What's buzzing:

Big League Stew

Thanks, Dad!: Bruce Bochy informs son Brett he’s been cut from Giants roster over dinner

Mark Townsend
Big League Stew

View photo

.

Brett and Bruce Bochy at Giants camp. (AP)

Nobody was expecting Bruce Bochy's son Brett to crack the San Francisco Giants opening day roster this year. In fact, at 25 years old, he may be a long shot to ever get that call since he's not really regarded as a top prospect and he's yet to discard the durability questions that have surrounded him since he was drafted in 2010.

Still, it can't be all that good a feeling when the official word comes down that your dream to big pitch in the big leagues won't be happening as soon as you'd hoped. And it has to be an extra awkward feeling when the person informing you that you've fallen short is your own father.

That was the unfortunate case for the younger Bochy on Thursday night, though his father did take a different route to informing him than he would for any of his other players.anAccording to Andrew Baggarly of Comcast Sports Net San Francisco, he actually did it in a face-to-face meeting over dinner, which may or may not have added to the awkwardness, but it certainly didn't take away from the disappointment.

“He was disappointed I didn’t bring him in (the office) to cut him,” the manager said, smiling. “Maybe I’ll do it tomorrow to make him feel better.”

I'm sure hearing the message one time will be plenty, but one can certainly understand why young Brett would want to learn his fate in the same manner as his teammates. It's difficult enough being the son of a coach or manager in any environment. I can only imagine how it would feel in a major league clubhouse, and being treated differently in any way can only make that feeling more awkward.

[Also: Dodgers pitcher Zach Greinke feels 'pretty good' after throwing session]

However, as things turn out, there really was a good reason why Bruce Bochy elected to go that route aside from being a good father attempting to brace his son for the 'bad news' (which is he'll be reassigned to Giants minor league camp). The skipper actually a full plate ahead of him on Friday as San Francisco had elected to cut an additional 20 players that day. Bochy was concerned he may not have time to get around to all of them, so he took advantage of the situation to work ahead a little bit.

Now, as for how Brett performed this spring: Unfortunately he was limited to just three appearances due to inflammation in his pitching elbow. I guess that would support the concern over his durability. He posted a 6.75 ERA during that time but says he learned a lot from pitching coach Dave Righetti that he can use going forward. That was his big takeaway from spending camp with the big league Giants.

[Baseball 2013 from Yahoo! Fantasy Sports: Join a league today!]

For Bruce, though, it was much simpler.

“You spend so much time away from your kids when you’re in baseball, and here he was every day,” Bruce Bochy said. “Just watching him pitch, go through the drills … he worked hard to get here and to this point, so I was very proud of him.”

Looking for more baseball chatter?
Follow @bigleaguestew, @Townie813, @AnswerDave and @MikeOz on Twitter
Also, check out the BLS Facebook Page

Baseball video from Yahoo! Sports:

Other popular content on Yahoo! Sports:
Memphis Tigers' win is big for NCAA bubble teams
Jason Terry not impressed with Heat's 21-game win streak
Report: MLB coming after players connected to PED clinic
Elvis Dumervil contract fiasco could shake up AFC power balance

View Comments (586)
  • U.S. sports executive pleads not guilty in FIFA bribery scandal

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. head of a Brazilian sports marketing company pleaded not guilty in a New York court on Friday to bribery-related charges, one of 14 people indicted on federal corruption charges that have rocked the soccer world's … More »

    Reuters - 38 minutes ago
  • Tennis-Cornet and Monfils raise French hopes in Paris

    * Federer and Sharapova ease into last 16 * Monfils survives five-set thriller * Cornet reaches fourth round for first time By Martyn Herman PARIS, May 29 (Reuters) - Just after lunch Alize Cornet collapsed on her back in joy and several hours … More »

    Reuters - 2 minutes 50 seconds ago
  • Bilbao coach Valverde faces daunting final against Barca

    Bilbao coach Valverde faces daunting final against Barca

    By Tim Hanlon BARCELONA (Reuters) - Athletic Bilbao coach Ernesto Valverde says he is facing one of the toughest tasks of his career as he looks to mastermind victory over La Liga champions Barcelona in the King's Cup final on Saturday. The … More »

    Reuters - 4 minutes 9 seconds ago
  • U.S. sports exec pleads not guilty in FIFA case

    The U.S. head of a Brazilian sports marketing company pleaded not guilty in a New York court on Friday to bribery-related charges, one of 14 people indicted on federal corruption charges that have rocked the football world's governing body, FIFA. … More »

    Reuters - 4 minutes 27 seconds ago
  • Tennis as art in Roger Federer's smooth progression at French Open; Sharapova gets job done

    Tennis as art in Roger Federer's smooth progression at French Open; Sharapova gets job done

    One of Roger Federer's 5-year-old twin daughters had her nose buried in a comic book. Shame, really, that they didn't look up, because the tennis their father wove on the French Open centre court verged on art. The canvas for Federer's strokes, … More »

    The Canadian Press - 4 minutes 49 seconds ago