SAN FRANCISCO -- The smile on Nate Schierholtz's face could have illuminated AT&T Park. He was participating in a media interview session on the off-day preceding the 2010 World Series opener, which might have been a chore for many players. But it was anything but obligatory for the beaming Schierholtz, who reveled in representing the team he rooted for while growing up just minutes away from San Francisco in the East Bay. That pride Schierholtz derived from being a Giant inspired him from the time the organization drafted him in the second round in 2003 until his final day with the club. But that feeling was matched, if not exceeded, by his desire to play regularly -- which never happened with the Giants.
So Schierholtz welcomed Tuesday's trade that sent him and two other players to the Philadelphia Phillies for right fielder Hunter Pence, who's expected to bolster San Francisco's offense. But Schierholtz wasn't necessarily expecting it. "I think in the back of my mind there's always a possibility of something happening," Schierholtz told MLB.com in a telephone interview. "But I've always been a Giant, so until I woke up and my wife was telling me the news this morning, I wasn't hung up on listening to the media 24/7." Without prompting, Schierholtz addressed the thrill of being a Giant. "It's an emotional day for me," he said. "I'm going to miss San Francisco. I'm going to miss being a Giant, all my teammates and the fans and all the great memories here that we had, especially winning the World Series in 2010. It's tough leaving, but I'm definitely looking forward to my opportunity in Philadelphia." Schierholtz can be expected to play frequently in Philadelphia, if not regularly, given the departures of Pence and Shane Victorino, who was traded to the Dodgers. "I was just looking for an opportunity to prove that I can play every day, and I didn't get the feeling I was going to get it in San Francisco all these years," said Schierholtz, who hit .257 with five home runs, 17 RBIs, a .429 slugging percentage and a .327 on-base percentage in 77 games with the Giants this season.