SAN FRANCISCO -- Before the Marlins and Giants kicked off their three-game series Tuesday night at AT&T Park, Cody Ross made sure to walk over and say hello to his former boss, Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria.
The two shared a few laughs and then a hug before Ross went back to slugging balls into the stands during batting practice.
“We didn’t talk about cars,’’ Loria said. “He just came over to say hello."
Ross, who hit .265 with 80 home runs and 297 RBI in 593 games for the Marlins before he was awarded on a waiver claim to the Giants last Aug.21, is still hoping Loria changes his mind about giving him his red Ferrari.
Last spring, before the Marlins revamped their outfield, fired their manager and watched Ross help lead the Giants to the World Series, Loria made a promise to his players Ross still hasn’t forgotten about.
“He came to us in spring training and told us if you are the NLCS MVP he would give us his red Ferrari,’’ Ross said. “So, after I won it, I shot him a text message and said, ‘I did it. Are you going to hold up your end of the bargain and give me that red Ferrari?’ He kind of chuckled, laughed back and said, ‘You have to be a Marlin to do it.’
“I’m still hoping one of these days he’ll give it to me. ‘Thanks for all your hard work when you were a Marlin.’"
Ross, 30, doesn’t have Loria’s Ferrari, but he’s still collecting his share of rewards with the world champions. His rise from Marlins cast-off to NLCS MVP landed him a one-year, $6.3 million deal this offseason and plenty of love from the Giants faithful, who make sure to spoil him whenever he’s in the city.
When he returned to his hometown of Carlsbad, N.M., Ross said was given the key to the city and the town designated a “Cody Ross Day."
“I haven’t had to pay for too many meals in this city,’’ said Ross, who came into Tuesday’s game hitting .256 with three homers and 11 RBI in 29 games.
“Everybody in the city, everywhere you go, everyone is wearing Giants hats, Giants shirts, [Buster] Posey jerseys and [Tim] Lincecum jerseys, shirts. This is a small city — what, seven or eight square miles — and everybody here is Giants fans. Everywhere you go everyone still says, ‘Congratulations!’ and ‘Thank you!’ It’s definitely different than South Beach."