Now that we’ve got the photos of the players out of the way, it’s time to move on to the people in the parade who didn’t catch, hit or throw a baseball. In the case of this post, we’re talking about the San Francisco Giants brass — plus some coaches. These guys are the decision-makers, the spokesmen, the guys who have accumulated generational wealth (well, everyone perhaps except the coaches), but still spend every waking hour trying to figure out how to get their team to win so they can enjoy parades like these.
Since you’re here to look at photos and not read whatever rambling silliness I come up with, let’s get to the eye candy!
Remember how every announcer used to swoon whenever they showed Leo Mazzone rocking backward and forward in the Braves’ dugout? “Best pitching coach in baseball,” they’d say. Isn’t it about time for Dave Righetti to get that same sort of reverence? None of the starting pitchers missed any time due to injury, and the Giants’ staff was the game’s best during the postseason … again. Mark Gardner gets even less ink and/or credit, but I can never remember a time when anyone in the bullpen looked unprepared. Wild, maybe. But the pitchers’ gameplans are always on point.
This picture is cool for a few reasons.
- That sign. Don’t know where it came from, maybe someone can enlighten me in the comments.
- Tim Flannery seems like he’s constantly fighting to win a contest to determine “America’s Coolest Dad.”
- Roberto Kelly is alive and well after taking a Buster Posey line drive to the head.
Now it’s time for the CEOs, Managing General Partners, whatever you want to call them.
First, the man who led the charge to keep the Giants in San Francisco when everyone thought they were headed for Tampa, Peter Magowan (who has to be feeling a little relieved after seeing Barry Zito pitch the way he did during the NLCS and World Series, seeing as most blame Magowan for the decision to offer him $126 million).
Next, Magowan’s replacement. Bill Neukom seems like he would’ve been very much at home during any of the past three centuries. There’s something very regal about the guy, and not just due to the bow ties. Plus, Newkom wanted to spend money on technology and player development before he was shown the door, which forever makes him a hero in the hearts and minds of Giants fans.
Here’s the CEO who will probably last the longest of them all, Larry Baer. I zoomed out for this shot just because of the look we got from the guy on the bottom right (Baer’s son?). Many worried that Baer would usher in an era of profit being the team’s top priority, with winning coming second, but the Giants ended up doing OK in his first full year in charge.
In 16 seasons as General Manager, Brian Sabean’s teams have had 12 winning seasons, eight 90-win seasons, an overall record of 1392-1198 (.537),six playoff appearances and two World Championships. With the team reaching heights no one thought possible, Sabean could remain as the Giants’ GM for another five years … if not longer.
I was standing with Wendy Thurm, who cleverly noted how Sabean was in the perfect car for how he’s perceived among so many fans — a brown 1970s Chevrolet Caprice. It was pretty easy to imagine Sabean driving the car home after the parade.
I’m not sure I’ve ever seen Bruce Bochy happier than he was when I took this photo. I took several shots in a row, and in each it seemed like Bochy was staring right at me. Did he recognize my face in the crowd? (“Oh yeah, there’s that James Bond camera guy…”)
After Bochy passed us, two jackasses from ABC 7 stopped Bochy’s car for a looonnnggg interview. Afterward, Staci Slaughter (Giants Senior VP of PR) had a pretty spirited “discussion” with the ABC guys. The guy holding the camera was borderline threatening Slaughter, walking toward her while repeatedly yelling “What?” and gesturing aggressively. Nobody in the crowd was on the cameraman’s side, since he and his buddy held up the parade for five minutes.
For more Giants parade photos, check out:
- Infielders and catchers (Arias, Huff, Crawford, Sanchez, Scutaro, Sandoval, Posey, Belt and Jim Harbaugh)
- Outfielders (Peguero, Nady, Blanco, Pence and Pagan)
- Starting pitchers (Zito, Bumgarner, Vogelsong, Cain and Lincecum)
- Relief pitchers (Wilson, Hensley, Mijares, Lopez, Kontos, Affeldt and Romo)