Melancon offers tickets for home opener to kid who wrote letter to Evans

Melancon offers tickets for home opener to kid who wrote letter to Evans

On Dec. 9, the day the Giants introduced Mark Melancon to the San Francisco media, the team tweeted out a letter from a young fan encouraging GM Bobby Evans to sign the free agent closer.

"Bobby it would be so cool if the Giants got Mark Melancon. I really really want you to go out and get him very very soon. Melancon really really needs to come to the Giants. Please offer him a big contract!!! Bobby, Please go out and get him now! Melancon needs to come to the Giants this offseason," the anonymous youngster wrote.

Nearly a month later, Melancon made an offer to the author of the letter: tickets to the Giants' home opener on Monday, April 10, 2017.

Melancon made the offer in an article posted on The Players Tribune on Tuesday.

I know the people of San Francisco care deeply about their Giants. And if there was any doubt in my mind about it, that letter a little boy sent to GM Bobby Evans telling him that “Melancon really really needs to come to the Giants,” and asking Bobby to “please go out and get him now!” sealed the deal.

That’s one of the cooler things that has happened in my career.

And now that Bobby did go out and get me, I’m looking forward to big things in the Bay Area.

I’m already counting down the days until spring training. This is going to be so much fun.

Oh, and to the little boy who wrote that letter: If you’re reading this, just know that you’ll be hearing from me soon.

I have some tickets for the home opener with your name on them.

Giants hammer three homers in third straight spring training win

Giants hammer three homers in third straight spring training win

BOX SCORE

At Goodyear, Arizona, Joe Panik, Conor Gillaspie and Jarrett Parker homered for San Francisco. Jimmy Rollins singled and scored twice.

Giants lefty Matt Moore went 1 1/3 innings in his first start of the spring, allowing one run and one hit. He walked two and struck out three.

Cincinnati starter Tim Adleman pitched two innings, giving up four hits and two runs.

Giants spring training Day 14: Moore, Beede debut as SF improves to 3-0

Giants spring training Day 14: Moore, Beede debut as SF improves to 3-0

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — An hour after he gave up a run, walked two, and struck out three in 1 1/3 innings, Matt Moore stood in front of his locker and smiled.

“I usually stink in spring training,” he said. 

That’s not entirely true. By spring training standards, Moore’s 4.06 ERA over 19 exhibition appearances is practically Cy Young-worthy. But the Giants have come to find that Moore, acquired at the deadline last summer, has high standards. He lived up to them the last time he took the mound in orange and black, throwing eight brilliant innings in the final game of the 2016 season. 

Moore had a long offseason to think about the way the postseason ended. He said he doesn’t have regrets. 

“The ball doesn’t go your way, but there’s nothing about what happened that night that I second-guess,” he said. “We all showed up. Boch managed the game, we played the game … that’s the way it goes sometimes.”

The Giants are counting on Moore to help them get back to October. To recover from last year’s lengthy run — his first full season back from Tommy John — Moore pushed the start of his offseason throwing program back a month. Sunday’s outing was just the second time facing hitters this spring because rain messed with some of the coaching staff’s workout plans, but Moore said he feels strong. 

“We got him where we wanted,” manager Bruce Bochy said. “He looked good.”

GAME RECAP: The ball was flying at Goodyear Ballpark Way Out In The Middle Of Nowhere and the Giants took full advantage. Conor Gillaspie, Joe Panik and Jarrett Parker homered in a 9-5 win over the Reds. The Giants are 3-0 in Cactus League play … Tyler Beede struck out one in two scoreless innings. Beede gave up two hits, but he finished his 2017 debut by getting a double-play ball … Jimmy Rollins scored twice while leading off … Albert Suarez made his debut, pitching 1 2/3 scoreless innings … Cincinnati’s pitching was mostly brutal, but former Giants prospects Luis Castillo and Keury Mella finished off the day with three scoreless innings. 

POSITION BATTLE: Parker had two hits and walked twice. His homer was a laser shot. “He smoked that one,” Bochy said. “I didn’t think it was going out, but he scalded it. It shows the kind of power he has.”

Mac Williamson had two hits, a walk, and two runs. He made a slick sliding catch for an out near the left field wall. The left field candidates are off to a good start. 

QUOTABLE: “It’s great. There are a lot more places to eat.” — Moore, on his first spring in Arizona. Moore is from New Mexico, so he’s happy with the switch from having camp in Florida.