“Bruce Bochy admitted he hadn’t given much thought to joining one of baseball’s most exclusive clubs,” as the San Jose Mercury News is reporting.
“On the brink of earning his 2,000th career victory as a major league manager, Bochy sat in the visitor’s dugout at Fenway Park before Wednesday’s game and downplayed what reaching the milestone would mean to him.
‘“I’ll be honest, that’s not a number I’ve ever thought about,’ Bochy said. ‘I know it’s a possibility it could happen this year.’
“When Bochy’s San Francisco Giants put the finishing touches on an 11-3 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday, the possibility became a reality and he could no longer ignore the significance of the accomplishment.
“Fans gathered behind the visitor’s dugout to chant Bochy’s name while Red Sox manager Alex Cora and his staff came out of the home dugout to acknowledge a manager who broke into an exclusive club with 10 games to spare.
“’I had some emotions going through me during that,’ Bochy said. ‘I’m just really overwhelmed by it to be honest.’
“With 11 days remaining until Bochy steps away from the dugout and rides off into retirement, he became the 11th manager in Major League history to record 2,000 wins. The 10 who joined the club before him are all in the Hall of Fame.”
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