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What Bruce Bochy did with gifts he received during final Giants season

What Bruce Bochy did with gifts he received during final Giants season

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. 

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"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."

Kamala Harris, noted Giants fan, named Joe Biden's VP running mate

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Kamala Harris, noted Giants fan, named Joe Biden's VP running mate

A Bay Area native received a high honor Tuesday, as U.S. Senator Kamala Harris was picked by Democratic Presidential nominee Joe Biden to be his Vice Presidential running mate.

Harris was born in the Bay Area and is a noted Giants fan.

However, she did make a faux pas last year that might upset sports fans in the region.

While getting ready for a Democratic primary debate in July of 2019, Sen. Harris wore a Dodgers hat for a prep session with her team.

Sen. Harris' husband Douglas Emhoff, who is a Dodgers fan, poked fun at her with this tweet.

The Sacramento Bee, knowing that this might be an issue for Giants fans, reached out to Sen. Harris' campaign for a comment.

“She’s a Giants fan," spokeswoman Kirsten Allen told The Bee. "She had to borrow a hat today because she didn’t bring one."

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Coincidentally, Sen. Harris has posted photos with Emhoff on her personal Instagram account where he's wearing a Giants hat.

Despite the Dodgers hat slip up, Sen. Harris has made it clear that she's a diehard Bay Area sports fan. She has posted photos while wearing 49ers gear and at Warriors games with Emhoff.

Born in Oakland in 1964, the 55-year-old Sen. Harris served as the District Attorney of San Francisco from 2004 to 2011 and was the Attorney General of California from 2011 to 2017.

Now, the Bay Area sports fan becomes the first Black and South Asian woman to appear on the ticket for a major political party.

Barry Bonds' record-setting 762nd home run ball up for auction again

Barry Bonds' record-setting 762nd home run ball up for auction again

Nobody has ever hit more home runs in their MLB career than Barry Bonds. His 762 homers during his 22-year career still remains the all-time record.

That 762nd home run ball is a piece of history, and someone is going to own it soon.

The Action Network's Darren Rovell reported Tuesday the ball has been put up for auction. The bidding starts at $50,000.

The two-run homer came against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on Sept. 5, 2007, off of Ubaldo Jimenez in the first inning of the 5-3 win for the Giants. 

And this ball had a weird, historic journey since it was hit.

Jameson Sutton was the lucky fan who retrieved the ball, but it wasn’t as storybook as that. Sutton actually reached over the fence to make the catch which meant umpires could have ruled fan interference in what would have made a dent in history.

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This is also not the first time the ball has been up for sale. Back in April 2008, it sold for $376,612, according to John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle. 

Last year, it sold for $282,900 at auction.

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