Bruce Bochy receives lengthy standing ovation before final home opener

Bruce Bochy receives lengthy standing ovation before final home opener

SAN FRANCISCO -- At some point in his media session Friday morning, Bruce Bochy tried to politely hint to reporters that he was tired of talking about his future. Bochy had already answered about a half-dozen questions about his decision to retire at the end of this season and his last home opener. 

This is not, however, a city that is going to allow the future Hall of Fame manager to go out quietly. 

The Giants skipper received a standing ovation that lasted more than 90 seconds when he was introduced Friday. The loudest cheers are usually reserved for Madison Bumgarner and Buster Posey, but on this day the manager was the star. He tipped his cap multiple times and at one point turned to master of ceremonies Jon Miller and encouraged him to move on to a player. But Miller and the Giants fans wouldn't allow it.

Bochy stood, the emotion clear on his face, as both teams and the fans continued to cheer.

He was brought out again at the end of the ceremony and threw the first pitch to Pablo Sandoval, who gave him a hug, as the rest of the roster stood behind the mound. 

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This is Bochy's 13th and final home opener with the Giants. Before the game, he said he had not given much thought to the importance because he was too focused on preparing for the Rays, an unfamiliar opponent who may use two openers this weekend.

Giants' Mauricio Dubon needs jersey number after Gabe Kapler took his

Giants' Mauricio Dubon needs jersey number after Gabe Kapler took his

Gabe Kapler had his introductory press conference as the Giants' new manager, and he's chosen his uniform number as well.

The skipper has chosen No. 19 to sport this season, which means young infielder Mauricio Dubon will have to choose a new number -- and he needs your help.

He recently took to Twitter and asked what number he should wear now that he has to make the switch: 

No. 21 appeared to stand out from a Milwaukee Brewer's fan account, since Honduras became a country in 1821. Dubon was born in Honduras in 1994 (sorry to make you guys feel old).

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Five-time All-Star second baseman Jeff Kent also sported the number with San Francisco.

We shall see ... 

Giants continue Triples Alley construction, moving bullpens off field

Giants continue Triples Alley construction, moving bullpens off field

SAN FRANCISCO -- Gabe Kapler and Scott Harris both went through the same drill earlier this week, standing near the home dugout at Oracle Park as a team photographer grabbed shots from their first days on the job. Behind the two new members of the brain trust, construction workers continued the work that started last month.

The Giants plan to make an official announcement about the changing dimensions of their ballpark, and the new locations of the bullpen, soon, but those who attended the press conferences this week -- and a TopGolf event the park hosted last week -- got a sneak preview. 

A chunk of the bleacher seats in right center have already been ripped out to make room for the new bullpens, and some seats have also been taken out in left center to accommodate other changes to the ballpark. But team president and CEO Larry Baer said the changes won't be drastic for hitters. 

"Triples Alley will still be Triples Alley, just with some refinements," Baer said. 

The Giants are still figuring out some of the exact details, but they know the bullpens will be side-by-side in center and right center. The kale garden will remain, although it sounds like there will be some changes to the dimensions out there because the center-field wall is coming in about six feet, which should please hitters. 

The deepest part of the park -- the nemesis for Brandon Belt and other left-handed hitters -- is 421 feet and will ultimately be closer to 410 feet when the construction is done, the Giants think. The Giants put a bar underneath the new scoreboard last season and plan to have additional changes, including a terrace, out there this year, continuing a trend around the game -- seen across the bridge in Oakland -- of having more gathering spots for fans. 

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Even as they held two press conferences last week, the Giants remained coy about their exact plans for the dimensions, but they expect to take out about 400 seats.

Some of those may be made up for in other spots. There is a short wall separating the old bullpens from the first row of seats and about 80 feet of that wall has been taken down on both sides of the park, which would seem to indicate that the Giants are going to add some premium seating in some of that territory.