Seven players were inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York this afternoon and Bruce Bochy was on hand to watch his former closer Trevor Hoffman give his speech. Just before Hoffman got into it, though, they played this introductory video, of which Bochy was the star:
"One of the greatest closers ever in the game." @Padres legend @THoffman51 takes to the podium now on MLB Network! #HOFWKND pic.twitter.com/nJA0cZwTND— MLB Network (@MLBNetwork) July 29, 2018
Hoffman returned the favor in his speech, singling out his former manager:
"There's no statistic that can quantify what you mean to me."@THoffman51 thanks Bruce Bochy and asks his teammates in attendance to stand during his #HOFWKND speech. pic.twitter.com/cen9WIoX9c— MLB Network (@MLBNetwork) July 29, 2018
Despite Jack Morris’s induction suggesting otherwise, very few players actually get into the Hall of Fame, so it makes sense that Bochy would leave the Giants in the middle of the season to see a close friend and former player up there on stage. It’s a rarity, and we only get one life. Why not make the most of it?
Additionally, Duane Kuiper reported on the post-game show that had the Giants scored 10 runs today, he would’ve stayed overnight in Cooperstown and let the team play on without him. That’s the most entertaining form of baseball superstition: when you’d rather maroon yourself in upstate New York than disrupt your team’s offense after only one game.
Bruce Bochy at Cooperstown. Took red eye flight from San Francisco thru Chicago to be here for Trevor Hoffman today. #SFGiants #Padres pic.twitter.com/75q0mWeP8D— Scott Miller (@ScottMillerBbl) July 29, 2018
Bruce Bochy made it to Cooperstown pic.twitter.com/mme2S1BMLx— Marty Caswell (@MartyCaswell) July 29, 2018
He’ll be awfully tired tomorrow when he rejoins the team in San Diego, but it’ll have been worth it.
What would you want Bruce Bochy to say for your Hall of Fame introduction video?