Not that you’d miss it – right – but the boys in orange and black packed up their cleats and gloves yesterday and made their way north where they’ll open up AT&T Park for the 2013 season tonight.
Opposing the cross-bay Athletics, Tim Lincecum will take the hill in the annual pre-season series at 7:15, which will be carried live on CSN-Bay Area. The Giants and Athletics will also play tomorrow night at AT&T Park before heading to Oakland for the series finale on Saturday afternoon.
In addition to what will be the 25 man roster making the trip, the Giants brought along with them a handful of their upper echelon talent (and a couple not-so-upper echelon, sorry Yusmeiro Petit) to get a small taste of what could be just a few years away. Along with the aforementioned Petit, Joe Panik, Heath Hembree, Nick Noonan, Jackson Williams, Ehire Adrianza and Jake Dunning will spend a few days in the Bay to be something other than a $25 dollar a day “extra” who has to make the drive from Fresno to spend a few hours shagging balls or being the pickle in a run-down drill.
And for those wondering, yes, it will be the Golden Boy Buster Posey catching Lincecum tonight. Please, don’t hurt him, Tim. He’s kind of important and stuff.