Matt Cain reveals how one conversation w/ Bochy inspired his career

3-time champ and perfect game author joins 'Mornings W/ Joe, Lo & Dibs'

Karl Buscheck
October 04, 2017 - 4:04 pm

Recently retired San Francisco Giants right-hander Matt Cain joined “Mornings W/ Joe, Lo & Dibs” on 95.7 The Game on Wednesday to talk about his time with the orange and black and how one long-ago discussion with manager Bruce Bochy set his entire career in motion.

“Boch ended up having a good conversation with me which was a polite conversation but not so polite conversation,” Cain recalled. “It was actually in 2008 in Kansas City.

“I had gone out and given up three runs in the first inning and ended up going eight innings and kind from that point on, afterwards Boch even said to me, he's like, 'Hey I think you can be even better than you are.'”

“And I'm going, 'You've got to be kidding me. I just went eight the other day after giving up three in the first. Like I should be, like, awesome right now.'”

“And he's like, 'You know what, but I think you can be better than that. I think you can push yourself further than you believe you can.”

“And him and I kind of had it out on the field a little bit and in the dugout.”

“And from then on, it was like, 'You know what, I'm going to take this challenge. I'm going to push myself conditioning wise and I know that no matter what goes on during the game that my legs will always be under me and I'm never going to be out of breath in an inning. And the guys in the box are going to know that.

“And, you know what, I appreciate him kicking me in the a-- and really telling me that because I think it's something that drove me to push myself even harder out there on the mound and to reach that little bit of a higher level.”

Check out Cain's full interview with Joe Fortenbaugh, Lorenzo Neal and Dan Dibley in the podcast below:

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