SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Like just about everyone involved with the Giants' run to a second World Series title in three years, Marco Scutaro is still adjusting to an offseason that didn't start until November.
“I took my glove out of my bag when I got here, and it was still cold from Detroit,” Scutaro said Saturday, smiling.
But Scutaro, 37, wouldn't have it any other way. A few weeks of missed rest is a small price to pay for a championship, and after a journey that included eight seasons as a professional before he became a full-time starter in the big leagues, Scutaro is hoping for another.
After unpacking and making a trip around the clubhouse at Scottsdale Stadium, Scutaro made a point of mentioning the career of former Giant and fellow Venezuelan infielder Omar Vizquel, who played 24 seasons but reached the World Series just twice, losing both times.“People sometimes don't understand how hard it is to get back to the World Series,” Scutaro said. “It's something I appreciated.”
Management is hopeful that appreciation permeates the clubhouse. In the offseason, Scutaro was given a three-year deal to continue playing second base and being a clubhouse leader, a role he immediately embraced after coming over from the Colorado Rockies.
Scutaro was one of the last position players to arrive in camp, but he was a popular subject even as the only sign this week of his impending presence was a stack of shipped boxes in front of his locker.
As teammates took turns meeting with the media, the same question was asked over and over again: Was it a smart decision for the Giants to stand pat as the rest of the National League contenders made changes? To a man — from Buster Posey to Ryan Vogelsong and everyone in between — the Giants noted that this time around, they'll have a full season of Scutaro's immense presence on the field and, perhaps more important, in the clubhouse.