SAN FRANCISCO -- Bruce Bochy and Brian Sabean are close friends, colleagues, co-counselors, two-time champions and now contractually joined at the hip at least through the 2016 season.
So, of course, they sat side by side Thursday during the announcement of the twin three-year extensions the Giants manager and GM signed with the Giants.
As the 2013 season is set to start next week, in many ways, Sabean and Bochy are the Giants now.
They're the brains, discipline and emotional firepower that has pushed this franchise to two World Series titles in the last three years--the only two of its San Francisco existence.
If you have a triumphant, comfortable management team, you have to keep them together, and you have to pay them what they're worth.
Which is what Giants ownership did Thursday.
"The glory days of the franchise are now," CEO Larry Baer said. "And I think it's important to acknowledge that and to pay tribute to the people who have done it, from the general manager's office to the manager's office, to get us to where we are now."
Sabean hired Bochy in 2007, after the Giants suffered through two consecutive losing seasons; from there, the Giants turned in two more losing seasons under Bochy.
The victories weren't pouring in, but the two men -- who barely knew each other in 2007 -- had figured out that they were in this together.
"I'm proud that after the first two years here (Bochy) didn't knock me on my ass because we didn't do too well compared to what we thought we were going to do when he first got up here," Sabean said.
"We've had some bumps and bruises like we all have in this game ...
"Bruce is a tough SOB because he doesn't come off that way. And I think that's what's really appreciated by his players."
The turning points: A jump up to an 88-74 record in 2009, and then the arrival of Buster Posey in the early parts of 2010, and championships followed.
(Look-ahead note: Could a long-term deal for Posey be next?)
Based on Sabaean's comments about ownership compensating the two men based on their achievements, it's probably not a wild guess to say that.
Bochy and Sabean are now two of the top-paid men at their positions in the game.
"They really got us in a place that we feel good about our accomplishments as an organization and more so against our peers," Sabean said.
Bochy said he knows Sabean will always do what he can to improve the team whenever he can; Bochy cited the deals to acquire Pat Burrell in 2010 and Marco Scutaro and Hunter Pence last season.
And Sabean said Bochy "empowers the players," which allows them to flourish in a loose but demanding atmosphere.
"I think we complement each other well," Bochy said. "Maybe at times I'm a calming influence to him.
"It's I think a special situation I'm in, the fact that his office is right by mine and I can say anything I want to him. Voice my opinion. There's times where we don't always agree, but next day we're at the ballpark ready to go to work."
The two men unwind after games together, live near each other, debate together, celebrate together and then get back and try to do it again, as they will this season.
They know how good they've got it ... and they know how good they've made it for Giants' ownership.
"We have a great thing here, great city, great fans, great staff." Bochy said "I couldn't be in a better situation."
Same thing for Sabean. Same thing for the Giants ownership, players and fans. When you've got it right, and you've got it going, you keep it together as long as it can.