Bochy's Giants have enough pitching to throw a wet blanket over most teams, but the team is largely a bunch of spare parts. Bochy had several junkyard teams with the Padres. He's practiced at mixing and matching. For all the fiddling Bochy did from 1999-2003, he still endured five consecutive losing seasons. Four of his other seven Padres teams reached the playoffs.
Bochy likens these Giants to the misfits in "The Dirty Dozen," a World War II movie. Which would make him Lee Marvin's character -- the U.S. Army major assigned 12 American criminals convicted of capital offenses and charged with whipping them into shape for an invasion.
It's a cute analogy.
"To manage a team like this," said Giants bench coach Ron Wotus, a smart guy that Bochy inherited and retained, "you really open yourself up to a lot of second guessing because there are so many moves that have to be made. It's much easier to have five All-Stars on the team when you put the lineups out there and you let them go play. Seeing this club and where it's at, (Bochy) deserves a lot of credit."
Long ago, Joe stopped being surprised by anything Bruce does, especially in baseball.
"As a boy he used to tag along with me and basically started playing sandlot ball with players older than him by three, four years," Joe said. "He always held his own. He was fearless and not shy."