San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy could have spent his day off getting some much-needed rest after a competitive series against the Cincinnati Reds over the weekend, but instead decided to fire up the crowd at the SAP Center prior to Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals Monday night.
The 64-year-old Bochy emphatically waved a hockey stick in the air outside of the San Jose Sharks’ locker room to audible cheers from surrounding fans. He then opened the doors and let the Sharks onto the ice, where they were greeted by an animated crowd.
Bochy joins a number of notable Bay Area sports figures who have opened the locker room doors for the Sharks this playoff run.
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Former Oakland A’s star Reggie Jackson opened the door prior to Game 1, and the 49ers’ starting offensive line opened the doors before Game 7 of the Sharks’ previous playoff series against the Colorado Avalanche. Later that game, the linemen were seen pounding beers and dumping what was left of them on second-year right tackle Mike McGlinchey.
The other door openers for the Avalanche series were women’s hockey star Kendall Coyne Schofield, former Cal soccer and Team USA star Brandi Chastain and former Sharks stars Douglas Murray and Devin Setoguchi.
Other door openers for the Avalanche series included women’s hockey star Kendall Coyne Schofield, former Cal soccer and Team USA star Brandi Chastain and former Sharks stars Douglas Murray and Devin Setoguchi, while 49ers general manager John Lynch and Giants first baseman Brandon Belt were among those who held the door in the Sharks’ first round series vs. the Vegas Golden Knights.
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49ers general manager John Lynch and Giants first baseman Brandon Belt were some of the door openers for the first round series vs. the Vegas Golden Knights.
The Sharks fell to the Blues 4-2 on Monday night, and the series is now tied at 1-1. Game 3 in St. Louis is scheduled for Wednesday night.
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