Giants hope they're not done winning yet


Giants hope they're not done winning yet

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) San Francisco Giants CEO Larry Baer wants to add more World Series championships to the two his franchise has captured the past three seasons.

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Baer said Wednesday the front office is already hard at work beginning plans for the 2013 roster - and he is optimistic many familiar faces will stick around, including second baseman and NL championship series MVP Marco Scutaro.

``Nobody thinks we should be done,'' Baer said. ``I think we want to get lots of people back, and he's one of them. ... My favorite sign was `San Francisco, Happiest Place on Earth.' That's how we all feel about this. That's what the goal is.''

NL West champion San Francisco completed a four-game sweep of the Detroit Tigers on Sunday night at Comerica Park. The Giants and the city celebrated with an orange-and-black parade through downtown Wednesday - fitting it fell on Halloween.

General manager Brian Sabean called it a priority to re-sign Scutaro, center fielder Angel Pagan and left-handed reliever Jeremy Affeldt. So far, he said, his staff has spoken only ``informally'' about what's next as everyone wanted to get through Wednesday's festivities before starting in earnest.

Scutaro, who celebrated his 37th birthday Tuesday and then partied some more with his teammates a day later before this group parts ways for the winter, said it's a no-brainer he would like to return.

``What a question. Of course I want to come back,'' Scutaro said. ``Sometimes there are decisions you can't control. I don't know what they're thinking, what other teams are thinking. I just have to wait. The only thing I can say is I hope everything works out because I want to come back here.''

So, what will it take?

``I want 15 years, three thousand million dollars,'' Scutaro joked. ``How do you like me now? I gotta go.''

Just like two years ago, the Giants brass is about a month behind in preparing for next season. Though vice president of baseball operations Bobby Evans has said that's a good problem to have when it means your team has won it all.

Pagan, too, hopes the team will stay intact and that he remains a key part of it as the Giants try to defend their championship next year.

``Now is for celebrating,'' Pagan said. ``We'll have time for that - negotiations. I have no words to describe how special this is to be able to bring this championship to this beautiful city. A lot of people told me before I came here how the fans are, the great fans. But actually to win a championship and experience it myself, I have no words. This is truly a blessing and I hope I can come back next year, seriously. It would be great.''

Sabean has all five starting pitchers under contract for next season, but maintaining a dominant bullpen will be paramount for a GM who has long built his club around the pitching staff.

While Affeldt also acknowledged he would like to stay put in San Francisco, he is seeking more than a one-year deal to give some long-term stability to his family with a wife and three young sons.

``It's nice to hear. I'm sure they'll be talking,'' Affeldt said. ``If it doesn't go the way we'd like it to go and I've got to move on, I'll never say anything bad about this front office or team. It's a special group of people. Hopefully we can work something out. This team has brought me a lot of joy for the last four years and I can't complain one bit about anybody. ... I'm not looking for a one-year deal. I've got a family. When you have a family and you have an opportunity, a one-year deal is definitely not something I'm going to do.''

If the Giants can bring this group back, everybody would be thrilled. Yet the players all fully understand the business side always comes into play.

``That's not my job,'' World Series MVP Pablo Sandoval said.

For now, the Giants are going to relish in what they just accomplished again so soon after the 2010 championship run brought the franchise's first World Series title since it moved West in 1958.

``Wonderful day,'' Hall of Fame pitcher Juan Marichal said. ``Wonderful day.''

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Wizards host students from Stoneman Douglas High School ahead of 'March For Our Lives'

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Wizards host students from Stoneman Douglas High School ahead of 'March For Our Lives'

With a march on Washington planned for this weekend following the mass shooting in Parkland, FL, students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School were invited by the Wizards to attend their Friday morning practice at Capital One Arena.

About 20 of the kids showed up to watch the Wizards practice, took pictures with players, got a tour of the facilities and walked away with Wizards hats and gear. It was a small break away from what has been a tumultous time ever since the massacre at their school on Feb. 14.

Wizards majority owner Ted Leonsis was on hand to speak with the students, who are set to lead the 'March For Our Lives' through downtown Washington on Saturday.


Wizards guard Bradley Beal met with the media after taking photos with the students.

"For us to be able to take their mind off of it for just a few minutes is always a great feeling," Beal said. "At the end of the day, we're all human beings regardless of our careers are and what our jobs are. A lot of us have families, kids, brothers and sisters. The last thing that you want to happen is what happened to several of those families. You can never imagine."

Beal went to college in Florida and has participated in his own forms of activism. He has found inspiration in the efforts by Stoneman Douglas students. They have taken what happened to their school as a catalyst for what they hope produces change in the ability to protect similar attacks from happening again.


Beal, 24, finds that admirable.

"It's amazing sometimes to learn from the youth on how to do things," Beal said. "It's a testament to where our world needs to lead to, to where we need to get to and to come together as a society. It starts with us as the younger generation. We've gotta come together with love and do things like this. I think what they're doing is awesome. It's spreading positive vibes and it's true humanitarian work that they're doing."

The Stoneman Douglas students are expected to attend Friday night's Wizards-Nuggets game as well.

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Bradley Beal sees Phil Chenier's jersey retirement as something to strive for

Bradley Beal sees Phil Chenier's jersey retirement as something to strive for

The relationship between Wizards All-Star Bradley Beal and Bullets legend Phil Chenier goes beyond your average friendship between a current and former player, or a current player and team broadcaster.

Beal and Chenier are close to the point Chenier often offers advice as a fellow shooting guard who helped lead the organization to some of their most important accomplishments.

Beal is always open ears when Chenier is talking and took great honor in being the one to tell Chenier personally that his jersey would be retired by the Wizards.

The day has come for Chenier's No. 45 to be raised to the rafters and Beal feels a unique sense of pride in seeing a man he reveres to the highest degree finally have his day in the sun.

"It's unbelievable. It's more than deserving," Beal said. "I was happy to be the one who told him about it. It's a special night for him. He's been a mentor to a lot of us for many years."


Chenier was a three-time All-Star for the Washington Bullets back in the 1970s. Following his playing career, he became a legendary broadcaster calling Bullets and then Wizards games for over 30 years.

Beal is now an NBA All-Star himself, having earned the honor for the first time this season. He is a shooting guard, just like Chenier.

Chenier was the color analyst for Wizards games for the first five years of Beal's career and Beal has always seen Chenier as a model to follow both on and off the court.

"It's always motivation for me to get better and I feel like this is the final touch of it, having your jersey retired by the franchise that you played a part in their success," Beal said.


The honor Chenier is about to receive is another goal to strive for. Beal wants to achieve a lot of what Chenier has accomplished in his life from winning a championship to making All-NBA to now having his jersey hang in the rafters at Capital One Arena.

"It definitely motivates me for that to be a goal of mine. Especially with the fact we both play the same position," Beal said.


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