8/31 Soriano shows off for Giants
Alfonso Soriano looked motivated on Friday. The Giants considered him in their pursuit of another bat, but they knew he wasn’t keen on the idea because of the San Francisco weather. He has cleared waivers. Teams had until 10:59 p.m. CT Friday to trade for players to be eligible on the postseason rosters.
“It’s very hard to play on the West Coast, especially on that field,” Soriano said. “It’s nothing against the team — they have a very good team. It’s more the city because of the weather. They have a very good team that’s in first place. I know if I go to San Francisco, I won’t feel comfortable in the city. I’d feel comfortable on the team, but not in the city.”
It’s nothing personal but the cold weather bothers Soriano’s left knee, not just his bat. It was hot at Wrigley on Friday. Soriano hit a two-out RBI single in the first off Madison Bumgarner (14-9), and also his 24th home run, a two-run shot, in the third.
“He’s hurt us over the years,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said of Soriano. “If you make a mistake, there’s a good chance you’re going to pay for it.”
As for being dealt this offseason, Soriano said he’ll wait and see.
“I like it here,” Soriano said. “I don’t like to lose, especially late in my career. I just want to go someplace to win. If it’s here, I’d be happy. We’ll see what happens.”
Because he has a no-trade clause, Soriano has the final say.
“It has to be a perfect place for me to go,” he said. “I don’t want to go anywhere for one month. If somebody picks me, it depends on the situation and that team.”
— Carrie Muskat