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Bruce Bochy has Alex Smith’s back at Giants’ pre-game press conference, rocks 49ers cap (video)

Sep 20, 2012, 3:02 PM EDT

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As we wrote on Wednesday, Alex Smith has been warned by the NFL not to wear his customary San Francisco Giants cap for post-game 49ers press conferences. Penalty for the next infraction? He’ll be fined $15,000, payable in one easy installment.

Well Alex, Bruce Bochy feels your pain. From Alex Pavlovic of the San Jose Mercury News:

Bochy wore a 49ers hat to his pre-game press conference Thursday, saying it was his way of saying thanks.

“Alex supported us so I’m going to support him,” Bochy said. “They’re a great club and I’m honored to wear it.”

But is Bochy fearful that Bud Selig will slap him with a fine?

“I don’t think (I’ll get fined),” he said. “We’re having fun here. This is our way of saying thanks.”

The hat is a 7 3/4, and Bochy’s notoriously-large noggin takes an 8 1/3. Fortunately, the Giants have a hat-stretcher.

Photo courtesy San Francisco Giants.

Video via Larry Brown Sports.