07/08/2004 9:55 PM ET
Notes: Grissom desires no rest
Outfielder's request not to miss time is granted
By Rich Draper / MLB.com
SAN FRANCISCO -- Earlier this week, Giants manager Felipe Alou said that he wanted to give center fielder Marquis Grissom a day off before the All-Star Break to rest the 36-year-old veteran.
|Marquis Grissom opted not to take any time off before the All-Star break. (Frank Franklin II/AP)
It's not going to happen.
With the three-day midseason break starting next Monday, and the veteran suffering from both a recent cold streak and a hamstring problem, it seemed like a logical move, yet Grissom nixed the idea.
"I don't want any days off. We only have four games left and I plan to play in them," said Grissom on Thursday before the start of a series at SBC Park against the Arizona Diamondbacks. "I feel good. I'm not swinging the bat well but I'm not tired.
"It seems like every time I don't swing the bat well, they think I'm tired, but everybody goes through that now and then. When I get tired I'll tell you."
Has the 16-year veteran ever asked for a day off?
"I don't think so," replied Grissom. "And I never will. I love the game too much. What's funny is I told one of the trainers that when my hamstring was killing me, I was hitting the ball much better, but now that my hamstring is healthy, I'm not hitting."
Although he's batting only .214 over the past 22 games, Grissom still leads the Giants with 50 RBIs and is tied with Pedro Feliz for second with 13 homers.
Grissom vows that he'll play the entire four-game set, but is anxious for the three days off next week.
"I don't want to see a baseball," said the outfielder, who will fly to his home just outside Atlanta in Fairburn, Ga., where he has a nice spread.
"I'm going fishing. I'm going to clear my mind, go fishing, camp out one day and get away from everybody. I want to relax my mind. And I want to do some parenting, get my kids ready for school."
Much better for Brower: You couldn't blame reliever Jim Brower if he literally breathed a sigh of relief after facing five batters in the eighth and ninth innings of Wednesday night's victory over Colorado -- and getting them all out.
"Anytime you get back out there and get outs, it feels good," said the veteran.
In the previous game, Brower walked two batters, helping to lead to a five-run Rockies rally that propelled them to a stunning 8-6 victory.
"The night before, I felt so odd. Everything was off," said Brower. "It was weird. The ball felt funny. I've never had that in my professional career. The ball felt too small. I tried different things and pitches for no apparent reason. I did strike [Vinny Castilla] out, so it did come back quick, but I had already gotten myself in a jam. It was odd, something that hadn't happened over 10 years."
Bonds in the Derby: Giants outfielder Barry Bonds, who has hit 681 lifetime homers and will make his 13th appearance at next Tuesday's 75th All-Star Game in Houston's Minute Maid Park, said on Thursday he will compete in the Century 21 Home Run Derby on Monday night.
Bonds kept mum on the subject for most of the week, but moments before batting practice on Thursday, the slugger said, "I'm competing in the homer-hitting contest."
For the first time ever, four members of the 500 home run club will be competing -- Ken Griffey Jr. of the Cincinnati Reds, Rafael Palmeiro of the Baltimore Orioles, Sammy Sosa of the Chicago Cubs and Bonds. Palmeiro is not an All-Star this season.
Former Giants Willie Mays (660) and Willie McCovey (521) will join 12 other retired members of the 500 club to attend the event and be honored for their feats.
Rich Draper is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.