Bruce Bochy uses his head to get Alex Smith’s back

San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy used his rather large head to get Alex Smith’s back.

During his pre-game meeting with reporters, Bochy twisted a 49ers hat on in a show of solidarity.

Yesterday, Smith was threatened with a $15,000 fine from the league for wearing non-approved gear in post-game press conferences for supporting the local baseball team.

This is our way of supporting him for supporting us,” Bochy said, via CSNBayArea.com. “And we’re all 49ers fans here so this is in honor of Alex. I’m glad he didn’t have to pay the fine. That’s good news.”

Bochy said he wasn’t worried about getting a threat of a similar fine from baseball officials.

“I don’t think so; I hope not,” Bochy said. “We’re having some fun with this. This is what it’s about. Some times we take things a little too serious, I think. [Smith] comes out here and supports us and we do appreciate it so this is our way of saying thanks.”

Bochy could have used a helmet, as he normally wears a size 8 1/8 cap, but had an equipment man stretch out a 7 3/4 49ers hat out for him. That’s as tight a squeeze as would have been on Smith’s wallet if the NFL didn’t show him some mercy.

Photo credit: CSNBayArea.com

13 responses to “Bruce Bochy uses his head to get Alex Smith’s back

  1. That is weak. You shouldn’t ever discourage players supporting other local sports teams. That is a great way to get more attention to football.

    When baseball fans that don’t watch football hear about that, they might be willing to start paying attention to their football team and vice versa.

    Cross marketing = more money for players, teams, and league.

    That is a win win win.

  2. In the NFL it’s not about fun, it’s about brand and brand integrity… at least where caps are concerned.

    Screw brand integrity when it’s about replacement refs and busting the retirement fund of the regular refs.

  3. Ata Boy Bochy…..way to show Bay Area love. This year the Sf Giants win the World Series and the Niners win the Superbowl. City of Champions!!

  4. I think wearing your cities other professional sports paraphernalia should be allowed. Your supporting your city, and that shows unity on a bigger scale. Good For these teams.

  5. Bay Area championship year baby! Giants vs As battle of the bay world series and Niners in the superbowl.

  6. The NFL = The “No Fun League” ruled by his holiness the great Emperor Rodger “Iron Fist” Goodell

    Seriously though, if Alex Smith wants to support the Giants let him do so, he’s showing Support for another local professional team and support for San Francisco in general, good for him

  7. I hate both teams involved, but I think what Bochy & Alex Smith are doing is awesome. I love seeing that.

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