Pinch-blogging: Tim Hudson
When friends back in Georgia and Alabama ask what it’s been like here in San Francisco, I tell them that everything about it’s great. The city’s awesome. The fans are awesome. The organization does everything right. That’s what I heard before I got here, but you have to be here and experience it to really get it. Boch is a manager who makes anyone feel comfortable right away. The whole coaching staff – Righetti, Gardy, Flan, Wotus — they’re all that way.
And the clubhouse is all a bunch of nice guys. A pretty good number happen to be from the South. Bumgarner’s locker is by mine, so I’ve had a great time getting to know him. He’s even more Southern than I am. He’s a cowboy. He comes in here every day in cowboy boots and long Wranglers. He ropes cattle. He’s a big tough guy — but with some of the thinnest skin you’re ever going to come across. You can really get to him.
As soon as Puig flipped his bat — for example — I thought, “This is not going to be good.’’ Bum jawed at Puig, who jawed back. Later in the dugout when we asked what was going on, he said, “I don’t even know what was said! I don’t even know what I was saying. We were just kind of yelling at each other!’’
It was pretty funny because it was so Bum. Of course we continued to prod him because that’s what you do. It’s one of the things you have to love about baseball.
I’m renting a house near the Presidio. It’s been a lot of fun getting to know the Marina and Cow Hollow and checking out some of the great restaurants. I’m still trying to figure it all out — particularly the best way to drive to the field every day. Sometimes it gets a little challenging depending on the time of day. But the discovery process has been fun. And the house is starting to feel a little homier, but it will be a lot better once the family gets out here in a couple weeks.
In the meantime, I’ve gotten together for lunch a few times with a buddy I know from my Oakland days who lives in the Marina. I’ve had lunch with a couple of friends from Walnut Creek, too. I found a little breakfast spot I like on Lombard called Home Plate. I didn’t go there because of the name. I just Yelped breakfast places, and it was one of the first things that came up.
Some people have asked what it was like going back to Atlanta to play the Braves. It was a little odd being in the opposing dugout. But that’s part of baseball. If you play this game long enough, you’re going to play for different clubs and play against former teammates. It’s one of those things you have to accept. Lucky for me the different club I ended up with was the Giants. The fans here are always so supportive. And right now we’re playing some pretty good baseball. So it’s always fun to come to the park and suit up because we know we always have a good chance to win. And we always know we’ll have a full house. What’s better than that?
Thanks for such a warm welcome. I know my family is going to love it here as much as I do.