Ray Black reveals how trade from Giants to Brewers led to brutal travel

Ray Black reveals how trade from Giants to Brewers led to brutal travel

SAN FRANCISCO -- As Andrew Suarez headed for Philadelphia late last month, he exchanged texts with River Cats teammate Ray Black, who was in Richmond, Virginia. Black was headed to his old Double-A ballpark for what he thought would be a one-game stop before a potential post-deadline call-up. 

Instead, Black soon found himself in a different organization, and in the middle of a hellacious travel stretch. 

The Giants' Triple-A affiliate was on the road in San Antonio for the trade deadline and team officials put four pitchers on the taxi squad to be prepared, knowing they would subtract from the big league bullpen. Black and left-hander Sam Selman left San Antonio a day before Suarez and Jandel Gustave, with the first two players going to Richmond to wait it out. 

But Black ended up being thrown into a deal with Drew Pomeranz, and while Pomeranz joined Milwaukee's bullpen right away, Black was sent back to Triple-A. The Brewers' affiliate is based in -- you guessed it -- San Antonio. Black was sent right back where he had just been, this time by the Brewers. 

"I was racking up the frequent flyer miles that week," Black told reporters in Milwaukee after he got called up Wednesday. "I wasn't expecting a trade. A lot of the talk around the deadline had been around some of our more veteran leaders going."

Black has been through it all in the minors and actually nearly retired a couple years ago. He had a good sense of humor about everything as he told the story to Brewers reporters, as Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel captured: 

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The trip was a bit easier for the other three taxi squad pitchers. Suarez and Gustave ended up getting to the ballpark in the fourth inning on deadline day and are still with the big club. Selman was activated, too, but he's back in Sacramento.

That brings us to the real hero of this story, by the way. Black's wife, Parras, had been traveling with him and recently documented on her Instagram page how she went all the way back to Sacramento to pack up their apartment. It all worked out for the two. Ray pitched a perfect inning Wednesday in his Brewers debut. 

Giants vs. Red Sox lineups: Bruce Bochy seeks 2,000th win at Fenway Park


Giants vs. Red Sox lineups: Bruce Bochy seeks 2,000th win at Fenway Park

The Giants play Game 2 of a three-game series at historic Fenway Park after an evening of events that even a movie script couldn't duplicate.

Mike Yastrzemski homered in the Giants' 7-6, 15-inning win on Tuesday night over the Red Sox, rounding the bases on the same field as his Hall of Fame grandfather. The teams also used a combined 24 pitchers to tie an MLB record

Jeff Samardzija will take the mound as Giants manager Bruce Bochy seeks his 2,000th career win. The Shark will face Boston for the first time since 2015 and is 1-2 with a 6.75 ERA in four career starts against the squad. 

On the other side of the ball, Jhoulys Chacin will face a Giants lineup that he has he has fared well against. He has gone 9-7 with a 3.06 ERA in 22 starts against San Francisco.

And yes, Grandpa Yaz should be in the stands on Wednesday night.

Here are how the lineups look to shape up as the Red Sox play host to the Giants. You can follow the action on NBC Sports Bay Area or by downloading and streaming on the MyTeams app.

San Francisco Giants (73-78)
RF Mike Yastrzemski
1B Brandon Belt
CF Kevin Pillar
LF Alex Dickerson
DH Stephen Vogt
SS Brandon Crawford
3B Cristhian Adames
2B Mauricio Dubon
C Aramis Garcia
RHP Jeff Samardzija (10-12, 3.72 ERA)

Boston Red Sox (79-71)
LF Andrew Benintendi
SS Xander Bogaerts
3B Rafael Devers
DH Christian Vazquez
RF Brock Holt
1B Mitch Moreland
CF Jackie Bradley Jr.
2B Marco Hernandez
C Sandy Leon
RHP Jhoulys Chacin (3-10, 5.44 ERA)

Mike Yastrzemski explains how special it is to play at Fenway Park

Mike Yastrzemski explains how special it is to play at Fenway Park

"Everybody dreams about going home and playing in front of their hometown."

When Giants rookie outfielder Mike Yastrzemski stepped on to the field at Fenway Park last night, he was home.

But it was more than just a place he grew up. He was back where it all started for his grandfather, Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski. But now it was Mike's turn to put on a show in front of Boston Red Sox fans.

Sure, it's a story you've heard repeated many times, but it's one that needs to be told. 

"I grew up as a diehard Red Sox fan, just like every kid growing up here," Mike said in an interview posted by the Giants.

Mike knew it was a special moment, but not just for him -- one for everyone who watched his grandfather play during his 23-year career. And he was happy to take advantage of it. 

"You never know if it'll happen again."

The media scrum engulfed the 29-year-old who took questions from the dugout. Then the two were reunited, walking along the field that witnessed the entirety of Carl's career.

MLB Network's Peter Gammons also spoke to Carl and Mike, and Carl compared seeing his grandson play at Fenway that of his 1967 season. The same season where Carl hit for the Triple Crown and led the league in multiple other categories including on-base percentage (.418), slugging (.622) and OPS (1.040). He also earned an All-Star selection, his sole MVP honor and a Gold Glove Award.  

Carl was thrilled knowing the Yastrzemski name would be announced at the park that night. And Mike knew the responsibilities it takes carrying that name.  

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"To be able to share an experience like this is special."

When it was time for Mike to take his first at-bat at Fenway of his professional career, he rightfully received a standing ovation and would later hit a home run. 

It was then we were reminded just how beautiful this game is.