Bochy an admirer of former teammate Ryan

Bochy an admirer of former teammate Ryan

SAN FRANCISCO -- Although Bruce Bochy lets pitching coach Dave Righetti handle the majority of the duties when it comes to managing the Giants' pitchers, the San Francisco skipper also has dealt with great pitchers in his day.

Bochy and Rangers president Nolan Ryan played together on the 1980 Astros, and Bochy said what he remembers most was Ryan's intense work ethic and competitiveness.

"With Nolan, I'd say more than anything, watching how he went about his business, his work ethic," Bochy said. "He was relentless with his workouts, and that was really at a time where the working out, the weights and conditioning probably wasn't as emphasized as it is now. That's what I probably got from him as much as anything, you know, how much work you need to put into the game.

"Getting a chance to catch him, you got a chance to see how competitive Nolan was. Sure, he had great stuff, but more than that, he had that maniacal focus that the great pitchers have."