5.14: Geoff Blum on Chronicle Live
Bay Area native and Astros infielder Geoff Blum spoke to Randy Hahn before the start of the Giants versus Astros series at AT&T Park.
Jeff -- a veteran of eleven seasons with five teams in the major leagues also as a World Series championship. To his credit he's also a Bay Area native. From Redwood City who went on to play his College Baseball at Celtic. And has enjoyed a very successful. Major League career let's go off to AT&T park we are joined. Why Jeff -- of the Houston Astros first of all Jeff I'm guessing you always enjoy a return to the Bay Area. And when you're hitting the ball away you are right now -- at 322 clip it's probably a little sweeter up. It was as say it's always good get back here but reality got the numbers to back it up to. That always makes a little bit better but. -- no matter what my numbers are I enjoy coming up or San Francisco -- a lot of old friends and family. Just take us back to the start of your baseball journey away back two Redwood City if you will encourage you to start playing back then. -- off my dad was you know that semi pro ball player what do Reno -- really get a break and whatnot and -- some of the blame falls on my shoulder for being born and that's the you know he he always love the game that it was always on the TV was always on the radio we always talked about that and you know being in California we're lucky to have you know but what four teams in the in California. To watch or we always had a team to watch and it was always the Dodgers Giants real reason they're always big in my mind grown up. But that he was a huge influence and just had a good time play in the game and had -- as -- progressed it got better I didn't realized. You know somebody is gonna give me a scholarship to go to school -- triggered -- on and after that somebody offered me money to play ball -- if this worked up pretty good. Worry a Giants fan back then as a boy did you get a chance to go to candlestick much. Thumb didn't get a chance while the candlestick too much it to my family eventually moved out of the LA area and got to go to a bunch of violate. -- games down in Chavez ravine and and so -- -- but I was kind of torn between the the San Diego Padres and the Giants showed -- mean they're generally bite too much on the dodger. I don't know at dodger apple. I'm I'm guessing when you were about ten years older and my crew -- was opening day pitcher Johnny a master was a fan favorite Jack Clark was there chili Davis. We're paying attention to any of those players at that time -- who were the players you emulated. How was big fan of Jack Clark and it's kind of funny you bring that up because. Early on in my career I got traded over here to Houston and when these guys had a bad than it was called them to 53 in this thing. It was barely bigger than a fungal as far as Iraq and I picked it up and fell in love with fitness and later found out that that was actually the same model that Jack Clark swung so. Knowing that I was swinging the same back that Jack Clark was back in the day you know I took a took a lot of thought. A pride in the fact that it off somehow ran into the same all he was used in the on took a lot of pride and swing in the same -- he did you have any hits at Korea. Its first first when I took with it was a home run to right field off of thought Jason Marquis I believe. Perfect -- Jeff you you've played your college ball at cal. Why ask you how much did that program there and the coaches at that time have to do with what has turned out to be a pretty nice long Major League career for you. -- a whole lot to -- Bob Malone whose head coach when I was there come elder Allen gear was -- recruit me when I went there. But you know I owe everything to bomb -- he it took me out of my under his wing in. You know show me how to play the game on and off the field you know that a -- -- -- crazy as we all know. But he did a great job keep me focused in school I was you know day my failures down LA in this through my first opportunity -- house and see you what life was like a mild. But you know there was a breaker -- guys -- you know. -- there was a guy play -- with Chris Kluwe Penske Matt Luke. You know what -- -- these guys I mean there were such a huge influence there on those guys. Get me through to this point but I think a lot of the game that I played today was instilled through Bob Malone stayed pretty dirty. You know maybe I don't have them the most -- on the role but he taught me how to play the game right. And you know incursion into the left handed who was from Bob Malone alone be in the big leagues all I think right now. My freshman year I was scuffle and didn't know switch hitting for the first time and I told my I didn't wanna do anymore. He pulled me off the side and so the by -- was going to be gonna -- -- switch hits so needless to say switch it worked out pretty good and he is easily the genius behind us some of the magic now. Jeff one of the big highlights for you -- have been hitting off that are hitting that walk off home run fourteenth inning game three the World Series in 2005 that ended the longest World Series game ever. What was going through your mind that night is surrounded the basis. Bully or not I wanna make eye contact with anybody on the on the east national squad it was on the field at the time off. You know the couple years previous say play within an 0203 so I knew Bagwell Biggio Adam Everett Morgan Ensberg and obviously proud -- -- -- on the play but. You know hit that thing and you know first of all the disbelief yup actually hitting a homer in the in the in the World Series to win a ballgame and then you know try. Try not to that you know get too excited wrote in their face a little bit because I was -- completely ecstatic that that it that it happened but it was awkward doing it against a bunch of guys that I try to do. Achieve the same goal with you know 23 years before that puts. I really do not remember touch the bases and -- you don't -- of one of those of life flash before your eyes type moments were you.