SCOTTSDALE, Ari. -- When a writer visits Brian Sabean, he's not ushered into the general manager's office and seated in a plush chair. Or at least this writer wasn't.
Wednesday afternoon, a few minutes before the Giants hosted the Mariners at Scottsdale Stadium, I was invited to join Sabean on the patio behind the club's spring-training office, in the direct view of the Arizona sun. It's for occasions like these that most everybody in these parts keeps sunglasses always at the ready.