NEWS AND NOTES FROM DAY 9 – The Giants worked out from 10:00 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. today, the longest practice has gone thus far this spring. Players worked on fundamentals then took batting practice.
WE’RE LIVE! – For the first time this spring, Giants pitchers faced Giants batters in live batting practice. It was somewhat of a dangerous live bp as Hector Sanchez drilled Matt Cain in the leg with a line drive comebacker and Jeremy Affeldt hit Pablo Sandoval in the side with a fastball. Both Cain and Sandoval were okay. Buster Posey faced live pitching for the first time since his season ended last year.
QUOTE OF THE DAY – “I don’t think I’ve ever been that excited to take live bp, ever!” Buster Posey on taking live batting practice for the first time today.
SAY HEY! – Willie Mays made a brief appearance this morning, sitting in the Giants clubhouse and talking with players, coaches and staff. Mays usually comes in a few times a week and it’s fun watching all the rookies ooh and aah the Hall of Famer.
PAT THE BAT – Former Giants outfielder Pat Burrell made a surprise visit this morning. He immediately walked onto the field as the players were practicing and gave Aubrey Huff a big hug.
LIGHTS! CAMERA! – Comcast Sports Net Bay Area’s Amy Gutierrez arrived in camp today to do sit down interviews with Giants players and coaches. Comcast will use these interviews during the broadcasts throughout the regular season. The MLB Network was also in Giants camp today with Matt Vasgersian conducting interviews.
COMING UP – The Giants will have an intrasquad game on Thursday, March 1.