Bay Area native Pederson excited to join Giants in ‘even year’ originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — A few minutes before noon Thursday afternoon, Joc Pederson strolled onto the main field at Scottsdale Stadium and into the cage. His hair was platinum blonde, but the rest of the look fit right in.
Pederson was decked out in Giants gear and complemented the black long-sleeved shirt and jersey pants with black-and-orange spikes and white-and-orange sunglasses. Pederson’s one-year, $6 million deal came together quickly this week, but he already looked like he has been a Giant for years. In many ways, this was decades in the making.
The 29-year-old was born on the peninsula and starred at Palo Alto High School. As a young kid, his parents took him to the final game at Candlestick Park. When he was a high school senior, his friend Shawon Dunston Jr. got him into the Giants clubhouse, where Pablo Sandoval tossed him batting gloves and Pederson watched in awe as…