Sunday, May 3, 2009

Giants lower their (music) standards

I’m at AT&T Park today and, before the game in the Giants clubhouse, I heard something I never thought I’d ever, ever hear blaring out of the team’s music speakers.

A Miley Cyrus song.

That’s right. The 49ers had Joe Montana in their locker room and the Giants have Hannah Montana in theirs.

By tradition, the starting pitcher usually picks or decides what pre-game music is played to get him in the right mood. Well, Barry Zito apparently can’t be blamed for the Cyrus selection because he wasn’t hanging out by his locker room before the game. The culprit appeared to be Giants ace reliever Brian Wilson, who was the last person seen near the team’s CD player. His finger prints are all over it.

It breaks my achy, breaky heart.

Zito wasn’t the only Giants player who made himself scarce before the game. Randy Johnson, in a veteran move, ducked out a side door to avoid reporters who were waiting to ask him about his sore back. Giants manager Bruce Bochy revealed before the game in his office that Johnson hurt his back reaching for a ball on Saturday but it’s no big deal. Johnson is listed as day to day and his back was strong enough to allow him to long toss in the outfield prior to the team’s game against the Rockies.

The biggest news of the day was Bochy’s wallet is a little lighter. He bet that Ricky Hatton would defeat Manny Pacquiao in their 140-pound boxing title fight on Saturday night. Pacquiao won with a second-round knockout. Bochy joked that he would not fine his players to recoup his betting losses.


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