What's your stance on gum/sunflower seeds/tobacco use in the dugout?
It's an individual decision, but I've never been a big tobacco guy. I tried it in high school a couple times, and threw it back up. That got me turned off it. I'm more a bubble gum guy. But seeds now, man, the flavors are better, so I don't know. They've got ranch now, and BBQ. Even dill pickle flavor.
Best dugout story, go...
We were playing in San Diego, Barry Bonds and Jeff Kent got into a little scrap. It was all caught on TV. We're sitting there, they're jawing with each other, and they kind of got into it, and we had to jump in and break it up. There's a lot of things that go on that you never see.
Remember when Jeff Kent broke his hand and said he did it while washing his truck when really he got in a motorcycle accident or something?
I was there the day he came in. I was talking to our trainer, Jeff came up, said he needed to talk to him, next thing we knew he had a broken hand. But we didn't know how he did it.
What's the strangest thing you've ever signed?
I don't know if you can print that. Strangest thing I ever signed was a pregnant lady's belly. She was eight months pregnant, whipped up her shirt, and I signed her belly by her navel. Kind of bizarre.
What about fan mail, anyone ever send you anything weird?
Not too weird. Most fan mail is usually pretty good, people wanting to sign things, you get pictures of women, or whatever, yeah, um... It's just... funny. There's not too many like that, but every now and then there's a crazy fan dressed in something, um... crazy.
Wow. What're they dressed in?
It's not too bad, but I don't want to say. You just kind of show it to your teammates, "Check this out", then you tear it up and throw it away.
You ever try to sit in Barry's recliner in the locker room?
I might've sat in it once to try it out.
Was it comfortable?
It was pretty nice. My son, when he was 4 or 5, he climbed in it one day, he'd been eating a candy bar so he had chocolate on his hands, got it all on his chair. Barry comes in, "There's chocolate on my chair. Who got this all over my chair?"
Have any eccentric teammates?
Marvin Benard, he played center field for us, he was pretty out there. He'd say some stuff to you, do some stuff that would just make you scratch your head.
The guy could go get four hits, then the next day he's working on a different batting stance. It's like what are you doing?
Giants repeat, yes or no?
I think they've got a chance if they stay healthy, if they pitch the way they're capable of pitching. I'd like to see them match up with the Phillies in the postseason.
Did you wear a red thong last season, you know, to show support?
I did not. No. I'm not a thong wearer.
Where'd you guys go out in San Francisco when you were playing?
Most guys didn't live in the city, they lived down on the Peninsula. Now more guys live in the city, so they go out more. Back then, when the games were over, guys just kind of would go home. There was more hanging out on the road though. On the road, we had the one o'clock lunch bunch. We'd meet at one and go to lunch together.
That's a pretty cool nickname.
Yep... one o'clock lunch bunch.
You were the last guy in the 20th century to successfully pull off the hidden ball trick. Where did you hide it?
I had it in my glove. Odalis Perez, pitcher for the Dodgers got an infield hit. He was jumping around, the first base coach was patting him on the back. It just dawned on me neither would see me throw it back to the pitcher. The pitcher looked at me, he got it, he just had to stay on the grass. I was actually nervous. If it doesn't work it looks cheap. So the pitcher, he cleaned his cleats, picked up the rosin, Odalis Perez jumped off the bag to get a lead and I tagged him and showed the ump the ball. It was the third out of the inning, the Candlestick crowd just went crazy.
Who would you say was the least self-conscious about walking around the clubhouse naked?
I tell you what, we didn't have anyone that really did. Guys last year, that team was totally different. These guys are hanging out, not caring. We didn't have anybody that did that really. We had a pretty modest team.
Does anyone ever confuse you with the singer of "Informer"?
No. I have no idea who that is. Did I look like him?
Not really. Do you licky boom boom down?