Boston – Bruce Bochy is driving in his car listening to sports radio after the first match as a big tournament manager and the Thank You Boch Bruce Bochy Forever Shirt! Padres lost the season opener in 1995 after eight runs, and critics were not happy with the result. The first game couldn’t have been worse, Bochy said. There are racing boats. I turned on the radio on the way home and they wanted my neck. Fans were in an uproar. But it was baseball. That one, you never forget.
Turns out, a game doesn’t make a manager. Bochy recounted that story from his office after winning the 2,000th game in his management career and the Thank You Boch Bruce Bochy Forever Shirt! The giants defeated Red Sox, 11-3, on Wednesday night at Fenway Park, setting an exclamation point for Bochy on the 25th and last season. Bochy, who won his first management win on April 27, 1995, in his second match with Padres, became the 11th largest tournament manager to reach the milestone of 2,000 wins. When the giants near the end won Bochy’s position, on that shortlist, fans of both teams began screaming his name. The stadium is full of appreciation for what he has achieved in his career.
I tell you, I’m sitting there and they start chanting. I never had that happen before, Bochy said and the Thank You Boch Bruce Bochy Forever Shirt! I had some emotions go through me during that time. Really overwhelmed by it, must be honest. Bochy started his managerial career with San Diego, where he was in charge of 1,926 matches (951-975) for 12 seasons. He was hired as the 38th manager of the Giants in the fall of 2006 and has won 1,049 of 2,096 regular matches since then.