Back on Track

It’s been great watching our pitchers the last two games – Randy Johnson on Sunday and Matt Cain yesterday. Both were in a groove and doing what they know and we know they can do.

 

Sometimes I can tell in the bullpen before the game when a pitcher is on – like with Timmy on Saturday. I wasn’t sure with Randy on Sunday. But I could see in the first inning he had his fastball and slider working and his change-up.

 

With any pitcher, with a no-hitter going, you just stay away. You kind of stay away from Randy anyway. That’s how he operates. Sometimes Rags or I will mention something to him – watch out for this or that. But there was nothing to say on Sunday. He was awesome to watch.

 

On our off day Monday, I just rested. Then Jamie and I went to McCovey’s restaurant in Walnut Creek and had the best experience. The food was great and there was a ton of memorabilia to look at. It’s only 10 minutes from our house, so I know Jamie and I will be going there a lot. Willie McCovey happened to be in Murph’s office in the clubhouse yesterday, so I told him what a great time we had at his place. He was really happy, and Freddie Lew was standing there next to me. Willie said I had to get Freddie to go now.

 

Got the news yesterday that Steve Holm is coming back up. It will be so great to have him back. You know by now how much I love that guy. I’m looking forward to sitting and talking about the strategy of catching with someone who loves the position as much as I do!

 

See you at the ballpark.

8 Comments

Great games you guys had over the weekend! Good luck this afternoon!

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

Bengie, it is good to see you behind the plate once again and leading the team in such a great fashion. I was born and raised in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico and as such I have a great appreciation for baseball and the position you play. I live in the East Bay and have three boys and two of them are catchers in their Little Leagues’ teams. Last Saturday we were at the game and watch Tim pitched a gem of a game. I think that great pitchers have a lot of skills and ability, they also need a great catcher behind the plate and you are providing them great guidance and support behind the plate. It is good to hear the Holm is coming back. I look forward to future games at the AT&T Park and see Giants do great this year. Let me know when you want to eat some good home made Puerto Rican food and you can come over, my wife does a killer arroz con gandules! Good luck this year. GO Giants!!

Luis

Hello Bengie,

Great reading your blog. I love the Giants and especially love Pablo Sandoval.

Can you pass this on to him?

Hello Bengie,

Great reading your blog. I love the Giants and especially love Pablo Sandoval.

Can you pass this on to him?

STOP SWINGING AT BALLS OVER YOUR HEAD. You are a catcher and supposed to know the strike zone. You should be hitting .300 already but every pitcher in the league knows you will swing at any pitch within 4 blocks of home plate.

It’s getting really frustrating because I’ve been singing your praises and you can’t drive in a run. Oh wait, you do have ONE RBI.

Bengie – I took interest to you mentioning how you can tell if a pitcher is on by how he throws in the pen before the game. How much do you catch in the pen if you are starting behind the plate?Russhttp://wight4256.mlblogs.com

bengie, we all just love you so much. youre the highlight of our day.

all that you know is what goes on INSIDE the clubhouse; what emotion the players are having; what they said to each other; their personalities; you dont know what its like in OUR neck of the woods.

we dont know when one guy has had something tradgic happen and is just devastated, we dont know whos having a feud in the clubhouse, we dont know when someone has made one of the boys extremely happy, all we know is how they play ball, because we cant see any of that even though we desire to.

youre our ticket to see the inside world. we LOVE hearing how you feel after each and every game. it makes you, and the rest of the clubhouse, HUMAN. not just baseball robots we watch on tv. youre just a group of men in san francisco doing what you love to do, and trying to make a living.

your blog does more for us than you know. and once again, WE LOVE IT.

bengie, we all just love you so much. youre the highlight of our day.

all that you know is what goes on INSIDE the clubhouse; what emotion the players are having; what they said to each other; their personalities; you dont know what its like in OUR neck of the woods.

we dont know when one guy has had something tradgic happen and is just devastated, we dont know whos having a feud in the clubhouse, we dont know when someone has made one of the boys extremely happy, all we know is how they play ball, because we cant see any of that even though we desire to.

youre our ticket to see the inside world. we LOVE hearing how you feel after each and every game. it makes you, and the rest of the clubhouse, HUMAN. not just baseball robots we watch on tv. youre just a group of men in san francisco doing what you love to do, and trying to make a living.

your blog does more for us than you know. and once again, WE LOVE IT.

Bengie, thanks for the great post, as usual. I love reading about what you guys do off the field, and what you guys are thinking about. Congrats on the great homestand, you caught some outstanding pitching! And that was an amazing clutch hit on Wednesday. Now go out and beat those Diamondbacks again, I know you guys can do it!!
Lauren

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