Even if he was once a Dodger, this future HOF catcher said this from Sunday's New York Post:
"He's a great manager, and he’s fun to play for,’’ Piazza said.
He related this story about one late night with his manager, during their year together in San Diego in 2006, and how Bochy coaxed him into staying out a little longer than he wanted while on a trip to Washington.
Bochy promised Piazza he would not start the next day. Then the manager added, “But I’m going to need you to come off the bench for me and go deep.’’
“The next day I get there late,’’ Piazza said. “I got off the bench for him.’’
Piazza went deep, too. He hit a pinch-hit home run in the ninth inning off Chad Cordero to beat the Nationals, 10-9, home run No. 409 of his magnificent career.
“It was so funny, after the game, we were just giggling, but Bochy is that kind of guy,’’ Piazza said admiringly. “I’d run through a wall for him.’’
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