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‘The Franchise’ Episode 3: Giants GM Brian Sabean Calls His Players ‘Cockroaches’

But he did it with, you know, affection.

The third episode of “The Franchise” was largely centered around two things: Aubrey Huff and torture. There’s a disturbing joke in there.

Anyway, torture has become a marketing tool in San Francisco. The team now produces rally towels with the word “torture” printed on the front. Given their strong starting pitching, schizophrenic offense and Brian Wilson’s shaky season, the Giants never have a game where the result is a foregone conclusion before that 27th out. This episode delved into that aspect of the team and it came out with some great quotes.

Sabean: “Last year, if we were being the misfits, this year, we’re a bunch of cockroaches. You just can’t kill us off.”

Huff: “It’s sorry to say we can score three runs, we’re banging it out pretty good that night. That’s pretty sad. It’s just the way it’s been, man. This team has taken 10 years off my life, I’m sure of it.”

Bruce Bochy, clearly exhausted after a game: “Games like this is why they make alcohol.”

The episode is interrupted a few times to check in on a prank that the Giants are pulling on Huff. The Showtime film crew found his credit card after he left it in a truck. Cody Ross got a hold of it, and he, Brian Wilson and team travel coordinator Michael King crafted a story to make Huff think that someone had run off to Tijuana with his American Express and put $23,000 of charges on it.

Ross: “One good thing about it is you’re rich, so ….”
Huff, confirming: “Right, right.”

When the plot is finally revealed — fit with a Brian Wilson “got heeem” — Huff’s face is classic. For a few seconds, he looks like a stoic Carrie at the prom covered in pig blood.

Also mentioned in the show:

  • A lot of time is spent telling the story of how Aubrey Huff grew up and was raised by his mother. He talked about how his father died when he was 4. His father saw a man having a public dispute with an estranged wife and his sister. Huff’s father walked over to them to see if he could help out. As Huff tells it, the two men got into a fight, and the man shot Huff’s father. An article was written about it a couple of years ago.
  • We see the Giants’ brass talking about possible trade angles and how there isn’t much elite talent being made available this year. Sabean says those teams with high-priced talent will want a “king’s ransom.” Funny how that works.

I can’t wait to see how the show covers the internal thinking that led to the Beltran trade, because they did give up quite a pitcher.

  • Jeff Keppinger is brought in from Houston. Meh.
  • Freddy Sanchez rehabs his injured shoulder and hangs out with his family. Cute, but meh.
  • This was the first episode in which I realized that one of the two people responsible for providing original music to the show is Barry Zito.
  • And there was an awkward quote from Brandon Belt that had no obvious transition. The show was talking about his odyssey from opening-day starter to demotion to broken wrist and back in the majors. Somehow, that led to this:

“I’m physically awkward, I’m emotionally awkward, I’m socially awkward. Anything you can think of, I’m awkward at it.”

One of Belt’s best friends calls him “the most awkward man in the world.”  To which Belt thinks “that is a good title to have.”

Yeah, sure. I guess. Whatever you say.

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