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Former Giant Jake Peavy wants to party with Bruce Bochy, Tim Lincecum

Former Giant Jake Peavy wants to party with Bruce Bochy, Tim Lincecum

Former Giants pitcher Jake Peavy grabbed a microphone Sunday at Oracle Park as past players honored manager Bruce Bochy. Peavy thanked the skipper for all he did for him over his 15-year MLB career, and then, Peavy got a bit sidetracked. 

The former three-time All-Star brought up a memory off the field he will forever remember with Bochy. Peavy talked about being on country singer Willie Nelson's tour bus with Bochy, though the details remain a secret. 

Peavy did give a hint to NBC Sports Bay Area's Amy Gutierrez what he hopes to do with his former manager and another Giants legend, though. 

“I can tell you this, Timmy Lincecum’s in town and we may be onto something a little bit later here now that Boch is free of these drug tests from the San Francisco Giants," Peavy said. 

Bochy managed Peavy in eight of the former Cy Young award winner's 15 seasons in the big leagues between the Padres and Giants. Peavy said Bochy taught him how to be a professional and completely shaped his baseball career. 

Peavy says Bochy also showed him the importance of balance, too. 

“He was a constant professional, but you know, he liked to hoot it up. He liked to have fun, and he can find that balance within having fun and showing up on time," Peavy said. "… To me, that’s what life’s about: Finding that balance in between being a professional -- being on time and being accountable -- and then having fun along the way and enjoying the ride.

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"I think when Boch looks back, he’s gonna have a lot of fun memories, not just in baseball, but off the field as well.” 

Despite an ugly 9-0 loss to Dodgers, Bochy enjoyed his party at Oracle Park in his finale as the Giants' manager. And it sounds like the party could last a little longer off the field, too.

Brad Ausmus shares funny story about Bruce Bochy, tuna sashimi and an iPhone


Brad Ausmus shares funny story about Bruce Bochy, tuna sashimi and an iPhone

As Bruce Bochy entered the final days of his managerial career, his many friends around Major League Baseball seemed eager to talk about him in NBC Sports Bay Area’s “Toast to Boch.”

They picked on Bochy’s golf game, which he admits isn’t that great. They also shared some inside stories, such as a wine-filled dinner in Montreal, and overall showed their love and admiration for the Giants manager, who will retire after Sunday’s game at Oracle Park.

Then Brad Ausmus, who played for Bochy on the Padres and now manages the Angels, delivered a shocking revelation …

Bruce Bochy once tried to dip tuna sashimi into his iPhone.

No, really. That happened.

Ausmus’ explanation for why? Because the iPhone “looked just like soy sauce.”

“To this day, it is the funniest thing I’ve ever seen in my life,” Ausmus said, “and I will never, ever laugh harder than I did that night when Boch tried to dip his sashimi into his iPhone. I loved that, Boch.”

Check out “Toast to Boch” at 4:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Sunday on NBC Sports Bay Area, and hear Ausmus tell the story himself.

How Bruce Bochy got friend Tim Flannery back into coaching with Giants

How Bruce Bochy got friend Tim Flannery back into coaching with Giants

When Bruce Bochy was about to take the Giants' managerial job ahead of the 2007 season, he called an old friend.

Tim Flannery had worked as Bochy's third-base coach in San Diego from 1996 through 2002, but hadn't coached since. 

"I was walking my dog with my wife," Flannery recalled to NBC Sports Bay Area in "Toast to Boch," a one-hour TV special saluting the retiring Giants manager. "I was out of the you game, and you said, 'You got one more ride left in ya?' You sent me [episodes of the 1985 miniseries] "Lonesome Dove," a couple old farmers kicking pigs around, right? You said, 'I need ya.' I left everything to come up here. My wife looked at me and said, 'You're going again?' [I said,] 'Boch says they're trying to win up here.'"

They didn't just try. Flannery, who played with Bochy for five seasons in San Diego, once again served as his third-base coach in San Francisco and coached the Giants through their most successful period since the franchise moved to the Bay Area.

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The Giants won three World Series, their first in San Francisco, from 2010 through 2014. After two losses in the Fall Classic playing and coaching alongside Bochy in San Diego in 1984 and 1998, Flannery and Bochy finally lifted the Commissioner's Trophy as Giants.  

"You're the only manager I worked for -- 15 years," the current NBC Sports Bay Area analyst said. "You took me to five World Series -- two as a player. We won three. You took me to three All-Star Games. I never would've gone to those places without you. I can't thank you enough."

If you missed the Saturday night premiere of “Toast to Boch,” you can catch re-airings Sunday at 4:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. on NBC Sports Bay Area.