Bochy's pre-game speeches provides boost for Giants

Ben Margot/APSan Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy talks to Hunter Pence before Game 6 of the NLCS.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy joined in the budding tradition of pregame speeches before Game 5 in St. Louis, which up until that point had been handled by Hunter Pence. The manager said he wasn’t trying to step on the outfielder’s toes, however.

“I really was trying to tee it up for Hunter and let him go, more than anything,” Bochy said. “I just felt like I should say something there before Hunter did because these guys, I couldn’t be prouder of how they’re going out there every day and fighting, and that’s what the game is about.”

Starter Matt Cain said the speeches have made an impact on the club.

“I think we all know what situation we’re in,” he said. “So it’s not really something that has to be said. But I think it’s just something that really gets the guys together and gets them thinking about ‘let’s go out there and leave it all out there.’ It gets everybody in the same mindset.”

Knowing their roles: Bochy said both Tim Lincecum and Madison Bumgarner were available out of the bullpen in Game 6 and will be available for today’s Game 7 as well.

“At this stage its all-hands-on-deck, as we keep saying,” Bochy said. “We’re still in a must-win situation. We know it. They’ll all be down there and ready to go.”

Keeping it going: The Giants have won five straight elimination games during this postseason. If they win today’s Game 7, they would match the record set by the 1985 Kansas City Royals, who rallied from behind to beat the Toronto Blue Jays in the AL Championship Series and the Cardinals in the World Series.

Long wait: Sunday was the first time San Francisco has hosted Game 6 of a postseason series since the Giants hosted the New York Yankees in the 1962 World Series. The Giants won that game, 5-2, before going on to lose Game 7.

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