Media Day blog: Giants return to AT&T Park


Media Day blog: Giants return to AT&T Park

UPDATED: 1:28 p.m.Geoff James

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants' media room is almost empty, except for a few of the Latin American media representatives talking-- in espanol-- with Pablo Sandoval.

And although the Panda is wearing loose clothing, you can really see his weight loss -- particularly in his face.

1:14 -- Sandoval working with Barry Bonds
Here comes the Panda. Lots of interest in the media room now, and the anticipation was worth it. Pablo Sandoval revealed that he has been working with former Giants slugger Barry Bonds.

Reporter: "Does this mean you've lost weight?"

Sandoval: "Yeah. A lot. But you have to keep working at it."

Truth is, he looks a lot slimmer. He also said he didn't pick up a bat for two months.

Sandoval said he feels "very fresh right now."

"I've lost a lot of weight," Sandoval said.

"I've been working a lot with Barry," Sandoval said.

Press responds: "Bonds?"

Sandoval: "Yes."

Apparently they have the same trainer.

Sandoval on the mandate from the Giants to get in shape: "I say thank you to the Giants ... they made me grow up."

Sandoval declined to say how much he weighs.

"You can find out February 19th when they have the scale," he said.

He also talked about working out so hard in Arizona, that he "threw up -- many times."

CSN Senior Insider Ray Ratto: "Can you throw up on cue?" (laughter)

Sandoval said he's been working with former Olympic athlete Dan O'Brien.

12:49 -- Avoiding the World Series hangover
Bruce Bochy has some experience on what follows a trip to the World Series, having done so with the Padres. He summed it up in his typically succinct style on Friday.

"It's different being the hunted," Bochy said

12:44 -- Speaking of Showtime
Giants owner Bill Neukom on the upcoming "Showtime" series: MLB films is involved, it will be "very high quality"...."This will be content that will be carefully created they (the Showtime crew) will abide by the rules that the rest of the press abides by ... this will not be anything that will distract to winning the NL West."

12:36 -- Sabean singles out Dusty Baker
Brian Sabean was his usual tell-it-like-it-is mode after the press conference to announce extensions for him and manager Bruce Bochy.

"As much hell as you go through, you have a lot of fun in this business," Sabean said.

He also saluted former manager Dusty Baker: "Dusty kicked this thing off ..."

12:29 -- In praise of Bochy and Sabean
The media horde has moved down to the press room to watch as Giants owner Bill Neukom announces contract extensions through 2012 for manager Bruce Bochy and GM Brian Sabean.

Neukom on Sabean: "A career of accomplishment...the sun never sets on Brian's group."

Sabean on the Giants: "It's a great place in time. Everyone's on the same page."

Sabean says he appreciates the trust Neukom has given him and it puts the Giants in a good place to try and win another trophy.

Neukom on Bochy: "Bruce solved the Rubik's Cube" last season.

Bochy on the 2010 season: "This has been the greatest year in my life in baseball."

12:10 p.m. -- Lincecum looks back
Two-time Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum sits in Suite No. 39, hunched forward, speaking with that maddeningly even and calm demeanor that doesn't tell you much of anything.

All of the Giants pitchers, in fact, are the same way. Eerily calm. Lincecum's eyes did light up a bit when he talked about Bruce Bochy and Brian Sabean's intense speeches to the pitchers last August after the group fell on some hard times.

"They lit a fire under us." Lincecum said.

The rest, as they say... is history.

11:47 a.m. -- Cain praises Posey
Pitcher Matt Cain spoke to reporters in Suite 38. He spoke about Buster Posey, and the effect the young backstop had on the Giants pitching staff after Bengie Molina was traded.

Cain said it took him just an "inning or two" with Posey following Molina departure for the staff to feel comfortable with the rookie catcher.

11:34 a.m. -- Ross is boss
Ross is boss. Cody, that is. KCBS morning sports reporter Steve Bitker was loitering outside Suite 41, but nobody was inside.

I asked. "Who's in here?"

His answer: "Cody Ross' suite... And I don't want to leave 'cause I know it will be packed soon."

