David White: Bochy taught us what great lead­er­ship is

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - Front Page - BY DAVID WHITE

come on, guys. Don’t do this to King Cra­nium.

Bruce Bochy is tak­ing the next ride-share to the Hall of Fame when this 2019 Ma­jor League Baseball sea­son calls it a year. We’ve known that since Bochy steered the San Fran­cisco Giants to three World Se­ries ti­tles at the start of this decade. But, not like this.

Don’t make Bochy walk down You Have Got To Be Kid­ding Me Boule­vard from here to Coop­er­stown. Don’t crown his 81⁄8-size skull with an­other 100-loss ball­cap dur­ing this long stroll to the ever af­ter.

No one ex­pects you to give Bochy a fourth tro­phy as a go­ing-away gift, but you’ve got to do bet­ter than this start to the Farewell Tour.

Don’t turn this all-time great into Wil­lie Mays in a Mets jerOh, sey, think­ing he over­shot his re­tire­ment by a few years.

Play like this is your last sea­son. Play like you’re the one who never gets to do this again. Bochy’s earned at least that much.

He is one of 10 man­agers ever to win three World Se­ries ti­tles. He sits 11th on the all­time wins list, and he’d be even higher if he didn’t spend the first 12 years watch­ing the Padres be Padres.

Bochy won when the Giants were the best team in the land. Bochy won when the Giants were any­thing but. Bochy won be­cause he ca­joled, tweaked and milked ev­ery player for their ev­ery last con­tri­bu­tion to so­ci­ety, and then squeezed out some more.

He won with Barry Zito, for good­ness sake. That mer­its its own wing in the Hall.

CHANG­ING DI­REC­TION IN SAN FRAN­CISCO

My kids won’t un­der­stand this col­umn. My youngest was 3 years old when I took him to the 2010 cham­pi­onship pa­rade on Mar­ket Street in down­town San Fran­cisco. My three tax cred­its don’t know a world where the Giants don’t win in Oc­to­ber.

You and me re­mem­ber dif­fer­ent.

We know the sto­ries of Wil­lie Mc­Covey’s live drive out against the Yan­kees back in ’60-some­thing. We re­mem­ber the 100-loss sea­son with Frank

Robin­son, and Candy Mal­don­ado and the 1987 play­off loss to the Car­di­nals, and the Earth­quake Se­ries sweep to the A’s.

We do not re­mem­ber Dusty Baker pulling Russ Or­tiz from the 2002 World Se­ries Game 6, and the en­su­ing col­lapse, but only be­cause we pay a ther­a­pist who helps us to not re­mem­ber such things.

In short, life be­fore Bochy was a tor­tured ex­is­tence. The best thing we had go­ing was a Humm Baby jin­gle and a new ball­park with a view.

Bochy gave us de­liv­er­ance from all our child­hood mem­o­ries. He let us

IN SHORT, LIFE BE­FORE BOCHY WAS A TOR­TURED EX­IS­TENCE. THE BEST THING WE HAD GO­ING WAS A HUMM BABY JIN­GLE AND A NEW BALL­PARK WITH A VIEW.

jump like mad on the last day of the sea­son like we were 7 years old again.

LIFE LES­SON

He taught us grownups how to lead.

You don’t have to scream in peo­ple’s faces, or com­plain and moan about ev­ery bad call, or de­mand ac­cess to the most ex­pen­sive play­ers, or blame oth­ers for los­ing even when it’s their fault. He showed you can have a Big Head without get­ting a big head.

You can keep your cool, and be cool at the same time.

Know what’s not cool? Rid­ing Bochy off into the sun­set like this. Re­mem­ber that, Giants. Give this thing all you’ve got, be­cause this is all he’s got left.

ERIC RIS­BERG AP

San Fran­cisco Giants man­ager Bruce Bochy, who is re­tir­ing at the end of the sea­son, was honored in pre-game cer­e­monies be­fore the start of the home opener Fri­day at Or­a­cle Park. Bochy steered the Giants to three World Se­ries ti­tles at the start of this decade.

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