SAN FRANCISCO -- On Friday, the Giants will announce this year's recipient of the Willie Mac Award, given annually to the team's inspirational player. The winner is selected in a vote among manager Bruce Bochy, coaches and players, along with some fan input included.Two potential candidates stand out:
Second baseman Marco Scutaro, whose professionalism and vast baseball know-how made him a widely respected figure in the clubhouse almost immediately after the Giants acquired him from Colorado in a July 27 trade, and catcher Buster Posey, who overcame the extensive left leg injuries he sustained last year to become a Most Valuable Player Award candidate this season.Right-hander Matt Cain, the 2009 Willie Mac winner, addressed the award's significance. "For me, it was really great to have the respect of my teammates," Cain said. "It was just an honor for me to be able to get that award. You felt appreciated before, but when something like that happens, you know the feeling that the guys have for you and that they have your back." The award is named for Hall of Fame first baseman Willie McCovey, who was renowned for his character and class during his Major League career.
Bochy dons Niners cap in support of Smith
SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants manager Bruce Bochy drew chuckles from reporters and quickly became viral on social media, when he addressed the media donning a San Francisco 49ers hat before Thursday's game against the Rockies.
Quarterback Alex Smith was initially fined $15,000 for wearing a Giants hat during a postgame press conference following the 49ers game on Sunday. The National Football League then rescinded the fine for wearing non-sponsored gear following a game, and left Smith with just a warning.
Smith has been frequently seen around AT&T Park cheering on the Giants, which Bochy has noticed.
"Alex, he supports us, so I'm going to support him," Bochy said. "Sometimes we take some things too seriously. He comes out here and supports us, and we appreciate it."
Bochy hoping Baker undergoes speedy recovery
SAN FRANCISCO -- News of Reds manager Dusty Baker's irregular heartbeat reached AT&T Park, and Giants skipper Bruce Bochy said he is hoping to call Baker to express his best wishes.
"Dusty and I are good friends," Bochy said. "Hopefully, he'll become well and return to the field pretty soon."
Baker, a former Giants manager, remained at a Chicago hospital on Thursday to undergo further testing, keeping him out of the dugout for the second straight game.
"You tell these guys, these are the things you do to a manager," Bochy joked. "They need to make it a little bit easier on us."
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Jay Lee is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.