Kevin Frandsen

Ex-Giant Kevin Frandsen describes time Bruce Bochy bashed TV with bat

Ex-Giant Kevin Frandsen describes time Bruce Bochy bashed TV with bat

Not all of us remember what it was like to watch Bruce Bochy hitting as an MLB player. His days wielding a baseball bat ended in 1987.

Or did they ... ?

The former Giants manager once lost his cool and took it out on a clubhouse TV, as former Giants infielder Kevin Frandsen explained.

“My locker was right there, right when you walked into the clubhouse, straight on,” Frandsen said in an interview with KNBR. “Bochy walks in … he’s not graceful when he walks, he just kind of lumbers in there and he was pissed. And we knew he was pissed. We were playing bad."

Frandsen spent five total seasons across his nine-year career with the Giants, including 2007-2009 with Bochy at the helm. Frandsen admitted he had "screwed up" a couple of games before, but this tirade didn't appear to be related to that, making him wonder why Bochy was as mad as he was.

"I’m like ‘Man, I’m good, what’s he all pissed about’ -- he’s walking towards me," Frandsen added. "This is not good. He just goes right by me, into my locker and there’s my bat that’s sitting right there, and he looks at it and gives me like a grunt, the old grunt that he does."

“He walks over to the TV and he gives it one whack. It doesn’t go. It pisses him off even more, and he obliterates the next screen. He walked back over (to Frandsen’s locker), said maybe one little thing, puts the bat back in the locker and walks right to his office."

So what was the reason that Bochy was so upset? Golden Tee, the golf arcade game.

Frandsen, now an announcer for the Philadelphia Phillies, admitted that the players were playing the arcade game in the back until 7:00, for a 7:15 game. All TVs were supposed to be off starting around 6:30 - 6:45.

The Giants didn't have a ton of rules, but this rule was one that clearly couldn't be broken, Frandsen added. 

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After the fiasco, they heard Bochy loud and clear.

“Everyone’s sitting there like, ‘Oh yeah, we got the message! Hey, TVs off 6:45 here we go fellas!’ I mean it was frightening. That’s Boch. There you go.”

Watch ex-Giant Kevin Frandsen drop foul ball during Phillies broadcast

Watch ex-Giant Kevin Frandsen drop foul ball during Phillies broadcast

“I didn’t even move!”

Kevin Frandsen, who played for the Giants from 2006-09 and again in 2015, is now part of the Philadelphia Phillies radio broadcast team. During a game Wednesday night in Arizona, Frandsen had a foul ball hit right to him in the broadcast booth. 

Let’s just say it wasn’t exactly a web gem for the former infielder.

Although Frandsen is on the Phillies radio broadcast, the NBC Sports Philadelphia television crew was able to catch the blunder on video.

Frandsen, to his credit, took it in stride and can be seen waving to the crowd in jest at Chase Field later in the video.

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Maybe he’ll get another chance in front of his former team as the Phillies begin a four-game series in San Francisco on Thursday night.

Barry Bonds, former players react to Giants' Peter Magowan's passing


Barry Bonds, former players react to Giants' Peter Magowan's passing

Peter Magowan didn't wait long to make an impact after his ownership group purchased the Giants in 1992. 

Before the purchase was complete, the Giants signed Bay Area native Barry Bonds to a record-breaking six-year contract. Bonds, whose father was former Giant Bobby Bonds, was widely considered one of the best players in baseball and his signing brought instant credibility to the new ownership group.

Magowan passed away on Sunday, and Bonds paid tribute to the man who helped bring the eventual home-run king to San Francisco.

Bonds' godfather, Giants legend Willie Mays, was Magowan's favorite player growing up in New York. The two became close when Magowan took the reigns of his childhood team, and Mays said in a statement that he lost "a great, great friend."

"Peter Magowan has been a part of my life for a long, long time, first as a fan watching me play in New York, and then, remaining a fan when we moved to San Francisco," Mays said. "Along the way, he became my friend. Peter would call me often to check in. He and Debby cared about me, and it was so easy to care about them in return. It's hard to find the right words just now, but in losing Peter, I've lost a great, great friend. He was like my godfather. No one can replace him."

A host of other current and former Giants also shared their respects.

Lynn Crawford, mother of Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford, said in an Instagram post that Magowan keeping the Giants in San Francisco helped make her "son's dream a reality."

The Giants are set to honor Magowan in their Wall of Fame on Feb. 9.