Giants scout played central role in famous 'Naked Gun' baseball scene

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Giants scout played central role in famous 'Naked Gun' baseball scene

"I didn't realize what I was getting into."

Chuck Fick was reading a script to play a catcher in not just any movie. It was "The Naked Gun," the now-well-known 1988 comedic film starring Leslie Nielsen as Lt. Frank Drebin.

The final scene of the movie took place at a Major League Baseball game.

Fick, a former minor leaguer who’s now a scout for the Giants, played the Angels catcher in the film’s final sequence. He knew it wasn't your typical feature when he read there would be a game of pickle in which the umpires were involved.

"I knew something was up," Fick told Sporting News' Jason Foster last year.

Even though Fick had a "small part" in the movie, Foster made a good point. As the catcher, Fick was in just about every shot with Nielsen, who played the home plate umpire. Fisk had some close-ups and a few lines as well.

"When you do these pictures, you never know what they keep in or what they leave on the floor," Fick said. “But I was astonished on how much I was in the picture."

He also got to work with ... a bazooka?

In the scene below, the actress who portrayed Queen Elizabeth in the movie threw a pitch to Fick, and the movement created a corkscrew.

"It was on a wire, on a real thin wire," Fixk said. "And it was drilled through the ball. So when the guy shot it, he did a circular move with the bazooka, and that made the ball do its thing coming into my glove. It just went right in there. I wonder what the exit velo was on it."

But not all of it was Hollywood special effects. A real pitcher was on the mound.

"The guy who was the pitcher was a [real] pitcher," writer Jim Abrahams told Foster. "I think his fastball was like 92 or 93 mph. So I asked him if he'd throw me a pitch. And I swear I didn't see it. I don't know how guys hit those."

"I remember asking the pitcher … just to pitch to me. 'Give me a high hard one,' and he did. He put me down," said Pat Proft, another writer on the film. "He gave me a little chin music. I hit the deck. … I bailed out so quickly."

Abrahams, who also produced the movie, wanted to have the ending be at a sporting event. But having the famous "Enrico Pallazzo" reveal with Nielsen behind the umpire's mask was too perfect.

"Baseball was an obvious solution," Abrahams said.

In addition to the real pitcher, many ballplayers cameoed in the film. The filmmakers used players from the California League's San Bernardino Spirit. Joey Banks, son of Hall of Famer Ernie Banks, was the movie's baseball adviser.

But remember, they're ballplayers, not actors.

"You could be a great ballplayer, but once they say 'action,' your butthole gets tight," Banks said. "It's a whole other type of pressure that you face when you have the whole crew waiting on you to hit the ball to the right side and you don't do that."

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And as far as working with famed Nielsen?

"Leslie, he was just a natural," Fick said. "That's what made it so enjoyable."

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.