Not yet teammates on the Giants, Brandon Crawford and Tyler Beede were roomies for a night.
Crawford shared an endearing story about Beede, a top pitching prospect poised to break into the majors this season, on his blog Friday.
The Giants shortstop recollected a moment this spring when Beede became his “Houseguest” — the blog post’s title — while Crawford’s wife and kids were still in Arizona.
Beede asked Crawford what he was up to that night. Crawford laughed because Beede is “way different from me” — as a young guy without children — and the two have only hung out in spring training and conditioning camp.
So while Crawford didn’t think Beede would take him up on it, the shortstop replied with an offer.
“‘I’m just going back to my house,’’ I say,” Crawford recalled. “Then playing along, I say: ‘You’re welcome to come if you want.’ I expect to hear, ‘That’s OK. I’m going to my hotel.’’ Instead he says, ‘All right.’”
The two baseball players fired up Madden (Crawford won 58-0; Beede claimed the refs were paid off). Then next day they got lunch in Lafayette and visited Starbucks, “totally flying under the radar” and not attracting fans’ attention.”
Crawford appreciated the interaction.
“It was cool that Beede came over and hung out with me,” Crawford wrote. “One of the best things about this team is that there’s not a huge gap between the up-and-coming guys and the more high-profile ones. Nobody really has a big head about who they are and what they’ve done. It’s a lot easier to play as a team when everyone on it knows how to be a good teammate. Beede, I can already tell, is going to fit right in when he gets here.”
Beede will also bring his rap skills to the clubhouse. Sounds like they will be more than welcome.