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World Series sights and sounds: Flannery aims to bring his band to Sacramento

Flannery aims to bringhis band to Sacramento

Longtime Giants third-base coach Tim Flannery, who has surfed, sung vocals and strummed the guitar since his days as a utility infielder with the San Diego Padres, plays musical gigs throughout Northern California during the offseason, but he has not made it to Sacramento.

Flannery’s band, “Lunatic Fringe,” raises funds for numerous charities and causes, including the Bryan Stow Foundation.

“People from Sacramento keep asking when I’m going to get over there,” Flannery said before Game 5, “but I just haven’t had the time. I need some down time after all this. But I want to. I have to find a way to get over there.”

Everybody’s an expert

Giants manager Bruce Bochy guided the San Diego Padres to the 1998 World Series before leading the Giants to three appearances in the Fall Classic in the past five years. Besides gaining something baseball-wise from each experience, he said he reminds himself to cherish the moment.

“It is a long time in between getting to the World Series from ’98 to 2010,” he said. “I think each time you try to take in a little more. I try to bring all my family out so I can spend some time with them and spend more time with people at the ballpark.”

That said, Bochy arrives at the ballpark before his coaches and players and seeks quiet time in his office. Consider it a sort of pregame great escape.

“It gives me enough time to kind of get my thoughts and relax a little bit,” Bochy said, “because you are spending time with the family and your friends. It’s funny, when you are spending time with them after a game, they like to run through the whole game with you like you weren’t there.

“I have to remind them I was there. ‘Let’s talk about something else right now.’”

Bochy has way with words

Here’s another example of Bochy’s communication skills.

When asked before the game whether he was concerned because some of his players had experienced flu-like symptoms, he was as blunt as usual.

“Yeah,” he replied. “I hope this crud doesn’t run throughout the clubhouse. Pablo (Sandoval), I don’t think he had the same thing (Michael) Morse did. Morse had a fever. Pablo did throw up, but he felt great after that. It’s amazing how fast he came around. Timmy (Lincecum) did the same thing after whatever he had (before the Series opener).”

Et cetera

▪ Former Giants first baseman Will Clark will never forget the 6.9-magnitude earthquake that struck before Game 3 of the 1989 World Series between the Giants and A’s at Candlestick Park.

“Very fresh,” Clark, now a Giants coach, told The Associated Press. “There are a lot of memories you think about and you’re like, ‘Oh my goodness, that was pretty traumatic.’ After having been through it and being out on the field and being in the community for those next 10 days, it’s something that’s going to stick with me forever.”

The A’s swept the Giants after the series resumed.

▪ Former Giants batboy Darren Baker (son of Dusty), who was grabbed and rescued by J.T. Snow when he tried to retrieve a bat during the Giants-Angels World Series in 2002, was introduced before the game.

▪ Sandoval owned the franchise record for career postseason hits (47) before taking the field for Game 5.

▪ Entering Game 5, all 16 of Buster Posey’s hits in the 2014 postseason had been singles. The All-Star catcher had the highest batting average in Major League Baseball after the All-Star break.

Ailene Voisin,

The Associated Press

Editor’s note: This story was updated on Oct. 27 to correct the World Series game in 1989 that was disrupted by the earthquake.

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