For weeks, Giants manager Bruce Bochy has downplayed the significance of reaching 2,000 wins. He has kept the focus on the day-to-day grind, but the milestone is one that means something to his players, and on Wednesday, they finally got Bochy over the hump.
The Giants beat the Red Sox 11-3 to make Bochy the 11th manager in MLB history with 2,000 wins. It's an exclusive club and one that shares another common thread. Every manager with at least 2,000 wins is in the Hall of Fame.
"It's obvious I've had so much support from everybody," Bochy told NBC Sports Bay Area's Amy Gutierrez after the milestone win. "But it's a number that represents so many people. This is the players, they're part of it. The front office -- Brian Sabean. It's all of us, the coaching staff and the training staff. It's a number associated with me but it should be with everybody."
Bochy has long been a lock for Cooperstown, and it should be a while before anyone else threatens to crash the club. Cleveland's Terry Francona is next on the active wins list but still needs more than 300 to reach 2,000.
Bochy got there with the Giants' 74th win of this year, his final season as a manager. Earlier this year he reached 1,000 wins with the Giants, joining John McGraw as the only managers to pull that off. Bochy already had become the only manager in MLB history to win 900 games with two franchises, having won 951 in San Diego.
With their two wins in Boston, the Giants have a chance to check off two more boxes for Bochy. He doesn't talk about milestones, but he doesn't want to go out with a losing season, and the Giants are back within four games of .500 with 10 to play. Bochy also is now two games above .500 (1,049-1,047) as Giants manager as he approaches his final week in charge.