Brett Bochy in first spring camp with manager dad

A little bit of playful razzing comes with the territory for

Brett Bochy. He gets it.

The pitcher is in his first big league camp for the San

Francisco Giants. And, his dad’s the manager.

”It’s pretty special to have your son here, I’m not going to

lie,” Bruce Bochy said Saturday.

Reliever Jeremy Affeldt plans to remind the right-hander about

it regularly – good-naturedly, of course.

”Only seven or eight times a day,” Affeldt said. ”We’re going

to ask him every day: `Where do we go? Who we putting in today,

Boch?”’

A quick poll around the clubhouse will tell you that Bochy’s

teammates know the pitcher earned this opportunity.

He has made an impression on the Giants’ brass nearly three

years after elbow ligament-replacement surgery. He went 7-3 with a

2.53 ERA and 14 saves in 41 appearances and 51 1-3 innings last

year for Double-A Richmond. Fatigued down the stretch last season,

the coaches plan to closely monitor his workload this spring

training.

A manager’s son being in camp is not unprecedented. Two years

ago, Detroit skipper Jim Leyland’s catcher son, Patrick, received a

spring training invite from the Tigers.

”All the guys have said it. They realize that it’s special.

It’s something to take in and really just enjoy and embrace it,”

Brett Bochy said. ”They’ve seen me over the past few years and

know I’m not just getting here because of my dad. I’ve pitched my

way here, earned my way here. Now it’s time to embrace it and enjoy

it.”

General manager Brian Sabean will certainly vouch for the

reliever.

With so many players from the reigning World Series champions

headed for the World Baseball Classic this spring, the Giants

needed some added depth for the exhibition schedule. Bochy plans to

use every opportunity to improve.

”He’s earned it. He had a real nice season,” Sabean said.

”Half the bullpen’s in the WBC, so he’s going to get a

chance.”

While Bruce Bochy caught his son on several occasions over the

winter back home in San Diego, they’re all business now. That

doesn’t mean when the work day is over and they leave the ballpark

that father and son won’t share a meal at the manager’s place.

”He doesn’t really get down (in the crouch) because he’s

getting up there, but he stills play catch with me. He’s there to

work with me,” Brett Bochy said. ”It’s special that he’s here

with me and to share this experience with him. Once we’re on the

field, he’s my coach. When we leave, he’s Dad again.”

Bruce Bochy watched his son’s first spring training bullpen

Wednesday from a few feet away. During Saturday’s first full-squad

workout at Scottsdale Stadium, he didn’t have a chance to see his

son.

”That’s a little added stress I don’t know if I needed to have

him here,” the skipper said. ”But I’m proud of him. He had a

great year last year. He’s worked hard to get to this point, he’s

earned this invite with the job that he did last year. He had a lot

to overcome with the Tommy John and he’s healthy. … It’s always a

neat thing to be out here and to have your son out here with

you.”

They don’t live together in Scottsdale. Brett Bochy stays at the

team hotel.

His roommate throughout the minors, Mike Kickham, is thrilled

about this chance.

”He’s definitely earned his way. Him being Bruce’s son has

nothing to do with him being here, he’s very talented and he gets

the job done on the field,” Kickham said. ”He has earned his way

here, and his performance speaks for itself.”

San Francisco selected Brett Bochy in the 20th round of the 2010

draft out of Kansas, two months after his elbow operation.

Brett Bochy isn’t thinking about where he will be placed this

season, though he hopes to be promoted to Triple-A Fresno.

”I’m going to come up here, see what they have to say, take it

all in and get better,” he said. ”You can only control what you

can control. You can’t control where you’re going to go after

spring training.”

Two-time NL Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum understands there

are certain challenges when your father’s the coach. His dad taught

him to pitch growing up in the Seattle area.

”Getting to see his face in here and out on the field is

different, just because he looks so much like Bochy,” Lincecum

said. ”It’s kind of cool and surreal. I’m glad for him and happy

for him that he gets the opportunity. He’s definitely earned it. He

deserves to be here. I remember when my dad was my coach, it was

kind the hardest part because you wouldn’t want to (tick) him off

all the time. You feel like everything you’re doing he’s watching

you and criticizing you. I’m pretty sure he’s probably feeling the

same way.”

Notes: World Series MVP Pablo Sandoval, who says he feels better

from a recent stomach issue, insists: ”I feel in shape, who cares

what other people say. I’m here to do my job.” He joked he

considered legally changing his name to Panda but opted against it.

”Like all the guys, we’ve got to get ourselves in condition and

game ready,” Bruce Bochy said. ”Although he’s been playing games,

it’s fair to say he’s got to shed a few, which he will.” Every

year it seems that Sandoval’s weight is a hot topic at spring

training, to which Bochy said, ”I don’t know if that question will

every go away, to be honest, some guys, it’s a battle for them.”

… INF Tony Abreu is nursing a strained left knee and quadriceps

and isn’t expected on the field until Monday or Tuesday. That’s the

only current injury, Bochy said. … Former Giants manager Felipe

Alou arrived to assist Sabean. The 77-year-old Alou is nursing a

sore right knee that he’ll have replaced after spring training.

”Bad knee, old knee,” he said. ”I cannot steal a bag.” …

Bochy plans to announce his opening day starter in a couple of

days.