Here's a concept as old as baseball itself: Winning teams have fun. And the red-hot Giants are having a lot of fun right now.
When the Giants signed veteran catcher Stephen Vogt to a minor-league deal in February, it seemed like nothing more than a feel-good story. The former A's All-Star missed the entire 2018 season with a shoulder injury and at 34 years old, he didn't look like a player that fit the Giants' direction of trying to build a younger roster.
But as the Giants have learned in the past with players like Hunter Pence and many others, some guys bring a lot more than stats. Vogt is one of them. His standing with the team has been on full display every time a Giant celebrates a big hit.
You might have seen it or you might have missed it. Watch closely. The Giants are throwing up a "T-sign" with their hands to pay homage Vogt in their celebrations. It comes from a beloved skit Vogt performed years ago on MLB Network's "Intentional Talk" where he plays a basketball referee.
"I thought it'd be funny if I did it when I hit double or something. You know, the double tech. And it just kind of stuck," Vogt told The Athletic's Andrew Baggarly on Monday night.
Vogt has played in 53 games this year for the Giants and has a .262 batting, his highest since 2014. His .508 slugging percentage and .844 OPS would both be career highs. As a backup catcher and bat off the bench, Vogt is playing a key role as the Giants find themselves in the NL wild-card race.
His personality, though, has been what's most important for this team.
"I guess that shows you what Stephen Vogt means to this clubhouse," Joe Panik said to Baggarly.
When he signed with the Giants, Vogt called it a "lifelong dream." This team is on Cloud Nine with their unexpected success, and Vogt is the latest character that can help dreams turned to realities.