I’ve mentioned time and time again how Spring is my favorite season when it comes to sports.
With the NBA and NHL Playoffs on the horizon, the NFL Draft a few weeks away, and of course, the start of a new baseball season, what’s not to love?
Well, nobody loved watching the San Francisco Giants play baseball a season ago, as they were beaten early and often on the way to a 98-loss season.
The Giants will open their home slate Tuesday afternoon against the Seattle Mariners after splitting their season-opening four-game series against the defending National League Champion Los Angeles Dodgers.
Fans should be excited about Andrew McCutchen and Evan Longoria donning the cream and orange for the first time in their careers. Also, the Giants usually put on a spectacle for the folks at AT&T Park for the home opener.
It’s highly doubtful that Madison Bumgarner will be arriving on a horse, and there will definitely be no banners being raised this time around.
Hopefully, the faithful fans that’ll call in sick to work, skip class and make there way down to AT&T Park, can watch the Giants barrel the bats and score some runs.
What happened during their series against the Dodgers had to be an anomaly, right? In those four games in L.A., the Giants scored two runs in 36 innings thanks to Joe Panik — who hit solo shots off of Clayton Kershaw and Kenley Jansen.
Not since 1988 has a major league baseball team failed to total no more than two runs in the first four games of a season. The Baltimore Orioles accomplished that, and now they have some company.
Longoria is obviously pressing (0-for-15 to start), as well as McCutchen (1-for-16), and it’s too early to panic about the lineup. I believe they’ll score some runs and are capable of carrying a team with Madison Bumgarner, Jeff Samardzija and Mark Melancon.
Overall, the Giants were 1-for-28 with runners in scoring position, and the one hit they registered didn’t drive in a run. It was like it was 2017 all over again.
This fanbase is dying to see the lineup hit for more power and desperate to see the Giants blow out the scoreboard light bulbs due to scoring so many runs. The offense will come.
So enjoy all the bunting displayed over the yard and relish the crab sandwiches and garlic fries, it’ll be a good time at AT&T Park.
Oh, and trust me when I say you won’t be snoozing off while the Giants are batting. They’ll start hitting and they’ll be more exciting than a season ago. Just be patient, Giants fan.
Bonta Hill of 95.7 The Game can be heard from 12-3 on the Greg Papa Show. Born and bred in San Francisco, he is a sports junkie who loves to sit in the lab (home), eats breakfast food for dinner, and has a newfound love for tequila. Follow at your own risk on Twitter @BontaHill.