It’s the question dominating the sports discussion in the Bay Area: How does Giants manager Bruce Bochy feel about being named after a hippopotamus at the San Francisco Zoo?
“It’s motivation to get on the treadmill,” he said before Saturday’s game.
The skipper has big plans for his namesake: “I’m going to ride it” wearing a cowboy hat he keeps in his office, he said.
He then gave reporters a lesson on wildlife that doubled as a warning: “You know the hippo is the most dangerous animal. They kill more people than lions. So, don’t mess with me.”
Belt locked up long term
MLB: The Giants officially committed to first baseman Brandon Belt for the long term on Saturday when they announced they were extending his contract for five years, beginning in 2017.
“We’ve filled an infield and [the] catching position with [homegrown talent] so far. And we’ve had a lot of great memories already with Brandon,” CEO Larry Baer said. “He’s given the fans a lot of thrills. He’s a Giant through and through. [He has] Giant DNA.”
No player options were included in the deal, according to Yahoo Sports. So add Belt to the list of players — Madison Bumgarner, Buster Posey, Brandon Crawford — expected to be in the orange and black for at least a few more years.
Panda swings out of belt
MLB: Ex-Giant Pablo Sandoval made a rare start for the Boston Red Sox on Saturday.
In his first at-bat of the game, he swung so hard his belt broke.
Which isn’t surprising except for it being the first time it’s happened in MLB action.
Making room for Kap?
NFL: The Broncos traded tackle Ryan Clady and a 7th-round pick for a 5th-rounder from the Jets, according to media reports.
Notable for 49ers fans, because Clady is one of the contracts the Broncos would have to shed to make space for a Colin Kaepernick deal.
Laughing through the pain: The 2016 San Diego Padres
MLB: “Are the Dodgers this good or the Padres that bad?” was the question after the Padres’ opening series against the Los Angeles Dodgers in which they scored a grand total of zero runs.
After the Giants blew out LA on Thursday and San Diego was shut out again, it seemed the latter was the correct answer.
On Friday, SD turned it around with a 12-6 win over the Colorado Rockies.
Afterwards, Padres players admitted they were having fun despite the offensive struggles. “We kept it loose all yesterday on the plane,” Melvin Upton said to The Associated Press. “Kept it loose before the game. We stopped trying to force the issue today and just let it happen.”
The Padres play their home games in the modern day Polo Grounds in the way it favors pitchers. Why they didn’t emulate what the Giants have done of putting together a lineup of station-to-station hitters supported by a pitching staff of gamers will forever escape me.
The end of an era
NBA: The Sacramento Kings played their last game at Arco Arena — err, I mean Sleep Train Arena — on Saturday.
The venue, located outside of the city, hosted one of the more entertaining, if not constantly successful, reigns in pro sports. The recent turmoil brought on by an ownership group led by Vivek Ranadive has marred an otherwise impressive franchise that’s engaged the community despite playing in a smaller market.
Farewell to the Chaos in the Cornfield, and bring on the Downtown Dysfunction of the new Golden 1 Center.
Bo knows t-shirts
MEDIA: The smartest personality employed by ESPN, Bomani Jones, wore a t-shirt on Thursday depicting the Cleveland Indians’ offensive logo “Chief Wahoo” as a white guy with the team’s signature script spelling “Caucasians.”
Donald Trump supporters on social media were incensed. But the creators of the t-shirt, Shelf Life Clothing Co., were happy for the free promotion as they saw more than 2,000 of the shirt sold on Friday after Jones’s Mike & Mike show appearance.
“I haven’t slept since Thursday at 5:45 a.m.,” said Brian Kirby, who runs the company, according to The Associated Press.
Find the shirt here.
Karl Buscheck contributed to this report.
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