10/03/2003 2:50 PM ET
Notes: Alou, Snow discuss switch
MIAMI -- Giants' manager Felipe Alou said he talked briefly with J.T. Snow Wednesday night regarding starting Andres Galarraga instead of the regular at first in Friday's game -- which he ultimately did. "I don't want it to be controversial, because we've done it all year ... all year."
By Rich Draper / MLB.com
Will Snow then start Saturday's game against East Bay native Dontrelle Willis?
"I don't know," said Alou. "What I want to make sure is a guy the stature of Galarraga doesn't go through the playoffs for four or five games without starting a game when there are back-to-back lefties.
"I believe that is well understood by anybody," said the skipper. "There is really nothing extraordinary about it."
Snow, however, questioned after Wednesay's workout why he wasn't consulted about a possible lineup change. Even Alou admitted that he said before the series that he would stick with his "A" lineup, then said on Friday, "I have the right to change. I'm not doing Galarraga a favor. He hit over .300 for the season"
TV rules: Part of postseason life is having game times hinge on what TV network execs decide -- thus the Giants could fly across the country on Saturday night to prepare for a 1 p.m. PT game Sunday at Pacific Bell Park. Same with the Marlins.
Alou says that will probably not change. "I believe the only people who could change that are the players," he said. "It's done for TV and we understand it. Particularly the pace of the game. I saw Brad Penny the other day, waiting with the baseball in his hand for one minute. It is done for the television -- not for the 60,000 people they're going to have here."
Yet Alou said the new generation of players should be trained to deal with the delays and quick-change scheduling."
Booming blow: In 1997, when Galarraga was with the Colorado Rockies, he slugged the mightiest homer in Pro Player history off Florida's Kevin Brown, hitting the ball 529 feet about three-fourths of the way into the upper deck, section 414.
It was a grand slam to boot. Originally credited as a 573-footer -- Mickey Mantle had the record, at 565 feet -- it was downgraded to 529 later.
"After that, Dennis Cook threw a ball over my head, then hit me in the ribs," said the Big Cat on Friday. "I charged the mound, we had a brawl and some punches were thrown."
Nen patient: Robb Nen threw lightly on the side at Pro Player on Friday, prior to the Giants workout. "I'm starting to get my arm shape back," he said. It's possible Nen could begin throwing off the mound in December but he hasn't been told a timetable.
Foppert's fun: Giants pitcher Jesse Foppert, who underwent ligament-replacement surgery on his right arm Sept. 16, is at Pro Player Stadium as a spectator and says he is enjoying this time, even if he's disabled.
"I'd like to be throwing, but I am having fun," said Foppert, getting his first closeup view of postseason play. "I'm learning a lot just being here. There are so many things to focus on. I just see what guys do to be successful, and take a little bit from each guy."
Foppert, 8-9 with a 5.03 ERA in his rookie campaign, is doing range-of-motion exercises for the next two weeks -- nothing strenuous, just light stuff. There's a strict protocol to follow after Tommy John surgery and the former University of San Francisco star will follow it to the letter.
"This is a lot better than being at home," said Foppert, who may not pitch for the Giants until the 2005 season.
Rich Draper is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.