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“It would be a dream come true” for Bud Norris to play for the Giants

Jun 19, 2013, 11:32 AM EST

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Jon Paul Morosi sat down with Astros starter Bud Norris. Norris knows the score: he plays for the Astros and, while the Astros are mildly exceeding expectations, he is clearly a guy they will consider trading for prospects at the deadline. And Norris makes no secret of where he’d like to end up: with the Giants, a team which Morosi notes is likely to be in the market for a starter:

“It gives you goose bumps when you think about it … Obviously growing up there, being a big Giants fan — and I rooted for the A’s, too, in the area, but I was more of a Giants fan. That’s a possibility. It’s all trade rumors, as they say. But if it were to happen, it would be a dream come true for me to play for my childhood team.”

Breaking: the City of San Jose immediately sued Norris for not mentioning them, causing them to lose all manner of benefits by not being associated with a major league ballplayer.

Anyway, Norris does note that it’s all out of his control and every rumor you hear about who is looking for pitching is just that: a rumor. But it’s rare to hear a guy talking about how much he’d like to play for a particular team.

  1. yahmule - Jun 19, 2013 at 11:37 AM

    He should request a trade to the 1964 Giants in honor of his old timey sounding name.

    • historiophiliac - Jun 19, 2013 at 11:49 AM

      What? You think “Bud” is old-timey sounding? Commissioner Selig takes offense and stomps out, wig askew.

      • yahmule - Jun 19, 2013 at 1:14 PM

        If only that was all it would take to make him go away.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 19, 2013 at 1:16 PM

        Yup.

      • rayvid - Jun 19, 2013 at 3:15 PM

        I take offense to Selig.

  2. Carl Hancock - Jun 19, 2013 at 12:43 PM

    The Astros should trade him to the Pirates just for those comments. He basically says he’d rather play for the Giants than the Astros. Obviously it’s common for guys to feel that say but to voice it while playing for another team? Imagine if a Cardinals player voiced the same thing while playing for the Cardinals. Heads would explode all over St. Louis. Then again, this is Houston.

    • stex52 - Jun 19, 2013 at 12:48 PM

      In fairness to Norris, he knows his name is out there. They are trying to trade him. Is he supposed to pretend he doesn’t know? I’d feel better if they were trying to keep him. But under the circumstances the mentioning another team doesn’t bother me much. He’s likely to be gone by August anyway and he knows it.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 19, 2013 at 12:51 PM

        I wish Don Kelly would announce another team he’d rather play for.

    • paperlions - Jun 19, 2013 at 12:56 PM

      Eh, context is important. Edmonds was traded because the Cardinals were going to replace him with Ankiel (or Rasmus, whatever), and he was asked who he’d like to play for and he said he’d like to play in southern CA, where he grew up…so they traded him to the Padres for a non-prospect named David Freese.

      If the Cardinals were in the Astros situation and Wainwright said it would be a dream come true to pitch for his boyhood team (the Braves, I believe), no one would care and most people, realizing that he was going to be traded no matter what, would hope that he got to realize that dream.

      • stex52 - Jun 19, 2013 at 3:27 PM

        You lost me a little bit with the Norris/Wainwright comparison, but I agree with you in large part. Norris has turned into a pretty solid #3. If he was real ace material, I would kick and scream a lot more about the trade likelihood.

      • paperlions - Jun 19, 2013 at 3:35 PM

        I just meant that if you know a guy is being traded and as a fan base you appreciate the player, then most fans would have no problem with a guy expressing his preferences about where he is traded….didn’t mean to compare them as pitchers, the Cardinals just don’t have any other veterans on the staff that anyone would care about trading.

  3. joelwrobinson - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:29 PM

    Fuck the Giants.

  4. rayvid - Jun 19, 2013 at 3:14 PM

    As long as they get something of value for Norris, I would be good with it. He should be given a chance to pitch for a contender. He’ll be 30 before the Astros are ready to contend. Why waste his good young years in Houston?

  5. jeffa43 - Jun 19, 2013 at 3:25 PM

    Remove 1 outing where he gave up 6 in 1/3 of an inning… And that shows how darn good he has been this year for the Stros.

    He is getting better and better each start, and the Giants will have to give up some top level prospect(s) for Bud.

    Btw… His Father named him after the beer, true story.

    Loving my Stros play… A lot more exciting than 2007-2012

    • stex52 - Jun 19, 2013 at 3:28 PM

      Still rather see him stay. But I doubt it.

  6. rohlo - Jun 19, 2013 at 7:02 PM

    padres might be in play for him…heard it on the radio out here..padres have a young team and a great farm system now.they are 2 games out of first place in the west,new ownership “the o’malleys who use to own the dodgers back in the day” and a little money to spend.i expect the padres to make some moves at the deadline! they have been moving up. The Padres have gone 31-20 since May 1, are 21-7 in their last 28 home games and have pulled within two games of first-place Arizona in the NL West.

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