With his big ol' Country Bear Jamboree voice, San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy wields an underrated sense of humor and delivery from time to time. One of them was on Friday night when Fox Sports television cameras picked up one of his funny exchanges during a 5-0 NLCS Game 5 win over the St. Louis Cardinals.
With his third baseman Pablo Sandoval grimacing in pain after fouling a Lance Lynn curve ball off his foot in the first inning, Bochy took a break from checking on his player to turn to Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina. What he delivered was a simple instruction that got an amused look from the home plate umpire.
"Don't call that pitch any more."
Ah yes, catcher humor. To that point, Molina had called for Lynn's curveball on three of the four pitches that Kung Fu Panda had faced. And while you think Yadi might possess enough stubbornness to call a curveball once Bochy had returned to the dugout, he ended up calling for two straight fastballs to retire the hobbled Sandoval on a strikeout.
While Sandoval looked to be favoring the foot afterward, he hit a home run to lead off the top of the eighth inning to finalize the 5-0 final score. Bochy said afterward the Sandoval is fine and expects to play in Sunday's Game 6.
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