Giants Diamond Girls: Nicole Vogelsong


Giants Diamond Girls: Nicole Vogelsong

Amy: Thank you for logging on to We have Nicole Vogelsong for a new webisode of Diamond Girls. And you are very, very popular. I read you on Twitter. You have your own fan base besides Ryan's fans and I'm so glad that you had time to do this, thank you.

Nicole: Thank you.

A: Let's just start with some baseball stuff before we get into the, the relationship stuff. This is a really, really good season for Ryan and for you too. And last season was incredible, but you guys dealt with the early onset of "Could he repeat that type of season?" And he's- clearly at this point, we're knocking on wood-

N: Knocking on wood.

A: He's had a really good year. What's that been like for you guys to kind of get the "fluke" word out of your vocabulary and out of your life.

N: It's been huge, I can honestly say. You know, I think we've always believed that he could do it. It was just a matter of doing it, and then last year he did it and he just kept doing it, and I know all off-season, you know, for the Giants to offer him a contract, that was huge. And that was like, that was when we were like, "Ok, you've done it. You know, you can do it." From the second he signed it it was "I gotta prove everyone wrong, that I was good enough to give this deal to."

A: So he knew right away that he was gonna face that.

N: He knew right away that it was gonna be "Can you do it again? You're- It's a fluke, it's never gonna happen." You know last year I think they quoted me saying like "I'm waiting for the other shoe to drop," and I can honestly say, you know, old habits die hard but that one has finally died. When he goes out there I don't worry about it anymore. I'm not worried about him giving up runs. I don't worry when guys- when bases are loaded. In fact I know that's when he's going to turn it up and do it. I worry more about the solo homer that might come off of the random guy who's not doing so well because it's his time, you know. He's due.

A: Right. Everyone has a time.

N: Everyone's due. Everyone gets their you know...minute in the sun there. And I'm just so, so proud. I, I can't- I can't be more proud.

A: Aww!

N: Everyone knows that. Everyone knows how, how great it's been.

A: Now, when I walk by the section where the wives sit and I see you, you are always into the game. Even if Ryan's not pitching, are you a baseball fan?

N: You know, growing up I used to go to games with my dad. I grew up in Pittsburgh and you know back in the day it was Barry Bonds and Jay Bell, and Bobby Bonilla was my favorite. And you know we used to go, and I- I still don't claim to know everything about baseball but back then I didn't know. But I knew that like, you know, you supported your team, and growing up in Pittsburgh we're Steelers, we're Penguins, we're Pirates. And so now I think I'm a Giant and I cheer for everyone. We're surrounded by such great people. I have the best wives around me and Ryan has the best teammates.

A: You guys have a good group.

N: Yeah, we uh- The front office is so great to us. You know, I love watching the games. I love- you know we sat in the outfield a couple of weeks ago, I love-

A: I know!

N: The Melkmen.

A: I didn't give you up.

N: We're going to do it again. We'll be out there.

A: Trying to watch like a real fan, yeah. It's hard.

N: I love the fist pump and I love the hat, and I wear my orange on Fridays, you know, like it's...It's part of being here, you know? Living it up and just appreciating that we're here. You know? We're here.

A: All right, tell us a little bit about life with Ryan. You have a son, an adorable son.

N: The Vogel-child, I call him.

A: The Vogel-child. And, uh, day to day duties. So, you know 'cause when I talk to wives of athletes, their husbands get home and the dishes still need to get done and the trash has to go out and the laundry has to get done.

N: Yeah...

A: All right, how helpful is Ryan around the house when he has time?

N: In all due respect, I let Ryan play baseball and I do everything else. I think you can go ask him that right now-

A: "With all due respect." I love that.

N: You can go ask him right now. I'm pretty sure he's gonna say the same thing.

A: What about off-season?

N: He does help. You know we take turns with Ryder every other day. You know, if we're out late we roshambo for who has to get up that morning. He's really good at it so I lose a lot.

A: That's funny:

N: But yeah, I, you know, he does take the trash out. He's not very handy hanging pictures or stuff like that. He's going to kill me. But no, you know, I know what it takes for him to get ready and for him to do his thing and to be the best he can. I don't "work," but I have that child.

A: Outside of the home.

N: I do, I do-

A: You do work.

N: I do everything I can to make life easy for him.

A: You do work. I see you. You work hard. You're a good momma.

N: I try.

A: All right now, here we go. Ryan said that neither one of you were good cooks, and I'm getting that that's not true. I think you've been working on that.

N: I, you know, God bless Pinterest because, you know, I'm not gonna lie. I probably had a good three things I make that are good. You know, there are other things I make, I'm not saying that they're good.

A: The go-tos.