He was right, it got packed fast. Mercury News columnist Tim Kawakami asked Ross,"Is this team set up to do it one, two, three more years?"

Ross' reply: "I think it is."

SOUND OFF: "The title defense officially starts now" -- REnteen

I think everyone in the room got a chill.

11:17 a.m. -- Buster plays it cool
We are under way here at AT&T Park for Giants media day.

Players are scattered about the Suite Level along the third-base line, and the media is out in force, but Suite No. 40 is the most crowded.


It's the Buster Posey suite. Everybody wants a piece of San Francisco's Rookie of the Year, but Posey remains as calm as ever, giving his "we still just need to take it game by game" speech that we heard down the stretch last season.

Geoff James is a Web producer for and and the author of the blog "Word on the Street."

Warriors rookie McCaw starts vs Nets with Durant ruled out

Warriors rookie McCaw starts vs Nets with Durant ruled out

OAKLAND -- With Kevin Durant out of the Warriors lineup Saturday night with swelling in his left pinky finger, rookie wing Pat McCaw will start at forward against Brooklyn at Oracle Arena.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr made the announcement two hours before tipoff.

As for Durant, the contusion in his left pinky finger, sustained Thursday, is still in the healing process.

“Kevin’s hand is still a little swollen,” Kerr said. “It’s not anything we want to mess around with. We’ve got a long trip coming up, a lot of games. It made sense to give him the night off. We’ll have tomorrow off, flying in to Philadelphia. So hopefully the next couple days it’ll calm down and be fine. It’s kind of a day-to-day thing.”

The decision to start McCaw -- who often competes with Ian Clark for playing time -- was based mostly on how he matches up against the Nets.

“They both have my trust and my confidence,” Kerr said. “Both of them are very effective. It’s depending what we need. If we need ball movement and cutting, I’m more likely to go to Ian. He’s a great back-cutter and he gives our offense flow and he’ll make spot-up shots. If we need some size defensively, we’ll go to Patrick. They’ve both been effective. I wouldn’t say either one is ahead of the other. They’re both going to play.”

New acquisitions shine as Quakes end preseason with win over USL's Republic

New acquisitions shine as Quakes end preseason with win over USL's Republic

The San Jose Earthquakes concluded their 2017 preseason campaign with a 4-1 win against Sacramento Republic FC at Avaya Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Shea Salinas, Simon Dawkins, Jahmir Hyka and Danny Hoesen each scored for the Earthquakes in the victory to give San Jose a 6-1-2 record in preseason play.

In the 14th minute, Salinas gave the Earthquakes a 1-0 advantage when he one-timed Tommy Thompson's cross into the back of the net. In the buildup to the goal, Nick Lima threw the ball in and found fellow Homegrown player Thompson on the right side of the six-yard box. With one touch, Thompson crossed the ball to Salinas who made no mistake with his finish.

Republic FC equalized the match in the 54th minute with a penalty from Sammy Ochoa after Anibal Godoy was called for a handball in the box.

The Earthquakes regained the lead in the 66th minute when Dawkins sent a powerful low shot into the bottom left corner of Sacramento's goal from the top of the 18-yard box after receiving a through pass from Darwin Ceren.

After entering the match at halftime, Hyka made the game 3-1 in the 79th minute, finishing Godoy's cross with one touch.

Hoesen concluded the scoring for the Quakes in first minute of stoppage time after he dribbled past the Sacramento defense and sent the ball across the goal into the bottom right corner to make the final score 4-1.

"It was good," said Quakes defender and second-ever Homegrown signing Nick Lima, who started Saturday. "It was obviously our first time in the preseason in the stadium. It was good to get out there with our starters and I think we finished the way we wanted to. There's obviously a lot of improvement that we need to do, but now we have a week just to focus on Montreal. That was the ultimate goal from the beginning of preseason to get ready for that game and I think we took a step in the right direction."

The Earthquakes will start the 2017 MLS Regular Season next Saturday, March 4, at 6:45 p.m. against the Montreal Impact.

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