Bruce Bochy hated to think of last season as a retirement tour, but there was so much respect around baseball for his accomplishments that there was no chance his fellow managers were going to let him leave their cities without a going-away gift.
Just about every time the Giants landed back in San Francisco, the former Giants manager was carrying an extra bottle of wine, or personalized drinkware, or a certificate for a fishing trip.
You would think he's had plenty of time to get through all those gifts since managing his last game in September. But Bochy has stayed busy, working for the Giants as a special advisor and managing Team France before the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak ended World Baseball Classic qualifying. On "Wine Wednesday" with Amy Gutierrez, Bochy went through the list of going-away gifts.
The bottle of wine that A's manager Bob Melvin gave him?
"Gone. Drank it," he said. "Shared that with the staff."
The 1942 Don Julio that Sergio Romo brought to his office in Miami? He got into that, too.
"It's still there," he said, "But partly used."
Bochy said the unpacking process has been slow because he has been sheltering in place with his son's family in the Bay Area, not at his home in the San Diego area. There are bottles of bourbon and personalized rye glasses that did survive the 85-loss season, and he hasn't had a chance to go on the fishing trip the Padres gifted him. That was planned but got canceled when quarantine rules went into effect, along with the fly fishing trip the Arizona Diamondbacks gave him.
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This was going to be the first season in 26 years without Bochy on the top step of a dugout, and he told Amy G that he was enjoying his time away. While some have compared this layoff to the 1994 strike, Bochy, who began his managerial career the next season with the San Diego Padres, said it's much different.
"This thing is scary," he said.
"What's happening now is, of course, the health of everybody," he said. "Health was not the issue then. It was a business decision. That's what makes this probably a little more difficult, too, the fact that you can't do anything."