Brett Bochy, son of manager Bruce Bochy, trying to make San Francisco Giants team
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — A little bit of playful razzing comes with the territory for Brett Bochy. He gets it.
The pitcher is in his first big league camp for the San Francisco Giants. And, his dad's the manager.
"It's pretty special to have your son here, I'm not going to lie," Bruce Bochy said Saturday.
Reliever Jeremy Affeldt plans to remind the right-hander about it regularly — good-naturedly, of course.
"Only seven or eight times a day," Affeldt said. "We're going to ask him every day: 'Where do we go? Who we putting in today, Boch?'"
A quick poll around the clubhouse will tell you that Bochy's teammates know the pitcher earned this opportunity.
He has made an impression on the Giants' brass nearly three years after elbow ligament-replacement surgery. He went 7-3 with a 2.53 ERA and 14 saves in 41 appearances and 51 1-3 innings last year for Double-A Richmond. Fatigued down the stretch last season, the coaches plan to closely monitor his workload this spring training.
A manager's son being in camp is not unprecedented. Two years ago, Detroit skipper Jim Leyland's catcher son, Patrick, received a spring training invite from the Tigers.
"All the guys have said it. They realize that it's special. It's something to take in and really just enjoy and embrace it," Brett Bochy said. "They've seen me over the past few years and know I'm not just getting here because of my dad. I've pitched my way here, earned my way here. Now it's time to embrace it and enjoy it."
General manager Brian Sabean will certainly vouch for the reliever.
With so many players from the reigning World Series champions headed for the World Baseball Classic this spring, the Giants needed some added depth for the exhibition schedule. Bochy plans to use every opportunity to improve.
"He's earned it. He had a real nice season," Sabean said. "Half the bullpen's in the WBC, so he's going to get a chance."
While Bruce Bochy caught his son on several occasions over the winter back home in San Diego, they're all business now. That doesn't mean when the work day is over and they leave the ballpark that father and son won't share a meal at the manager's place.
"He doesn't really get down (in the crouch) because he's getting up there, but he stills play catch with me. He's there to work with me," Brett Bochy said. "It's special that he's here with me and to share this experience with him. Once we're on the field, he's my coach. When we leave, he's Dad again."
Bruce Bochy watched his son's first spring training bullpen Wednesday from a few feet away. During Saturday's first full-squad workout at Scottsdale Stadium, he didn't have a chance to see his son.
"That's a little added stress I don't know if I needed to have him here," the skipper said. "But I'm proud of him. He had a great year last year. He's worked hard to get to this point, he's earned this invite with the job that he did last year. He had a lot to overcome with the Tommy John and he's healthy. ... It's always a neat thing to be out here and to have your son out here with you."