June 23rd, 2012
TODAY’S GAME…The San Francisco Giants visit the Oakland Athletics in the middle game of this 3-game series…Giants’ left-hander Madison Bumgarner (8-4, 2.92) will face A’s right-hander Tyson Ross (2-6, 6.11).
Here are some Giants Gems for Hensley Meulens’s birthday from the 2012 Giants Media Guide – Happy Birthday Sir BamBam!
- Nicknamed “Bam Bam” from his softball days back home in Curacao. Was hitting home runs left-handed and his friends compared his power to the Flintstones cartoon character.
- Speaks five different languages: English, Spanish, Dutch, Papiamento and Japanese.
- Learned to stop using sporadic playing time as an excuse. He worked hard to be valuable as a back-up infielder and outfielder, as a 25th player. It’s something he emphasizes to his players now – no excuses about playing time. Deliver when you get the chance.
- Best advice for kids: “Keep your eye on the ball. Kids get distracted easily. They’re kicking the dirt, looking at their parents. Just always be watching the ball, in the field and at the plate.’’
- Has been selected an inaugural astronaut for “Space Expedition Curacao,” a commercial space tourism program the Caribbean nation is trying to launch by 2014. The first 100 flights have been set aside for a group of so-called “Founder Astronauts.” Meulens will join three Dutch celebrities – a disc jockey, an air travel pioneer and a supermodel – on flight No. 1.