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02/25/07 9:38 PM ET
Notes: 'Giants Idol' brings more laughs
Zito channels Abdul; Hennessey OK with likely bullpen role
By Chris Haft / MLB.com
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Sunday morning's lineup at Scottsdale Stadium included Will Ferrell, Frank Sinatra and Hank Williams Jr. Well, at least reasonable facsimiles of them. The team again staged "Giants Idol," the two-day "American Idol" takeoff that features mostly rookies, benefits charity and bolsters camaraderie. Last year's inaugural event raised $6,000 for a local charity and proved to be a hit among players, who valued the bonding it provided as well as the hilarity. "We had some good laughs today," manager Bruce Bochy said. This year's opening round lacked the showstopping moments generated last year, when Travis Ishikawa discarded his tear-off pants to reveal Speedo underwear, Brian Wilson delivered a darkly intense rendition of Billy Idol's "White Wedding" and Barry Bonds, portraying "Idol" judge Paula Abdul, emerged from the clubhouse in drag. This time, there was much more lip-synching than actual singing -- which would have been off-key anyway. And it was Barry Zito's turn to wear a wig and falsies as Abdul. Most of the entertainment value sprang from infielder Rich Aurilia, who spun the day's best lines while filling the role of "Idol" judge Simon Cowell: "It's going to be a long year in Connecticut for you," Aurilia told Kevin Frandsen, referring to the Giants' Double-A affiliate, after the utilityman adapted Ferrell's "Anchorman" routine for the song "Afternoon Delight." After outfielder Ben Copeland labored through the Red Hot Chili Peppers' "Around the World" and revealed that a tattoo on his torso read "Born Bad," Aurilia said, "That explains it." Pitchers Oscar Montero and Osiris Matos wore outlandish costumes -- Montero dressed in drag, Matos donned a green fright wig -- to act out the Spanish song "Turn Around." Besides Montero and Matos, the other performers also threw considerable effort into their outfits. Capturing the "Anchorman" look, Frandsen sported a sky-blue blazer, a white turtleneck and checked double-knit slacks to enhance his wig and fake mustache. Frandsen was especially proud of his wig: "I wore it all day [Saturday] just to get accustomed to it." Copeland was bare-chested except for a purple vest and a striped tie, and he completed his rocker garb with skintight faux black leather pants cut off below the knee. Mouthing "Fly Me To The Moon," right-hander Tim Lincecum looked the part of Sinatra as he wore a simple dark suit and a fedora while clutching a cigarette and what was supposed to be a stiff drink in his right hand. Right-hander Matt Palmer, who relied more on his own voice than a recording, sang Williams' "Country Boy Can Survive" and looked the part with his replica 10-gallon hat, overalls and boots.
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.