With a h/t to Solidarity at McC, I give you this:
People ask me what I do in winter when there’s no baseball. I’ll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring. ~Rogers Hornsby
After watching the Diamondbacks celebrate their National League West title and stomp and champagne their way all over the sad Giant faces, the black and orange return to the grounds where the one time promising 2011 season ended.
The Giants had all the parts, despite their age, to return to glory in 2011 but down years and an insane amount of injuries derailed their plans. They sat atop the NL West early in the year, proving 2010 was no fluke but then Scott Cousins happened, Aubrey Huff couldn’t hit a beach ball and, well, I don’t need to extend the pain.
But 2012 is a new year and it begins today. It’s been a long offseason, one that was filled with questions that have now been answered happily to most of the Giants faithful. Brandon Belt is your starter (sorta) at first. Brandon Crawford? He’s apparently a 150 game starter, according to Bruce Bochy. Buster Posey? He’s looking healthy as can be. Aubrey Huff could probably hit a beach ball, but not much else (but hey, it’s something). Matt Cain is a San Francisco Giant for the extended future. Tim Lincecum and Madison Bumgarner – well, they’re Tim Lincecum and Madison Bumgarner. The offense, with the additions of Melky Cabrera, Angel Pagan and Gregor Blanco went from snail slow to Porsche fast. Okay, maybe more Dodge Charger fast – but it’s certainly no longer a Kia. The defense with the additions of Belt and Crawford on the infield goes from iffy to beyond solid.
In short – there’s a lot to be excited about if you’re a Giants fan right now. The club is improved and drastically younger (average age of 27!!!). Hard not to be smiling over that.
And oh yeah – it’s opening day!
Lincecum and the Giants start their plot for revenge at 4 pacific on ESPN2.