As I’m sure you are all aware by now, we are losing Bruce Bochy at the end of this season. This, of course, is not a shock. We knew that this was the last year of his contract and I think many of us assumed he would retire, which he has now announced he will do.
The good news, though, is that we’ll have the rest of the season to show our appreciation and love to the future Hall of Fame manager that saw our team through the highest points of the organization’s tenure in San Francisco. Which is nice, because in this sport, goodbyes can come quite suddenly or not at all. Veteran player retire at the end of the season with little warning, or worse, hope to find work in the off-season but never do — effectively ending their career with no fanfare.
So we’ll have all year to appreciate Bochy, and today I want to start with one of my favorite things: ejections. Say what you will about him in other aspects of the game, but Bochy goes all out for his guys. The generally mild-mannered manager has been known to keep yelling at an umpire well after he’s been ejected.
I don’t generally feel a need for in-game sound from players or coaches, but I’ve always wished that there was a person whose job it was to rush a microphone towards a manager and umpire when they get into it because the facial expressions are something else. It looks like Bochy is ripping into the umpire’s ancestry for being so very wrong, but you know he’s probably just putting on a show.
Either way, it is my last request to the powers that be that we get one mic-ed up ejection from Bochy before he leaves.