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San Francisco Giants: Angel Pagan should be “good to go.”

By Mark ONeill

The San Francisco Giants tweeted Wednesday morning that Angel Pagan “had successful offseason surgery; all reports have him working hard and he should be good to go. Good news for Giants fans.” Angel Pagan working hard and good to go when spring training starts up this February? Can you say “great success?”

Much of the upcoming season’s success rests on the surgically repaired back of this Giants offensive catalyst-not all, mind you, but enough so that Pagan can eliminate the bad taste in his mouth from having to watch from the bench, as each of his teammates shouldered additional weight to take up the slack in 2014.

Pagan does not want that hanging over his head one minute longer than necessary,so watch for him to exceed expectations when it comes to rehabbing. The idea that he would somehow shirk his responsibilities by dragging his feet in the process is unthinkable, because he wants to even the scales.

October 31, 2012; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants center fielder Angel Pagan salutes the crowd during the World Series victory parade at Market Street. The Giants defeated the Detroit Tigers in a four-game sweep to win the 2012 World Series. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-US PRESSWIRE

That salute with which he embellishes accomplishments, is his trademark signature that all is right with the universe, and that he has just contributed to the ongoing cause of Giants success.

There are salutes and then there is Pagan’s salute, a thing of beauty.

Having seen that process interrupted at a crucial point in last season’s debacle of a middle two months, he wants to surpass expectations on the way to another successful run at the playoffs.

Naysayers claim that Brian Sabean has not done enough to improve the Giants, based on what the Dodgers and Padres have done, but Angel Pagan might argue that his return will have an immediate positive impact. Others less diplomatic than Pagan might politely suggest that detractors should just STF, er, stuff it.