SAN FRANCISCO -- Bruce Bochy drove down to South San Francisco on Tuesday morning to enjoy breakfast with longtime clubhouse manager Mike Murphy. As the two walked around the area, Bochy was frequently stopped by Giants fans, many of whom wanted to thank him for helping to bring three World Series championships to the city over his 13-year tenure as manager.
More expressions of gratitude await Bochy this week as he enters his final homestand with the Giants. “Thank you, Boch” banners have been strewn all over Oracle Park this month, including Willie Mays Plaza. Giants players arrived from their road trip to find their lockers outfitted with new placards featuring a “Thank you, Boch” decal.
The Giants will honor Bochy with tributes from special guests throughout the week, culminating with a final farewell ceremony following Sunday’s regular-season finale.
“I’ll have some emotions running through me,” Bochy said Tuesday. “There’s no getting around that. I’m looking forward to watching our guys one last time here at home against Colorado and L.A. I’m going to keep myself busy, so I don’t think about it too much. But with that said, I’ve got a lot of friends coming in, so the emotions are going to be passing through me quite a bit here. I’m just thankful that I’ve had such a great time here. Thirteen years in this wonderful city and these fans. I’m going to enjoy this last week.”
For Bochy, that means savoring every moment that has become part of his managerial routine over the last 25 years: The walk to the ballpark and into the clubhouse; batting practice; even his daily sessions with the media.
“The fact that you guys are here listening to what I have to say, I’m savoring that. I can’t get my wife to do that,” Bochy joked.
“When you see something coming to an end, you have a deeper appreciation for everything that you’ve had,” he continued. “And that’s where I’m at.”
Bochy said he doesn’t have any big plans awaiting him once the season comes to an end. He plans on spending the early days of the offseason packing up his office, which he knows will be an involved task.
“There’s a lot of stuff in there,” Bochy said. “That’s a lot of packing to do.”
Bochy doesn’t expect to be heavily involved in the Giants’ upcoming managerial search, though he said he’ll be available to provide input to president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi. He believes his successor will inherit one of the most coveted managerial posts in baseball.
“He’s going to be one fortunate manager,” Bochy said. “He’ll be with a storied franchise that has such a great history. Beautiful ballpark. Beautiful city. Beautiful fans. There’s not a better place to manage in baseball, I’m convinced of that. He’s going to not just appreciate it, he’s going to love it. It’s just a great place. It changed my life when I came up here.”