SAN FRANCISCO -- Travis Ishikawa admitted wishing that another club would claim him after the Giants placed him on waivers. But the first baseman has softened his stance recently.
Ishikawa, who spent all of the previous two seasons with the Giants, had no desire to return to the Minor Leagues. "I was hoping and praying that somebody would take a chance on me," he said Saturday. The Giants, who retained Ishikawa and assigned him to Triple-A after he cleared waivers, agreed to wait until Sunday to activate him so he could participate in the World Series ring ceremony.
Time has soothed Ishikawa somewhat. "Now I'm excited," said Ishikawa, a member of the Giants' system since he was drafted in 2002. "I'm glad I'm in the same organization." Playing for Triple-A Fresno will enable him to stay on the West Coast, which was a priority for him.
Ishikawa, a .265 career hitter with the Giants, said that he'll strive to become "more consistent" offensively, though readjusting to Minor League life -- featuring less glamorous cities, more modest playing conditions and a worse travel schedule -- could prove challenging. "That's definitely something I'm not looking forward to," he said.