Bocock ready to swing his bat
Brian Bocock, a young infielder for the San Francisco Giants whose loud debut early last year was followed by a quick decline, is back this spring with what San Jose Mercury News sportswriter Andrew Baggerly calls “a stimulating tale.” Seems his problem last year was related to a circulatory condition that affected his fingers, so doctors prescribed a low dose of Viagra. Evidently it helps circulatory problems all over, not just down there. Well aware of the ironic ring of Bocock’s last name in this instance, Baggerly quotes the 24-year-old Bocock — pictured here in 2006 in his minor-league guise — endorsing the product, even though he was taking only a quarter of the normal dose. “Let’s put it this way,” Bocock says. “I can’t imagine what 100 milligrams does to you.”
What of the other members of last year’s Rookie B’s — middle infielder Emmanuel Burris, first baseman John Bowker, and second baseman Eugenio Velez? (Well, “V” is almost like “B.”) Bowker and Bocock are likely to start the year at Triple-A, and Burris and Velez have to compete with the likes of newly signed veteran infielder Edgar Renteria as well as newly healthy Kevin Frandsen, who missed all of last year. In fact, the Giants have almost too much talent — much of it somewhat inexperienced and little of it able to hit consistently above .285. That’s why they’re still looking for a bat.