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Hensley hopes to make different SF history

Posted on: February 19, 2012 6:05 pm
Edited on: February 19, 2012 6:12 pm
 
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Hang around long enough, you never know where the wind will blow you next. And so it is for right-hander Clay Hensley, who is in camp attempting to win a job in the San Francisco bullpen.

The six-year veteran already has a place in Giants lore: He was the pitcher who served up Barry Bonds' record-tying 755th home run on Aug. 4, 2007.

"It's not something I want to be defined by," Hensley said Sunday morning. "I wasn't the first guy to give up a homer to him, and I wasn't the last guy.

"It's not that big a deal to me."

Maybe not, but Hensley's name will remain permanently stamped on the baseball trivia pages. Bonds' 755th, which tied home run king Hank Aaron, came in Petco Park of a game won by the Padres, 3-2. Bonds rifled a Hensley pitch over the left-field fence to tie Aaron, then hit record-setting No. 756 four nights later in San Francisco against the Nationals' Mike Bacsik.

Hensley, who went 6-7 with a 5.19 ERA in 37 games (nine starts) for the Marlins last year, signed a one-year, $750,000 deal with the Giants over the winter. He does not arrive as an unknown: The Giants drafted him in 2002 out of Lamar (Tex.) University, and Bruce Bochy was the Padres manager in two of Hensley's four seasons pitching in San Diego.

"Am I going to go around signing pictures of 755?" Hensley said good-naturedly Sunday. "Probably not. But I did get a nice bat out of it."

Yes, Bonds sent over a bat -- but not the bat.

Sunblock Day? A little on the cool side at 63 degrees (darn right that's cool, we have high expectations here), but mostly sunny and bright.

Likes: At a benefit in late January, Giants third base coach Tim Flannery and friends raised $60,000 for the Bryan Stow Fund. And attention Deadheads: Check out this cool video of Bob Weir and Flannery doing the Grateful Dead classic Friend of the Devil at the show. "Bob let me sing," Flannery said, beaming. ... Tim Lincecum, a ghostly shade of white, describing why he's happy to get out of Seattle and land in Arizona. "I need the sun. I mean, look at me." ... Totally charmed by Hugo, the Martin Scorsese 3-D flick. And I'm not much for 3-D. ... Go-to place for lunch during spring camp: Subway. It's quick, reasonably healthy and light enough that I can usually get in a late-afternoon run without paying for my lunch sins.

Dislikes: Bronx cheers to the Giants, who have told the nice lady named Kay, who sits outside of their spring clubhouse and checks media credentials, that she cannot read or knit while manning her post. Something about needing to be professional. It's spring training, for crying out loud. Besides, I was looking forward to learning what she was knitting this year.

Rock 'n' Roll Lyric of the Day:

"She must feel it's awkward
Oh, I said it's Arizona"

-- Arizona, Kings of Leon
Comments

Since: Dec 31, 2008
Posted on: February 21, 2012 10:13 pm
 

Hensley hopes to make different SF history

You can read, right? Just checking, since it clearly states that Hensley is trying to break into the Giants BULLPEN, and not the starting rotation.

And even if Barry Zito has been am epic dissapointment, its not very likely a guy with an ERA north of 5 is going to take a rotation spot from a guy making $18M/year.

Hensley isnt going to be a SP for the Giants at all, barring a rash of inuries to at least 4-5 other guys on the MLB team and in AAA, but thats not what we even signed him for. He's another BP arm, potentially, and since we got him cheap, it doesnt matter a whole lot what happens with him. If he makes the team out of spring training with good pitching, he's just another option for Bochy out of the bullpen.



Since: Dec 24, 2011
Posted on: February 19, 2012 8:17 pm
 

Hensley hopes to make different SF history

Hensley has his work cut out for him to breal into the Giants rotation, since they had 4 of the top 11 pitchers in ERA last year.  Oh wait, the Giants still have Zito. Maybe Hensley will have an easy time being the 5th started after all.


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