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The Giants experienced triple digit heat on their last road trip.
Much was made about the sweltering heat that surrounded the Giants on their last road trip. As if the Giants were experiencing heat for the first time in their lives, they were blindsided and outmatched before the game even started.
Pitchers jerseys were soaked with sweat by the end of the first inning, baseball caps had salty rings around the side and on-field mental lapses were blamed on the heat exhaustion.
After the 1-5 meltdown, what really came out of the trip was one of two things: the Giants were either not in shape or lacking in mental toughness.
By most accounts, including Mike Krukow, it takes a day or two to acclimate to the heat. That didn’t happen in Washington, and the Giants are out to prove this trip will be different.
After Sunday’s win over Houston, Buster Posey was asked about the heat on the last road trip and how the team will deal with it this time. Posey responded with some candid comments.
“It was hot. It was hot, but you try your best and play and not let it affect you. It’s different, I think it was even hot for the Nationals and the Pirates. I think we just got a really hot week,” he said.
“There’s no excuses, no matter what the weather conditions are. We have to get the job done and hopefully we can be better prepared on this next trip,” Posey said.
Duane Kuiper echoed the sentiments on KNBR’s Murph and Mac show on Tuesday morning.
“I don’t think at any point is the weather going to be an issue at all. It’s not overbearingly hot today and I don’t think it’s going to be tonight, so I think the weather issue is a dead issue.”
Kuiper finished with strong words for the team.
“I hope the players don’t bring it up, because nobody wants to hear it anymore.”
(Duane Kuiper Quote—http://knbr.com/ShowsSchedule/MurphandMac/tabid/584/Default.aspx. Unless otherwise noted, all quotes obtained first-hand.)