San Francisco Giants CEO Larry Baer is “feeling good" about his team.
Baer talked to NBC Bay Area right before the Giants took on the Kansas City Royals at AT&T Park in San Francisco in Game 3 of the World Series Friday. The two teams are tied 1-1.
“We have a lot of travel and all that — hopefully we all got some sleep, we have a sleep consultant and he advises us on that — so let’s see what happens. We're pretty battle-tested in the post-season,” he said smiling. “Kansas City is a hot team and they are in the zone. I think it’s going to be a great series.”
As for the Giants formula for success, Baer said: “We have 14 guys that have World Series rings — that have won a ring somewhere — either with us or somewhere else … When you have that, when you have guys that are battle-tested that matters."
Baer’s message to fans: “Be loud, be throaty, give the team that 26th man,” He added that a big part of the Giants formula for success this year was their fans.
Baer also addressed the backlash against Fox announcers by some Giants fans.
“It’s a long season so they’re with you 4 or 5-6-7 months, and so when a new guy comes in talking about your team it’s almost like ‘what’s this outsider doing,’” he said. “I think Joe Buck, Harold Reynold and Tom Verducci do a fine job, it’s just that they’re not Kruk and Kuip or John and Dave. And when they are not the people that are your friends, that’s a problem.”
As for what it feels to be in a World Series game after winning two of the last four, Baer described it as a “dream sequence for many of us.”
— Stephanie Chuang (@StephChuang) October 24, 2014