During batting practice Sunday, one person taking his hacks didn’t seem to fit in — he was wearing jeans and a Giants home jersey instead of the new BP jersey. Then I saw the name on the back: Cheechoo. As in Jonathan Cheechoo of the San Jose Sharks, and last season’s top goal scorer in the NHL.

While Cheech was the only Shark to participate in batting practice, he was later joined by several of his teammates, each wearing a personalized jersey except for Ryane Clowe, whose jersey was blank. Marc-Edouard Vlasic took some ribbing because his jersey had "Edouard" on the back instead of Vlasic. Personally, I think they should have gone with his nickname, Pickles.

Here’s the entire group, minus reigning NHL MVP Joe Thornton, who didn’t make it down to the field but watched the game with his teammates from a luxury suite.

(L to R) Joe Pavelski, Mark Smith, Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Ryane Clowe, Mark Bell, Scott Hannan, Patrick Rissmiller, Jonathan Cheechoo and Matt Carle. Good luck vs. Nashville!

One comment

  1. joeimp2@verizon.com

    I shall be 84 in two weeks.I was crestfallen when the Giants left New York.However, I have never ceased being an avid fan.At age 10 I listened to the Giants defeat the Washington Senators in 5 games in 1933.Since I have Directv,I am able to see every Giants’game.Joe Imperial

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