Following Monday night’s 3-1 loss to the San Diego Padres, the San Francisco Giants were probably a little upset. They had a chance to take over first place in the National League West, and instead wasted a great performance by starter Matt Cain and now sit 1.5 games behind the Friars.
As if they wanted to add insult to injury, ESPN decided to include this little gem in the “Game Notes” section of its game wrap:
“Bruce Bochy, who still has an offseason home in suburban Poway, was bummed because he might have to have his 16-year-old Labrador euthanized.”
OK, two things: Life is just crapping on Bruce Bochy right now. He can’t beat his former team. The Padres are 7-0 against their former manager this season and have yet to trail the Giants in any game. Meanwhile, Bochy is stuck with an aging, unproductive offense in San Francisco, that can’t show up to the ballpark when he visits the beauty of his former home. San Francisco is a lovely town, but San Diego is perfect, and Bochy got run out of America’s Finest City following the 2006 season, yet still keeps a home there because he knows just how great he had it. On top of all that, when he does return home, he finds out his dog is going to die. Sweet.
Secondly, why the hell would ESPN want us to know that little piece of information? Does it enhance our view of the game? Were the Giants all off their game because they loved good old Sparky*?
Did Bochy once have the entire roster over to his place for a pizza party, where he regaled them with stories of Sparky’s** antics? Did looking into the face of that (old) lab somehow give the players and their manager hope that they could do great things?
I am so confused as to why that piece of information was even remotely relevant.
*Name of dog may not actually be Sparky
**Again I have no idea what the dog’s name is/was