Giants' Farhan Zaidi blasts Scottsdale city councilman: 'F--k that guy'

Giants' Farhan Zaidi blasts Scottsdale city councilman: 'F--k that guy'

The Giants have been hosting spring training at Scottsdale Stadium since 1984. The organization has a great relationship with the city of Scottsdale, and has many staff members that work full-time from the Southwest.

But after city councilman Guy Phillips used the words "I can't breathe" during a recent anti-mask rally held at Scottsdale's City Hall, Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi felt compelled to respond.

“I mean, f--k that guy,” Zaidi said Thursday during a conversation with The Athletic's Andrew Baggarly. “You can quote me on that. F--k that guy.”

The phrase "I can't breathe" was uttered by both Eric Garner and George Floyd in their final moments before they died while in police custody.

“I think anyone would have difficulty getting beyond the abhorrent insensitivity of his statement,” Zaidi told Baggarly. “But even if you can get beyond that — the fact that this guy is condoning behavior that put our staff and players at risk? Like, seriously. F--k that guy. I can’t believe that that guy is a public official in this country. It’s unbelievable.”

Phillips sent out an apology on Thursday, saying "It was a stupid and insensitive comment that I shouldn’t have made, and I had no intention of disrespecting anybody while making that comment.”

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The Giants are working with the city on the team's new $50.6 million facility at Scottsdale Stadium, which will have a large public events space expected to be utilized for local events and conventions.

“I know we’ll have some internal conversations about that,” Zaidi said. “I don’t know how you could watch that and not be angry about it. And angry may be too simple a term. As for what recourse we have, I wouldn’t want to speak to that. But I’m f--king pissed about it. And I know I speak for a lot of people when I say that.”

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Duane Kuiper, Mike Krukow provide outlook on different 2020 MLB season

Duane Kuiper, Mike Krukow provide outlook on different 2020 MLB season

With Spring Training 2.0 opening up around Major League Baseball this weekend, no one is more excited about the return of our National Pastime than the legendary voices of Giants baseball, Duane Kuiper and Mike Krukow. 

“I’m thrilled," Kuiper said during a recent conversation. "I’m thrilled for me, personally, selfishly that I get to go to the ballpark and do a game with Mike. Now I can’t wait for the schedule to come out and drive to the ballpark. I’ll even be happy stuck in traffic driving to the park.”

“Well, he’ll be happy for like two days stuck in traffic.” Krukow said.

And there’s a lot to look forward to in what will be a season unlike anything we’ve ever seen before. Instead of a marathon, it’s become a 60-game sprint, which Krukow believes is a huge advantage for a team like the Giants.

“It’s a golden opportunity," Krukow said. "Everyone keeps talking about the rebuild. Well, the Giants have one of the older teams in baseball. What older teams have learned, especially the ones who have been champions, they learn the importance of chemistry. They learn the importance of a good attitude. And I think that is going to be paramount when they gather up.

"We thought the Giants had a great spring training. There was really a nice foundation being laid of a positive vibe. If they get off to a good start, it’s a sprint. They could be in the playoffs. And once they get into the playoffs, who knows what could happen.”

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