SAN FRANCISCO Giants manager Bruce Bochy made a statement in support of 49ers quarterback Alex Smith.
Bochy wore a red 49ers cap in the dugout before the Giants' series finale against the Colorado Rockies on Thursday, a day after Smith said he'd been fined $15,000 last season by the NFL for sporting a Giants hat after games though the fine was later dropped.
"That's why I'm wearing this hat," Bochy said. "We're having fun with this. It's our way of supporting him for supporting us. We're all 49er fans here. This is in honor of Alex. I'm glad he didn't have to pay the fine. That's good news."
Bochy had seen Smith in the Giants hat and sees Smith, the No. 1 overall draft pick from 2005, when he attends games at AT&T Park to support the Giants.
"I've seen him out here, and I was aware he was wearing the Giants hat," Bochy said. "That's pretty neat. That's why I'm wearing this. We appreciate their support."
Smith and the reigning NFC West champion 49ers (2-0) play Sunday at Minnesota. The Giants are closing in on their second National League West title in three years after winning the World Series in 2010. So San Francisco's teams are getting plenty of attention these days.
Bochy and 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh have exchanged messages, too. Bochy hopes to meet Harbaugh and attend a practice after the baseball season.
"I'm a big 49ers fan," Bochy said. "Since I've been here, I've always followed them. What a great club they are. Great team, tremendous defense, coach Jim Harbaugh and the quarterback. They're solid. Tremendous year last year and they're going to have another great year this year."
Walking through the locker room at the 49ers' headquarters in Santa Clara, Smith was told about Bochy's hat.
He smiled and said: "Oh, yeah, sweet. Five's the magic number, right?"
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