N: But no, you know, I can make a mean roast and a good tuna noodle casserole and you know those are my stand-bys. Pinterest has me cooking up a storm and I made a huge dinner the other night, so for him to tell you that today, I'm a little upset.

A: Mm-hmm, he did.

N: Because he crushed dinner the other night.

A: I'm not trying to cause, you know, domestic problems, but he did say-

N: No, it's Ok. It's Ok. It'll be a long time before Momma cooks again. No, I'm kidding. I'm just kidding.

A: "Oh, yeah you don't like that?"

N: "You don't like what I cook? Ok I see how you are." No, no.

A: Ok, last one because I know you're a big fan of your husband and he's a big fan of you, but there's always something that bothers us about our spouses. Give us one that he's not going to get too mad that we know.

N: Ok. I feel like this is everyone. Every one of the girls have said the boys will leave their crap everywhere.

A: Yeah, Ali Bumgarner said that, for sure.

N: Yeah. Yeah, you know, at home we each have our own little side of the closet and we had them finished about a year ago and Ryan said to the guy, "I just want doors on my side. I don't want there to be anything open."

A: To cover up my mess.

N: Because he didn't want me to be able to yell at him for not folding or putting away his stuff.

A: Well you know, that's thoughtful because he's realizing-

N: That he needed to cover it up.

A: He's not going to be able to clean up his mess but he doesn't want you to have to see it.

N: Right. So that was very thoughtful.

A: So, but that's...points. Points for Ryan.

Dusty chooses son's graduation over Nationals game against Padres


Dusty chooses son's graduation over Nationals game against Padres

WASHINGTON — Dusty Baker will miss the Washington Nationals weekend series against the San Diego Padres to attend his son Darren’s graduation.

Baker said he will rejoin Washington when it begins a three-game series in San Francisco on Monday, near Baker’s offseason home. Bench coach Chris Speier will assume managerial duties against the Padres.

Baker’s son Darren is graduating from Jesuit High School in Carmichael, California. He’s committed to play college baseball at Cal.

As a 3-year-old bat boy, Darren was rescued from a potential home plate collision by J.T. Snow in Game 5 of the 2002 World Series between Baker’s Giants and the Angels.

Giants notes: 'Disappointing' road trip; Nuñez hopes to return Friday

Giants notes: 'Disappointing' road trip; Nuñez hopes to return Friday

CHICAGO — As they packed up at AT&T Park eight days ago, the Giants talked of taking their momentum on the road. It sounded pie-in-the-sky given the way they had played in April and on the previous trip, but when they took the first two in St. Louis, players started to believe they had finally turned the corner. 

And then came a Sunday loss, and three of four at Wrigley Field. There was no happy flight Thursday. The Giants lost 5-1, again looking flat against a less-than-elite pitcher, and ended up with a 3-4 trip. They’ll finish the first two months of the season without a winning road trip. They're 9-19 away from AT&T Park. 

“It’s disappointing,” manager Bruce Bochy said. “Once you win the first one here, you’re hoping you get greedy and take the series, but we didn’t. That’s disappointing.”

The Giants entered the road trip with a 6.62 starters’ ERA on the road, but pitching wasn’t the issue. Sure there were too many meatballs — most of the 10 Cubs homers in this series came on pitches left right over the fat part of the plate — but the starters did their job. The lineup couldn’t keep up. The Giants had just five hits Thursday and finished the trip with 24 runs in seven games. They started the trip nine games out in the West and finished 11 back of the Rockies, their largest deficit since 2013. 

“You come here and take the first game with our (top) guys throwing after that and you’re hoping for a better result,” Jeff Samardzija said. “We started out good and that St. Louis series puts you in a good spot to salvage the trip. We’ll go home now with six solid games on our home turf and they’re six big games for us.”

The Braves and Nationals come to town. The Giants will see Jaime Garcia on Friday, followed by Mike Foltynewicz and R.A. Dickey. 

--- Samardzija’s run without a walk ended at 154 batters when Ian Happ drew a free pass in the seventh. The streak was the best of Samardzija’s career. 

--- Eduardo Nuñez said he got treatment on a tight hamstring throughout the game and he’ll go in early Friday to continue treatment. He hopes to start Friday. 

--- Christian Arroyo was hitless in three at-bats, dropping his average to .191. Before the game, Bochy talked at length about Arroyo’s recent struggles and the plan with him going forward. 

--- If you missed it earlier, I took a tour of the visiting bullpen here. After going in there, I talked to some more pitchers about what they don’t like. It seems to mostly be the fact that you’re separated from the game. One said some of the relievers who pitched Monday had no idea it was raining because they had been getting loose inside for several innings. Seems like there’s a pretty easy fix here: The Cubs can just turn part of that Under Armour wall into a chain-link fence, or have some sort of window that opens up to the outside but doesn’t interfere with outfielders. Maybe next year …