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Brad Ausmus shares funny story about Bruce Bochy, tuna sashimi and an iPhone


Brad Ausmus shares funny story about Bruce Bochy, tuna sashimi and an iPhone

As Bruce Bochy entered the final days of his managerial career, his many friends around Major League Baseball seemed eager to talk about him in NBC Sports Bay Area’s “Toast to Boch.”

They picked on Bochy’s golf game, which he admits isn’t that great. They also shared some inside stories, such as a wine-filled dinner in Montreal, and overall showed their love and admiration for the Giants manager, who will retire after Sunday’s game at Oracle Park.

Then Brad Ausmus, who played for Bochy on the Padres and now manages the Angels, delivered a shocking revelation …

Bruce Bochy once tried to dip tuna sashimi into his iPhone.

No, really. That happened.

Ausmus’ explanation for why? Because the iPhone “looked just like soy sauce.”

“To this day, it is the funniest thing I’ve ever seen in my life,” Ausmus said, “and I will never, ever laugh harder than I did that night when Boch tried to dip his sashimi into his iPhone. I loved that, Boch.”

Check out “Toast to Boch” at 4:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Sunday on NBC Sports Bay Area, and hear Ausmus tell the story himself.

Tony Gwynn Jr.'s Bruce Bochy salute shows Giants manager's fatherly side


Tony Gwynn Jr.'s Bruce Bochy salute shows Giants manager's fatherly side

Tony Gwynn Jr. followed his Hall of Fame dad into the major leagues in 2006 and played eight seasons with four different teams. He has another fatherly figure to thank for his baseball career, too.

Gwynn credits Bruce Bochy, who managed his father from 1995 to 2001 in San Diego, for letting him hang out in the Padres’ clubhouse as a kid, which helped cultivate his love for the game.

“I feel like a great deal of my success of my career is due to the fact that he allowed it,” Gwynn told NBC Sports Bay Area in “Toast to Boch,” a special one-hour show saluting the departing Giants manager. “The players became my teachers -- Bruce was like the professor, basically. I learned everything I know about the game being in that clubhouse.”

The professor mostly got the best of the pupil in the bigs, as Gwynn hit .210 with no homers and six RBI in 105 at-bats against Bochy’s Giants teams. Still, it had to be cool for Bochy to see one of his former star players' sons facing him in the majors.

Bochy, who will retire after Sunday’s game, explained why, despite Major League restrictions against players’ children being in the clubhouse and on the field, he believes it should be allowed.

“I try to promote it,” Bochy said. “I tell our players, ‘Hey, bring them out early, take them on the field.’ … And I tell you why: This game can be really difficult. I mean, it’s a long season, you’re gone a lot. And so you miss a lot of time with your kids and your family.”

[RELATED: Ex-Giants GM believes Bochy will manage again]

Bochy, of course, enjoyed special family time in 2014 and 2015, when he had the chance to manage his son, Brett, on the Giants. And, based on Gwynn’s sentiments, who knows how many other past, current and future major leaguers the manager has influenced as kids?

If you missed the Saturday night premiere of “Toast to Boch,” you can catch re-airings Sunday at 10 a.m., 4:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. on NBC Sports Bay Area.

Antonio Brown vows to not play in NFL again, hints at filing grievance


Antonio Brown vows to not play in NFL again, hints at filing grievance

Antonio Brown claimed Sunday that he'll never play in the NFL again -- and then fired off a series of tweets that could ensure exactly that.

The mercurial wide receiver opened the morning with a Twitter rant, hinting at contract grievances against the Raiders and the Patriots, both of whom released him earlier this month, before turning his ire toward prominent league figures with legal histories.

Brown lost $29.125 million in guarantees that the Raiders voided after the receiver's reported run-in with general manager Mike Mayock. Brown also stands to lose a $9 million signing bonus from the Patriots, who are due to make the first payment Monday but likely will not want to do so.

Brown can seek recourse with a grievance filed through the NFL Players Association, and it appears that's what he plans to do. It's unclear if he'll seek recourse against the Raiders, Patriots, or both.

Brown had taken a cordial tone toward the Patriots even after they cut him, but that all changed Sunday with the specter of the signing bonus being gone. So, first in Brown's sights was Patriots owner Robert Kraft, who reportedly was enraged by the receiver's threatening text messages to a woman who told Sports Illustrated that Brown made unwanted sexual advances toward her. After those text messages surfaced, Kraft decided Brown was done in New England.

"Caught in the parlor" is in reference to Kraft being charged with soliciting prostitution at a South Florida massage parlor earlier this year. Florida officials said last week that they still intend to prosecute Kraft on those charges.

The next target was former NFL tight end Shannon Sharpe, who has been a vocal critic of Brown on Twitter and his FS1 show "Undisputed."

And then it was Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, with whom Brown had a rocky relationship, leading to the receiver's exit from Pittsburgh after last season.

He later deleted the tweets criticizing Kraft, Sharpe and Roethlisberger.

Brown finished his rant by praising a Patriots fan who threatened Sports Illustrated writer Robert Klemko, who broke the news about further allegations against the receiver. That tweet also has been deleted. 

Brown reportedly had drawn interest from NFL teams, even as the league investigates the sexual-assault claims against him. It'd be surprising if that interest remains after another instance of Brown going off the rails.