Giants series a homecoming for Bay Area-native Hale
SAN FRANCISCO -- The series with the Giants is a homecoming for D-backs manager Chip Hale, who grew up in the Bay Area and also spent the previous three seasons as bench coach for the A's.
"Every time I come to this ballpark or play against the Giants or the A's, it's a warm spot for me," Hale said. "I've got a lot of family and friends here, people that are the reason I'm here. I wouldn't be here without all the coaching I had throughout my youth."
Don Miller, who coached Hale at Campolindo High School and in American Legion ball, was in the dugout and on the field while the D-backs took batting practice.
"He was just born to coach," Miller said of Hale.
Miller said that when Hale was a freshman and his team won a semifinal game, the coaches prepared to go scout the other semifinal game.
"And he says, 'Hey coach, could I come with you guys?'" Miller said. "So here's a 15-year-old, 14-year-old kid wanting to go watch the other team and hang out with the coaches and see what we were doing. You just knew. It's in his blood."