MONEY HONEY! The San Francisco GIANTS signed catcher Buster Posey to a nine year contract - $167 Million dollars! What a RICH start to his 26th birthday, celebrated March 20! The startling news announced at the press conference last Friday night, prior to the home exhibition game against the A’s. The contract agreement made franchise history! Former Giant superstar BARRY BONDS didn’t make that kind of money!

The team’s success, two World Series in three years - 2010 and 2012, bring about rewards! Posey deserved all the accolades and money, the COMEBACK kid missed most of the 2011 season due to horrific injury at home plate during a home game in May, things looked bleak, but Posey made a remarkable recovery, back in 2012, led the Giants to their second world series win. Posey won many awards ( and hearts ) last year; one, National League’s Most Valuable Player.

Friday was a long, and good day, for the team, and Giants GM BRIAN SABEAN and Manager BRUCE BOCHY, both signed 3 year contract extensions! So their winning chemistry continues. Sabean signed Bochy in 2007.

Upon the signing of Posey, Sabean remarked, “this is a great day for Buster, for the Giants and for our fans everywhere. Buster is an integral part of the team and his leadership and ability to produce offensively and play solid defense behind the plate makes him one of the most valuable and exciting players in either league. I have no doubt Buster will achieve continued success for the Giants in the coming years and beyond.”

“The success of our franchise depends on developing and retaining homegrown talent like Buster Posey, “ said Giants President and CEO LARRY BAER. “Buster’s work ethic, leadership skills and extraordinary talent represent all that is great about our game and what it means to be a San Francisco Giant.”

Magic Johnson and the L.A. Dodgers co-owners are spending BIG BUCKS to win - Giants know they have to stay in the game, big time, to win many more World Series! A dynasty???

Friday was a long day for the Giants. Earlier at the annual “2013 Play Ball Lunch,” presented by Blue Shield of California benefiting The Giants Community Fund, held at the Union Square Hilton Hotel, packed with fans hours before the 11 a.m. reception where players signed autographs.

Prior to lunch, CEO LARRY BAER expressed to the crowd, “The glory days of the franchise are now, and I think its important to acknowledge that and to pay tribute to the people who have done it, from the general manager’s office to the manager’s office to get us where we are now.” The two world series trophies on stage gleamed in the light.

During the reception, observed the action ...Manager Bruce Bochy in colorful snappy tie; Pitcher Tim Lincecum definitely sporting a new haircut - the freaky hairstyle gone, dressed in collegiate style. Will he get his mojo pitching game back???

Tired of pushing through autograph seekers, watched the action in the outer area of the ballroom, seated near the Giants will call desk, at PG&E table. Enjoyed the swinging sounds of VINCE GOMEZ Jazz band. Chatted with a few, for one MICHAEL JOHNSON, real estate developer and PARTNER with Yoshi’s S.F. nightclub, there with his sweet son Miles - Now 5, how time has past since his mother carried him proudly in her womb;...Noted Architect KEVIN WILCOCK, developer of the much talked about NEWLY built Armstrong Senior Complex in San Francisco’s Bayview district; And where I reside - nice layout!

STRETCH - WILLIE McCOVEY, all smiles when I complimented him on his pulled pork barbecue - he has two vendor locations at AT&T, and a popular self-titled restaurant in Walnut Creek. Earlier in the week, at the Media Open House at AT&T, enjoyed samples of various vendor foods, that included his barbecue. New this year - Lefty O’Doul ‘s and Original Joe’s . Hey, met handsome Comcast sportsnet anchor/reporter, JOHN HENRY SMITH - such a nice handsome brother!

See you Friday - GIANTS OPENING DAY at AT&T Park!

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