Giles brothers set to win Padres a title
San Diego natives ready to fulfill championship dreams
SAN DIEGO -- Two down ... one to go.
Growing up in San Diego County, Brian and Marcus Giles had three collective goals. One was to make the big leagues, the second was to play together, and the third was to win a World Series championship.
On Wednesday afternoon, the Brothers Giles achieved their second goal when Marcus Giles was introduced to the media alongside his brother Brian at a press conference at PETCO Park.
Marcus Giles, the Padres' new second baseman, passed his physical on Tuesday and agreed to a one-year contract reportedly with a base salary of $3.2 million this season with incentives that could take his contract to $4.25 million. There is also a club option for 2008 at $4 million.
"This is obviously a dream come true for my family and me," Marcus Giles said. "I know it's something Brian and I have been waiting for all of our lives."
"I kind of echo what Marcus said," Brian Giles said. "Since the offseason and what's transpired, we talked a lot about how we'd like to play together before this all happened. Two of our three goals are coming true. The third one is still to win a championship."
"I know my brother being here and the way he cares about the game, his personality, the way he cares about his teammates from talking to the Braves, it's going to be a great addition," Brian said. "Hopefully, that pushes us to the next level."
"It's a very exciting day here in San Diego," said Padres general manager Kevin Towers while introducing Marcus Giles. "In the last six or seven years, when we went head-to-head with the Braves, I've always admired what this young man has been able to accomplish over the years. He plays the game the right way, he plays it hard, he plays it like his brother does. He knows when he comes up, he knows he can do a lot of damage with his bat. He's a doubles machine, and he's improved a great deal defensively.
"We always had a great deal of respect for [Marcus], somebody we felt that if he ever became a free agent, we'd be interested. Knowing Brian, I think these two will push one another. In the last couple of years, they've always had their eyes on what each were doing. They are a competitive bunch."
This isn't the first time that the Padres have reunited brothers in San Diego.
"We've had the Alomars, we've had the Gwynns in San Diego, and now we have the Giles," Towers said. "Hopefully, this will be a lot longer than just one year, and hopefully he and Brian will be here for a long time and make great things happen for the San Diego Padres."
Many of the questions for the Giles brothers were about their fun-loving nature and how they would interact in the clubhouse.
"The clubhouse will definitely be fun," said Marcus Giles. "You need to have fun in this game. The season is way too long to take every second as every second. You have to take it as a whole. It's a marathon, not a sprint. I think the more we have fun in there, the looser we'll be on the field, and our performance will show from that."
Asked about their competitiveness, Marcus Giles noted: "In my short time in the Major Leagues, I haven't been taken out harder by a player at second base during a double play than Brian. I guess it shows you how much he's out there to win, and I'm the same way. He's just lucky he's not playing second."
Asked about the reaction of their families, Brian recalled: "We were all at the Chargers game Sunday when we got word from our agent. The first thing my mom was saying was, 'Oh gosh, you guys get to shower together.'"
To which Marcus replied, "I tried to get him not to say that. That was a long time ago."
Giles played in 141 games for the Atlanta Braves in 2006, batting .262 with 32 doubles, two triples, 11 home runs, 60 RBIs and 97 runs scored. He has a .285 lifetime average and has 30 or more doubles in three of the last four seasons, including a career-high 49 doubles in 2003 when he made the NL All-Star team.
"I know Marcus has been on Kevin's radar since I came on board in November," said new Padres manager Bud Black. "The first time I saw Marcus and Brian together was in Orlando years ago. You could tell there was a special bond between them. We were out one night having dinner, they were a lot of fun. I am looking forward to seeing them play. They play the game with a lot of passion and have fun, and they know all about winning."
Marcus said he is looking forward to playing alongside not only his brother, but shortstop Khalil Greene.
"That's one of the most exciting parts," said Marcus. "Knowing how Khalil is out there defensively, obviously the Gold Glove-caliber [player] he can be. It's just going to be exciting to turn double plays with him, and just watch him and some of the awesome plays he makes."
Towers, who is still waiting to meet with another San Diego native -- pitcher David Wells -- talked about the virtues of bringing in players and coaches with ties to San Diego to be part of the local team.
"I think Padres fans have a great deal of respect for people who have played collegiately here or through the amateur levels here within San Diego, then have reached stardom or had success at the big league level," Towers said.
"I don't think all San Diegans fit," added Towers. "But we feel the people we brought in here to the Padres with San Diego ties -- Marcus, Brian and Buddy Black -- people really appreciate."
Sandy Burgin is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.