SAN FRANCISCO – Managers David Bell and Gabe Kapler have said they have left their clubs Slap hear ’round baseball in the past, but San Francisco Giants fans certainly haven’t forgotten about it.
Tommy Pham heard a loud hoot during the pre-game line-up introduction and an even louder hoot when he first came to the plate on Friday at Oracle Park. This is the first time Pham has played for the Giants since he punched Jock Pederson during practice last month, a row that arose over their fantasy football league.
Most Reds pitchers wore a red “Fam!” Shirts during Friday’s pre-game warm-up by Cincy Shirts with a title in the style of the old Pow!
Neither Pham nor any of the Reds’ position players wore the shirts that were scattered around the club’s building during the team’s last home stand. The Giants wore T-shirts that read “Fantasy Football 101: Hiding players in IR is not cheating” before one game earlier this month.
Pederson told reporters that he hoped fans would respect Pham throughout the three-game series.
“It’s not something special — no one here has talked about it for a long time, so it’s definitely over,” Bell said. – I’m sure I’m saying it.
Kapler said: “Our club really got through it. I share Jock’s opinion that we have some incredible, supportive fans, but we always want them to be respectful of us as well.”
The Reds targeted Lodolo’s comeback around July 4 or 5 in their home series against the New York Mets. He is expected to hit five innings in his next rehab start (85-90 pitches) so he will be ready for a regular workload when he returns.
The Reds will have a doubleheader against the Pittsburgh Pirates on July 7, so they will naturally need a six-man rotation.
“We really want to get him back,” Bell said. “He delivers well. He needs to be here to serve, but at the same time we want to do it in the best way for him.”
Reds return: Donovan Solano returns to San Francisco
Donovan Solano was asked if he expected any reaction from Giants fans when he came to the plate on Friday, his first game against his former team, and Solano laughed.
“Not at all,” said Solano, who has spent the past three years with the Giants. “I know the organization and my teammates are taking care of me. I have a good relationship there, but the fans, I don’t know. I don’t expect anything. If they say anything, I will enjoy it. I’m happy for it. It’s nothing important. I remember and I can take all the good memories with me.”
Solano received applause when he was first introduced at bat and several fans gave him a round of applause.
He was grateful to the Giants for giving him the opportunity to compete in the majors after spending the 2017 and 2018 seasons in the minor leagues. Solano won the Silver Slugger Award for second basemen in 2020, and last year he helped the Giants to the division title.
“Playing here means a lot to me,” Solano said. “This is the team that opened the doors to the opportunity to return to the big leagues.”
Solano had hoped to return to the Giants when he became a free agent last offseason before signing a one-year, $4.5 million deal with the Reds, but he knew it was on the wall as Tyro Estrada was ready to step into his old role.
“I knew (Estrada) when he was with the Yankees,” Solano said. “I know his identity. I know how he is. I know he is a workaholic. I told him last year, “If I’m not here, I hope you can do it the way everyone expects.” I know he can do it.”
This article originally appeared in the Cincinnati Enquirer: The Reds’ pitchers wear Tommy Pham-themed shirts before the game against the Giants.