This being the era of instantaneous analysis, it took only seconds for someone to jump on Twitter and write, "Bruce Bochy: Giraffe Whisperer."
The joke made the rounds even as Brandon Belt was checking his body for serious bruising after the customary pounding a player absorbs after ending a game with a hit.
"I'm pretty light-headed and my kidneys hurt right now, so somebody got me," Belt said after his one-out single in the ninth gave the Giants a 5-4 victory against the Diamondbacks on Monday night, made possible by Buster Posey's two-run, game-tying homer in the eighth.
Bochy was on the field working with Belt more than four hours before the game, trying to get the first baseman out of his season-opening funk: 11 hits in 60 at-bats, a .183 average. It was the least Bochy could do after keeping Belt on the bench against left-handed starter Wade Miley.
Bochy stuck Belt at first base in the ninth inning in a double switch, and you could almost see this one coming after Andres Torres lined the first pitch of the inning, from lefty reliever Tony Sipp, into left for his second hit.
Brandon Crawford sacrificed Torres to second to bring up Belt. With Bochy's advice swimming in his head, he stayed back on a 1-1 offspeed pitch and sliced it into left-center field for his first walk-off hit since Double-A.
"Good for Brandon," Bochy said. "He's put in a lot of work the last couple of days. It's good to see it pay off at the right time. What a good piece of hitting."
Bochy said Belt had a "kind of calmness about him" at the plate, which is precisely what he did not have in building that sub-.200 average.
The manager did not give Belt any hitting secrets unlocked from a just-found Ted Williams manuscript.