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Bruce Bochy pens farewell letter to Giants fans amid retirement

Bruce Bochy has closed out his long and successful run as manager of the San Francisco Giants, and on Tuesday he shared a farewell letter to the team’s fans following Sunday’s retirement ceremony.

Bochy, 64, announced back in February that he would step down as Giants manager at season’s end, so his retirement hardly comes as a surprise. That does not mean the fact that his tenure in the Giants dugout has come to an end is any less bittersweet for the fans, who Bochy sincerely thanked for their loyal support over the years.

“To be honest, the depth of love this community has for the Giants probably surprised me more than anything else when I took the job,” Bochy’s letter reads in part. “I often saw it from the opposing dugout but you can’t really know it until you experience it here, up close and personal. Every day, I’d step onto the field and see all three decks filled with people in orange and black, in panda hats, giraffe hats, and fake beards. You were loud and rowdy. You were fanatical. And you were fiercely loyal.”

Bochy compiled a 1,052-1,054 record in his 13 seasons with the Giants, but led the team to World Series championships in 2010, 2012 and 2014, something that obviously cements his legacy with the organization.

Bochy spent 12 years managing the San Diego Padres before moving to the Bay Area, and he notched 2,003 career wins between his two managerial stops.

While Bochy will no longer preside over the Giants club from his spot in the dugout, his legacy will never be forgotten by both the organization and the team’s fans. His thoughtful and heartfelt letter shows without question he’ll never forget them, either.