9/1 Old friends
Xavier Nady was a good roommate when he, Justin Germano and two other players shared a three-bedroom apartment in Portland in 2004 while members of the Padres’ Triple-A team. Nady was clean, always quick with one-liners, and kept things light. Germano could’ve used a quip from his former teammate after Nady got the better of the Cubs pitcher on Saturday.
Playing his first game back in the big leagues after a month-long Minor League stint, Nady hit a three-run double off Germano to spark the Giants to a 5-2 win over the Cubs. Nady, who signed a Minor League contract with the Giants on Aug. 5 after being released by the Nationals, came through in the first for San Francisco. Germano (2-5) took the loss.
“He’s a good hitter,” Germano said of Nady. “You definitely have to mix it up with him. He can hurt you with a long ball and drive the ball in the gap. I tried to get a fastball in there and tried to get a ground ball and I did but he was able to keep it out of reach of [third baseman Luis] Valbuena.”
How was Nady, the roommate?
“He was clean, he was funny,” Germano said. “He kept us all in a good mood. He was definitely a good guy to have on the team and as a roommate.”
The two roomed with infielder J.J. Furmaniak and pitcher Dennis Tankersley that season.
“I think [Nady] could probably find something to say to pick things up,” Germano said. “He was always good at that.”
Nady, who played for the Cubs in 2010, was just happy to be in a big league lineup, even if he was wearing No. 68.
“I always wanted to put on a Giants uniform,” said the veteran, who was a Will Clark fan. “To have the opportunity to do it, I knew going to (Triple-A) Fresno could benefit me.”
— Carrie Muskat