SAN FRANCISCO -- How much team chemistry affects winning in sports is an age-old question.And although Bruce Bochy doesn't exactly know how to describe how the two things connect, the Giants skipper does know the 2010 Giants are among the best he's ever managed in that regard. "It's as good of a club as I've ever had, that's what I think of the group that we have," Bochy said. "They've coalesced into a bunch of guys that have one agenda, and that's to win and that was to get to the postseason." Bochy said he does believe winning helps the chemistry within a clubhouse. How chemistry builds, however, is a tricky thing. A lot of it has to deal with the personalities on the roster. Bochy said a key component for the Giants has been a good mix of veterans and youngsters who come to the park each day with one goal in mind. "They do a great job of holding each other accountable and playing the game right and playing the game hard," Bochy said. "Winning certainly does reinforce that. And I think everybody in that clubhouse knew that we were a good club, that this was a club that could get into the postseason if we did things in the right way. They made sure that each of us did do that. They came in prepared every day."
Braves skipper Cox lauds Giants counterpart
SAN FRANCISCO -- With Bobby Cox's managerial career nearing its end, baseball people throughout the game have been heaping praise on one of the most decorated managers in history.On Wednesday, prior to the Giants and Braves working out at AT&T Park, Cox flipped the switch and instead talked about how much he admired Giants skipper Bruce Bochy. "Bruce Bochy is as good as there is in baseball. I've always admired Boch," Cox said. "I remember the first year he came into San Diego, and I liked him then, and I like him now. And he can mesh a team as well as anybody. He has great communication skills, knows how to run a ballgame. And he's a guy that's easy to play for. He has a lot of discipline and he has a lot of patience as well." Of course, Bochy has the same mutual respect. Although Bochy wasn't asked about Cox on Wednesday, he was Tuesday, when the Giants also held a light workout at AT&T Park. Although Bochy refrained from sharing any Cox stories, he did say he gets a little added motivation when managing against Cox and the Braves. "He's such a great manager and when you're going against him, you have to be on your toes," Bochy said. "Again, this guy, we're all impressed with what he's accomplished and I'm glad he's in the playoffs, but we have our hands full with them."
Giants tip cap to Halladay's gem
SAN FRANCISCO -- As the latest "Year of the Pitcher" continued Wednesday with Roy Halladay's no-hitter against the Reds, Giants manager Bruce Bochy talked about the "unbelievable" feat before the Giants' workout at AT&T Park."It's one of those incredible efforts in baseball. That's history," Bochy said before the Giants worked out in preparation for Thursday's postseason opener against the Braves (6:30 p.m. PT on TBS). "Second one ever in postseason play and for a guy to throw two in one year, that's remarkable. I tip my cap for a guy to go out there and do it the first time he pitches in postseason. It tells you how great this guy is. You know, what this guy can do anytime he hits the mound, I mean, throw a no-hitter against a good hitting team like that, that's amazing." Halladay, 33, was making his postseason debut after spending 11 seasons in Toronto without advancing to the playoffs. He joins Don Larsen as the only pitchers in baseball history to throw a no-hitter in the playoffs. Larson threw a perfect game in the 1956 World Series for the Yankees. Like Halladay, Giants starter Tim Lincecum also will make his postseason debut in Thursday's Game 1. Lincecum saw Halladay's game, but said what Halladay did in his first playoff game wouldn't affect how he went about his business in the next 24 hours. "I wasn't thinking about it," Lincecum said. "Great for him, but obviously we're concerned with ourselves and how we're going to do [Thursday]."
Cash Kruth is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.