SAN FRANCISCO -- The saying is attributed to Willie McCovey, who needs no introduction: "Once you're a Giant, you're always a Giant."
Travis Ishikawa is the latest to demonstrate the truth of this remark.
Ishikawa, who played 281 games for the Giants and earned a 2010 World Series ring with them while spending 10 seasons (2002-2011) in their organization, rejoined the team Tuesday when his contract was purchased from Triple-A Fresno. Despite playing for four Major League clubs since his departure from the Giants, Ishikawa, who's expected to pinch-hit and provide depth at first base, embraced his return to AT&T Park.
"I know I've been gone for a few years, but last night it felt like I never left," Ishikawa said Wednesday. "Everything felt normal, it felt right, it felt like this is where I belong. I appreciate all the other organizations I've been with and the opportunities they gave me, but this is home."
The mere sight of so many familiar people deepened that feeling for Ishikawa, 30. He cited clubhouse manager Mike Murphy and his assistants, front-office personnel, the coaching staff and, of course, teammates who have remained with the Giants.
"The same core of guys is still here," he said.
Ishikawa mentioned everything while discussing why you can go home again, including "being out there in the chilly weather with a sweatshirt and coffee, and seeing the cream uniforms."
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, and follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat. Ryan Hood is an associate reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ryanhood19. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.