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Giants observe moment of silence for Robin Williams

Giants observe moment of silence for Robin Williams

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants honored the late actor Robin Williams with a moment of silence before Tuesday night's game against the White Sox.

A brief video tribute accompanied the observance.

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Williams committed suicide Monday at his home in Tiburon, about 20 miles north of AT&T Park, where the famed funnyman occasionally appeared to root for the Giants.

Manager Bruce Bochy had keen memories of Williams' appearance in the Giants dugout before a 2007 Interleague game against the New York Yankees. Actor Billy Crystal, a lifelong Yankees fan, accompanied Williams.

"He was his usual self -- full of energy, bouncing around, pulling for his Giants," Bochy said. "He said, 'Hey, we have to take care of these Yankees. I've got a lot on this game.' "

Williams, 63, was very much a northern Californian, with a home in San Francisco's Sea Cliff district and a reported estate in Napa besides his Tiburon residence. This prompted Bochy to say, "It's a sad day for everybody, not just the entertainment business but (also) the Bay Area. ... This guy entertained us for years with his amazing talent. I was shocked. I was stunned. He's as good as there ever was, I think, in the entertainment business. We're going to miss him."

Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, and follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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