The third episode of the season of the hit Showtime series The Franchise had several good laughs.
It started with Giants outfielder Cody Ross pulling a prank on first baseman Aubrey Huff, who left his credit card after treating several players to dinner. Ross, Brian Wilson and one of the clubhouse attendants was in on the whole thing and they went all out on it.
After telling Huff there were charges of $23,000 to his card, Wilson finally revealed the "missing" card to the veteran infielder exclaiming "Got heem!"—the eccentric closer's new catchphrase—provoking jokes and laughter from every one within earshot.
The episode quickly segued into Huff and the Giants' lack of offense so far this season.
After noting Huff's ninth-inning home run off San Diego closer Heath Bell which led to an eventual 12-inning victory, the common theme of "torture" was revisited. Manager Bruce Bochy said it was "the reason why you make alcohol."
Just as a side note for how torturous this season has been for the Giants and their fans, they lead MLB in comeback wins, nearly half of which came by one run.
These statistics brought general manager Brian Sabean to saying, "This year we're a bunch of cockroaches. You can't kill us off."
That being said, surely Giants fans should not mind seeing these kinds of games as long as they continue to win them.
The Showtime crew, of course, did not leave out the trade deadline and Brian Sabean's need to fix the struggling lineup. Which, unless you have had your head buried in the sand for the last 24 hours, you surely know Sabean did effectively in his trade for New York Mets outfielder Carlos Beltran and an earlier move for Houston Astros infielder Jeff Keppinger.
Remember Freddy Sanchez?
The folks at Showtime paid a visit to his home in Arizona where he is rehabbing his dislocated shoulder. Though Sanchez was frustrated by his freak injury, he is once again soaking in the joys of fatherhood. Yet when he was told he could possibly return to the Giants this year, Sanchez called the decision to rehab his throwing shoulder over having surgery a "no-brainer."
The show went back to an emotional interview with Aubrey Huff in which he talked about his dad who was shot in a heroic act when Aubrey was just four years old, saying "it was tough growing up without a father, but my mother did a great great job."
If you did not believe before that single mothers are super heroes in their own right, you will after hearing Huff's story about his mother. After she took him to his first Major League Baseball game, Aubrey told his mother he wanted to be a professional baseball player.
Two years later, after working relentlessly on a single parent's salary, she was able to have a batting cage built for her son and, well, it turned out to be a good investment.
Once again, the Showtime crew took the series to another level than simply baseball. They allow viewers to get to know the players outside of the stadium and the events that preceded their success at the major league level.
Be sure to check back again next Thursday for another episode recap.