Logan Webb on Giants’ extension: ‘I couldn’t picture being anywhere else’
Apr 14, 2023, 2:49 PM | Updated: 3:21 pm
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The San Francisco Giants are keeping one of their own in the building, signing ace pitcher Logan Webb to a five-year, $90 million Friday.
A move months in the making, the Orange & Black are thrilled to retain Webb’s services until after the 2028 season. Only 26 years old, the Giants hope to build around the star pitcher for the foreseeable future, embodying values SF covets both on and off the field.
“It’s very well deserved,” Giants’ president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi said Friday. “Logan is really the embodiment of the kind of player we want to build around. When considering the performance, the competitiveness, his love and ties with the Bay Area, how much the organization means to him as a homegrown player, so it’s really the perfect fit.”
MLB contracts are typically sorted out in the offseason, making Webb’s situation a bit peculiar to say the least. Regardless, the desired outcome was finally reached, taking some weight off of the player’s shoulders for this season.
“It was important for me to be able to say I can wear a Giants uniform for a long time. And it’s important for not only myself, but my family and especially my community back home; I know they’re very excited. There’s a lot of diehard Giants fans in Rocklin, California. So I’m where I want to be and, like I said, it’s an honor,” Webb stated.
— Erik Webb (@ErikWebb18) April 14, 2023
A native of Rocklin, Logan Webb attended many local sporting events in the community during the offseason, including at his alma mater, Rocklin High School. Growing up in the community, it still feels surreal to see kids wearing his jersey around town, one of the many reasons he calls the Giants organization home.
“It’s honestly amazing, like I couldn’t picture being anywhere else. And it is awesome because I do see everywhere we go but especially at home, you know how many times I hear ‘Go Rocklin’ or ‘Let’s Go Thunder’. Going back to the community and going to some high school games and seeing kids from my area wear my jersey like it’s pretty, pretty awesome,” Webb said with a smile.
But his connection to home is bigger than just the fans, wanting to give back to the community based on his own personal tragedies.
Logan Webb shared the story of his cousin, Kade Webb, losing due to a fentanyl overdose in December of 2021. Logan was very close with his cousin, as was the rest of his family still residing in Rocklin. Giving details on the event, including a long night talking with police outside of a local Safeway, Logan explained how he wants to shed light on an epidemic that’s sweeping the nation.
“I just know how much it has affected my family and part of the reason why I want to get the awareness out is because I saw how devastating it was for my family,” he explained. “I really don’t want to see any other families have to deal with the same thing…It’s a really big problem that’s going on and I think it’s just important to get the awareness out especially to our younger generation.”
Logan Webb will contribute money from his new contract to awareness around the dangers of fentanyl. He lost cousin Kade Webb in December 2021. They were close, the family is devastated by this. Webb will commit efforts and to doing what he can through the Giants Community Fund.
— Janie McCauley (@JanieMcCAP) April 14, 2023
As part of his new deal, Webb will make donations to the Giants Community Fund of $40,000 next year, $60,000 in 2025, $115,000 in 2026 and 2027 and $120,000 in 2028.
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