Giants manager Bruce Bochy has had enough torture to last a lifetime.
His San Francisco teams became synonymous with the word earlier this decade, winning the World Series in 2010, 2012 and 2014 but not before experiencing dramatically up-and-down journeys in the regular season just to reach the postseason, and more in the playoffs before winning the pennant, let alone the Commissioner's Trophy. The Giants had to win the final game of the regular season in 2010, come back from a three-games-to-one series deficit in the 2012 NLCS and won a dramatic Game 7 in the 2014 World Series.
Bochy's 2,000th victory as an MLB manager — an 11-3 win over the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on Wednesday — was much less dramatic.
"Doing it in an easy way tonight, too," Bochy said to NBC Sports Bay Area's Amy Gutierrez after the game. "That's what I thank them for. No torture! Last night, you saw it again [in a 15-inning Giants win]. But it's a number that so many of us had something to do with, and I'm forever grateful."
The Giants' current three-game set with the Red Sox is just Bochy's fourth visit to Fenway Park as a big league manager and his third with the Giants. The orange and black have not played in the hallowed stadium since 2016, so plenty of visiting Giants fans -- and Bay Area-to-Boston transplants -- made the trip to Fenway during Bochy's final season.
A smattering of Giants fans sat behind the visiting dugout in the bottom of the ninth inning, and they chanted Bochy's name during his on-field interview with Gutierrez. Their support was not lost on the man who became the 11th manager in MLB history to win 2,000 games.
"It means a lot for them to be here and doing what they're doing," Bochy said. "It's really overwhelming at times."