BOSTON (AP) — The San Francisco Giants helped manager Bruce Bochy reach yet another milestone before his retirement at the end of the season.
San Francisco’s 11-3 rout of the Red Sox Wednesday night was Bochy’s 2,000th career victory as a manager in the majors.
“I’ve been lucky. I’ve been blessed to have been doing this this long. That’s what it means.” Bochy said.
Fans who stuck around Fenway Park were chanting Bochy’s name at the end, and Boston manager Alex Cora saluted from the opposite dugout, knowing the significance of what Bochy has achieved in 25 years of managing.
“That number just represents so many people, more than anybody are those players. Hopefully when they hear that number, they realize what a big part they had to do with it. It doesn’t happen without them.”
The Giants broke out champagne in the clubhouse for a postgame celebration, which included a few understated remarks from their beloved skipper.
“It was actually pretty relaxed and very Boch-esque. Just gave a little speech and said what he always says, how much he appreciates the guys. We know that, so that’s why we play so hard for him,” Jeff Samardzija, who took a no-hitter into the sixth on Bochy’s big night, said.
“You don’t want to let him down. When you have that respect for a manager, the team shows up every night and is always competing.”
Bochy won 951 games while managing the San Diego Padres over 12 seasons and is 1,049-1,047 in 13 years with San Francisco, which won three World Series titles with Bochy at the helm.
Cora opened his postgame remarks by congratulating Bochy.
“At this level that’s kind of like unreal. I think everybody that gets to do this job wish they could last that long and be able to do what he has done throughout his career,” said Cora, who is wrapping up just his second season as a manager in the majors.
“The way he’s gone about the business. I mean, he’s been amazing, so congratulations.”
The Giants helped Bochy reach 2,000 with just 10 games remaining in the season.
The 10 other managers to win 2,000 (Connie Mack, John McGraw, Tony LaRussa, Bobby Cox, Joe Torre, Sparky Anderson, Bucky Harris, Joe McCarthy, Walter Alston and Leo Durocher) are all Hall of Famers, and Bochy is sure to follow.
“He’s just a players coach, which I think is the ultimate compliment,” Samardzija said. “He understands the sacrifices we make. He understands the grind we go through. He hasn’t forgotten that.”