Here’s what you need to know today: After a long offseason, spring, and early season road trip, the San Francisco Giants have returned home to AT&T Park. They’ll face the Arizona Diamondbacks today at 1:35 pm in what appears to be a beautiful day in the Bay Area.
— San Francisco Giants (@SFGiants) April 8, 2014
Gates open at 11 am, but it sounds like a lot of people are already there. If you’re going, I’d get your butt over there ASAP so you don’t miss out on any pre-game fun.
Giants broadcaster, Duane Kuiper, was on KNBR Murph & Mac this morning. Here’s the tidbits he dropped this morning:
- Credited hot offensive start for Giants to Brandon Belt and his four home runs
- Now that Hunter Pence has picked up steam, Brandon Crawford is only guy left that needs to start coming through (and he thinks he will)
- Thinks Giants like Belt striking out and not drawing walks better now than before…because he’s hitting the ball better and not settling for a walk, like the past couple of seasons
- Second Base – Bruce Bochy likes what he’s seeing out of Brandon Hicks and he may get more starts against right-handed pitching
- No one know anything about Marco Scutaro, including Scutaro himself and no timeline on when he’ll be back
- Kuiper went 0 for 5 in his first opening day in 1976… Poor guy
ESPN released their MLB Power Rankings for week 2 and the Giants moved up from #15 to #5. Keep on underestimating us, guys. We’re okay with it. Here’s what they had to say about it:
With their biggest offseason free-agent signing being Michael Morse, I didn’t think the Giants did enough to improve their subpar offense from 2013. However, through the first week of the season, they sure have proved me wrong. It appears the Giants’ greatest strength in 2014 could indeed be their offense, as San Francisco leads the majors with 11 homers and is second only to Miami with 38 RBIs. — Andrew Tweedy, West Coast Bias
Apparently the Giants are still breaking other teams players, as it was reported that AJ Ellis of the Los Angeles Dodgers will be undergoing surgery.
— Andrew Baggarly (@CSNBaggs) April 8, 2014
Henry Schulman did an article about the side of Buster Posey we rarely see, but got a glimpse of in his “Mi Amor” commercial with Sergio Romo. It’s a good read, so head on over there: Buster Posey nails his line in Giants’ ad
Not much today, but it’s Opening Day at AT&T Park, so we’ll have you covered!