The name was a perfect blend of everything we were trying to accomplish. It's inspired by the Coast Guard and a specific type of ship, and also refers to a kind of pitch. We're helping to teach a new generation about the cutter.

I'm sure as Bonds gets closer we'll try to come up with something.

In 2006 we'll have a lot of players coming up from (Class A Advanced) San Jose, where they won the California League Championship. If they can do that here it would be the icing on the cake.

Though I'm sure once he gets closer, they probably will.

We joked for a long time about going with something like Joe or Bob or Frank, and also considered Ernie the Eagle and Bender the Defender. But in the end it came down to Cutter. It made too much sense not to use it.