The turning point of a nasty losing skid always comes when you’ve
decided you have had enough. Sometimes it’s a pitcher with a dominant
performance, a batter with a big game that wakes the sleeping Giants.
This year however, the man responsible for putting an end to what
seemed like a never ending losing streak, was the person most critics
have blamed for their inconsistency, none other than Giants skipper
Bruce Bochy. Saturday in Colorado Bochy ran (like a retired catcher
does, mind you) onto the field to argue a call with first base umpire
Paul Nauert. The play in which Colorado’s Jonathan Herrera layed down a
bunt between first base and the pitcher’s mound, had already been
argued by second basemen Freddie Sanchez and first basemen Travis
Ishikawa but Bochy did what needed to be done. The Giants manager
argued the call for a minute or two, and finally Paul Nauert tossed
Bochy from the game.
Something like this can change the direction of an entire season.
Whether it was just frustration from losing seven straight games, which
included a sweep from the division rival Dodgers, or intentional Bochy
finally did what needed to be done to wake the team from its early
The Giants rallied late to grab an 11-8 win on Saturday and with the exception of the 15 inning heart breaking loss on Sunday, they’ve been nearly untouchable both offensively and defensively.
Sometimes all that is needed is a leader, someone who says enough is enough. Thanks for stepping up Bochy! The team has been needing you.
Outlook: Now those trying to blame Bochy have a reason to do so.