Be patient with young players — and me
I imagine there were more than a few people cursing at their TVs back in the Bay Area at the end of game Sunday against the Phillies. Velez let a grounder slip under his glove and the Phillies scored the winning run. It’s frustrating to watch from the dugout, too, but we know we have a team of very young guys who are going to make mistakes. And we know they want to win as much as any of us.
These are really, really good players and we have to have patience with them. Don’t get me wrong. It’s tough, for sure. It’s really, really hard to see a game slip away like that. But these guys are going to be great players for the Giants. They have a lot of heart and a lot of enthusiasm. They’re young and still learning how to play in the big leagues. I tell them when they make a mistake there’s no time to get down on themselves because there’s another game tomorrow. There’s not time for feeling bad. Learn from the mistake, turn the page and move on.
I promised to answer your questions in this post, so here goes.
Zman asked what my teammates and I do with our fan mail. I try to sign all the cards I get right away and send them back. I used to put them aside and promise myself to get to them later but then they piled up. So I now open the envelopes and sign — I mostly receive baseball cards. Sorry you didn’t get yours back, Zman. Try me again.
Hgravity, I’ll do my best to remember to tell Steve Holm that Steve Corey Watts said hi.
Aubrey wanted to know if it’s weird playing against my brothers. The answer is yes, it’s weird in every sense of the word. It’s weird and tough, really, really tough. On the one hand, you want him to do great, but at the same time, I play for San Francisco. I say to Yadier, “You try to get me out because I’ll be trying to get you out.” We kept it professional on the field then after the game, we’re brothers again. We’ll ask each other, now why didn’t you guys try to move the runner over? Strategy things.
I know someone asked about my equipment (but now I can’t find the question — sorry to whoever wrote it). I choose whatever equipment I like. Major League Baseball and the Giants don’t have rules on which company you can and can’t use. Right now I use Reebok equipment. The most important thing for me is making sure my legs are comfortable, my knees especially.
I was happy to have a day off Monday to refresh my legs. Looking forward to the Pittsburgh series — then back home. We love playing at AT&T in front of our own fans. The fans give us that little extra energy to pull us through — and we need it with all the tight games we’ve been in lately.
Thanks for writing — and reading. I’ll check in again soon.