SAN FRANCISCO,CA- Angel Pagan pulls up a chair next to pitcher Santiago Casilla to offer support, as both a thoughtful teammate and an interpreter.

He even interjects his own thoughts from time to time, calling Casilla's journey to consistent closer a "brave" one.

The San Francisco Giants' friendly new center fielder has been as reliable in the clubhouse as he has on the diamond in the first half.

And Pagan - who turned 31 on Monday - loves every minute of it. He looks back and considers his brief stint studying English in community college among the best decisions he ever made - and it didn't even have to do with baseball. Yet it sure has helped him to communicate in his athletic career, and aided so many others, too.