Welcome to the first edition of "JoPandering to the Fans", a quarterly segment where we uplift some thoughts and reflections on this past 2021 SF Giants season.
JoPandering to the Fans: SF Giants Holiday Edition
With Thanksgiving 2021 having just passed, it would be a great opportunity to showcase some fan reflections on who and what they have been thankful for throughout this past season. For this edition of Jopandering to the Fans, we ask the following: 1) Given the expectations for this 2021 SF Giants team, what was the most surprising highlight for you as a fan? 2) Which player or moment are you most thankful for this 2021 season?
Of course, it bears mentioning that a team who shockingly won 107 games to nab the NL West title from the Los Angeles Dodgers on the final game of the season will be full of surprises. This year's team set a franchise record for 107 season victories and it feels like expectations have been elevated as they head into the 2022 season (whenever that is).
Without further adieu, let's shift to our first respondent, who highlighted the improbable rise of a local pitcher to staff ace.