I’m at AT&T Park, and it’s been a hectic afternoon. I didn’t get to the bus stop in time so I had to catch a cab, and for some reason he wouldn’t drop me off on 3rd and King because “I can’t park there.” He could have driven there, but whatever. Then I tried to quickly hammer out a post about Deadspin calling out Damon Bruce for wanting there to be “racial profiling” at Candlestick (thanks in part to a column by Scott Ostler) even though Bruce said no such thing, and I screwed up a joke because I referred to AK-47s as if they were sniper rifles (which they obviously are not).
My haste was partly because I wanted to get the post up before Bruce Bochy did his pregame interview in the dugout at 4:30, and by the time I got there (4:32?) it was already underway. The dugout was a little less crowded than usual, just Baggs, Amy G. and Jaymee Sire. Henry Schulman actually got there after I did, and asked a question about Brian Wilson, prefacing it with the fact that it’s possible someone might have already asked him about the Giants’ closer. Bochy said, “When (Wilson) comes in he’ll get looked at, and there’s the possibility that he might play some catch tomorrow.”
So I asked about Sergio Romo’s progress, noting that it might have already been brought up. Bochy’s response this time was, “That was asked.”
So I turned off my Flip Cam, figuring I was out of luck, but Bochy proceeded to answer my question:
“He threw off the mound, and if it feels fine tomorrow he could pitch Friday in Arizona. And after that we’ll evaluate him, make the call whether he’s ready or not.”
Then Schulman asked a couple follow-up questions, and having to again explain that Romo threw 30 pitches seemed to frustrate Bochy, which led Schulman to apologize. However, it’s possible Bochy’s lack of patience with us may have less to do with our tardiness and more to do with the Giants losing six of their last eight games. Regardless, video of our slightly awkward interview session (both before and after I turned the camera off) is below.
On a lighter note, Tim Lincecum has to be the one of the only starting pitchers in baseball who chats with the team’s TV color commentator so freely less than three hours before a start. Watching Mike Krukow interact with the rotation (like in the photo above) around the cage almost makes you think he’s reminiscing back to the days when he was a part of the Giants’ rotation himself. Actually, that’s exactly what it seemed like he was doing.