at first base). We do need to make sure he stayscomfortable.--Brian Wilson (right elbow) played long toss one day afterthrowing hard in a bullpen session, and told trainers that he was feeling noill effects.Wilson wont be among the pitchers facing hitters when livebatting practice begins on Sunday, though. Thats always a fun exercise.Nothing like Timmy vs. Pablo to make everyone stop and watch.--Aubrey Huff didnt need to be humbled last season to honehis self-deprecating humor. Thats always part of his game.He clanked a ground ball in infield drills and exclaimed,First one, had to be me. It couldnt be one of the young guys?Huff also added silly string to his daily torments for thefriendly neighborhood beat reporters. I hope those cans run out fast.--Jeremy Affeldt on Twitter, after a goalie for the OttawaSenators cut his hand while preparing a meal: Been there!