It’s fun to get the kind of access I’ve been striving for ever since I started writing for my high school newspaper, but there’s a couple ways to look at it. It definitely gives one a new perspective on the team/athletes they cover to see them interacting with each other behind the scenes. Even if the beat guys don’t write about every single time Jeremy Affeldt calls Jeff Keppinger a “douche” or that time when Tim Lincecum flipped a bat down the dugout stairwell that almost hit Ryan Vogelsong, seeing stuff like that gives extra insight beyond what one sees on TV and from the stands during the games.
On the other hand, it’s a little intrusive. And since yesterday was my first chance to walk on the field hours before a game, I wanted to tread lightly. I didn’t even start taking pictures or shooting stuff on my Flip cam until I looked around and saw photographers were stationed all around the batting cage, doing the same thing. After I saw that, I figured I shouldn’t waste my opportunity and I shot a ton of photos (here’s the Facebook album I promised) and a few videos. The first video was in my last post, and here are the other two that made the cut. (I took some video of Bruce Bochy talking to the media in the dugout, but to be honest it’s pretty boring and was widely available on TV anyway, and I shot some clips of Ryan Howard taking batting practice but he didn’t do anything special, so I deleted those.)
Nothing crazy, no huge home runs or zany quotes from Brian Wilson, just the Giants being themselves a few hours before a game, hanging around the cage.
1. Here are the members of the starting rotation (besides Madison Bumgarner, who was preparing for his start that night) practicing their bunting skills in the cage (with Emmy-worthy narration from yours truly … yeah, right), with Aaron Rowand making a very Rowand-like gesture near the end:
2. This last one shows the Giants during warmups. Check out Matt Cain practicing his butcher boy swing (update: thanks to @gggiants for pointing out that Cain’s actually doing a Kevin Youkilis impression) and an interesting pepper game between Ramon Ramirez and Santiago Casilla. Mostly, it’s about a minute of the Giants swinging their arms around.