The San Francisco Giants will put a bow on the 2018 season this weekend when they host the Los Angeles Dodgers for a pivotal three-game series.
It happens every year — you blink and the San Francisco Giants season is gone. People complain about how long the baseball season is, but this time every year it feels very short to me.
A season that started with some hope and promise turned into another disappointing season. But with three games left, here are a few things we need see.
- Heart: For a team that hasn’t shown a lot of heart the past couple of years, I’d love to see young and old players on this team show a lot of passion this weekend. It’s a huge opportunity for the San Francisco Giants to deny their rival a shot at the division, and possibly even knock them out of the playoffs altogether. If you can’t show some fight for this series, don’t bother to show up next spring.
- Hunter Pence: I know I just said these games carry a lot of meaning and we need to put our best lineup out there, but there has to be some sort of fan service for Hunter Pence. And for as bad as he has been, I think there is some magic left in the tank, and I wouldn’t be surprised at all if he has another big moment for the San Francisco Giants this weekend.
- MadBum Masterpiece: I’m so glad they pushed Madison Bumgarner back for Friday night as I would have blasted them if they had not. Now it’s time for MadBum to go out and do his thing. We need to see a brilliant performance from MadBum on Friday night to set the tone for the weekend.
Those are the three main things I’ll be watching for this weekend, along with the Dodgers losing.
Above all else, these are the last three games of the season for the San Francisco Giants. As hard as they have been to watch at times, I’ll regret it all offseason and I don’t sit down and enjoy watching them play one last time in 2018.