The Giants are currently ahead of the Dbacks 8-1 in the top of the 7th. Ryan Vogelsong, who’s been very good today, lost it in the top of the 7th, gave up 3 hits in a row, the final hit by the pitcher. So Bochy walked to the mound and took him out.
As Vogelsong, tired but triumphant, strode toward the dugout the crowd rose for a heartfelt standing O. Vogelsong kept walking. Did he see the crowd? Did he hear the crowd? Was he down about being taken out? Would he tip his cap as a sign of recognition?
A few feet from the dugout steps he put right hand to the bill of his cap, the understated but ultimate mark of thanks and recognition. Just a touch of the cap. Baseball can be so understated and beautiful.