Manager Bochy part of international flavor at Series

Fri Oct 24, 2014 2:37pm EDT
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By Larry Fine

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The World Series has a strong international flavor this year with the most surprising foreign-born participant the man calling the shots from the San Francisco Giants dugout, manager Bruce Bochy.

Bochy was born in Landes de Bussac, France, where his father was stationed as a U.S. Army officer. Bochy grew up in Virginia and Florida before becoming the eighth French-born player ever in Major League Baseball as a catcher for the Houston Astros.

The Giants manager only lived in France for his first two years but made a pilgrimage to get a sense of his roots.

"I did go back about five years ago to see where I was born, in a little town called Landes de Bussac," Bochy told Reuters.

"I had a great time in France. Went to Normandy, what a moving experience that was. And then we went to Bussac. It's not far from Bordeaux country there."

Bochy was in for a little surprise there.

"I guess there's two (towns called Bussac), and they're 45 minutes apart," he said. "I kept saying, was there an Army base here? And they said no. I got back (home) and my sister, who was born there, too, did some research and she says, 'Aw, I sent you to the wrong one. I'm sorry.'

"So I have to go back."   Continued...

October 23, 2014; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy (15) addresses the media in a press conference during workouts the day before game three of the 2014 World Series at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports