SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants manager Bruce Bochy was as stunned as anyone to learn that Junior Seau, the former star National Football League linebacker, passed away on Wednesday in an apparent suicide.
Before joining the Giants in 2007, Bochy managed the San Diego Padres for 12 seasons, and still lives in the San Diego area. As a result, he frequently crossed paths with Seau at charity functions and similar events.
"He always dropped 'Coach' on me. He had that football lingo," Bochy recalled with amusement.
But, Bochy added, "It's sad. It's hard to believe this happened. I know he's one of those guys who always seems in a great mood. When he walks in a room, he lights it up. But you never know what demons people have."