Liotta: Giants’ first month not all April showers

I have to give the Giants credit. I didn’t think they’d bring a single moment of baseball bliss to the Bay Area this season. Or next. Maybe not even in the one after that.

But Wednesday, they did it for me, the naysayer who has been at the head of the line of Giants naysayers.

I’m still sure there’ll be some lump-taking for the Giants down the road, but it was amazing how a well-played game on a beautiful afternoon at a beautiful ballpark can do it. Watching Jose Castillo circle the bases under a crisp, afternoon sun washed away all of my questions regarding this team. At least for that moment.

Sure, Jonathan Sanchez struggled a bit in this one, but the outing he had last Friday night earns him a start every five days for the rest of the season. No questions asked.

If Sanchez finds himself majorleague consistency, and the Giants can boast a Cain-Lincecum-

Sanchez trio at the top of their rotation, they’ll have something special. There will still be tons of work yet to do, but at least it’s a start.

For going 12-10 after a 1-6 start, the team and Bruce Bochy deserve a round of applause. They’re riding some solid young pitching right now. The fact that they’ve played 16 games against the National League West hasn’t hurt. The division suddenly looks to be the weakest in baseball.

With the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres unable to hit, the Colorado Rockies unable to play well and the Giants finding themselves, the door has been left open for the Arizona Diamondbacks. They look like they have some nice, young talent that might carry them a long way.

And, for at least for one afternoon in April, the Giants did, too.

Random thoughts:

» Every once in a while, you have to remind yourself — 42 home runs, 124 RBIs, .a 307 batting average and 40 stolen bases. Those are the 1988 statistics that earned a Most Valuable Player Award to baseball player-turned-clown Jose Canseco. I cringe every time his name is mentioned, so finding out he’s let his Los Angeles home fall into foreclosure really shouldn’t have come as a surprise. I marvel at where he surfaces these days.

» Al Davis is reorganizing his front office? I thought he was the front office in Raidersland. It’s probably a good move to add a salary-cap expert, but now? With all the spending he’s done this offseason, isn’t that like turning to an account after your checking account is overdrawn?

» One last look back at the NFL draft, upon which I offer not a clue as to who did well or who did not. I like the fact the 49ers brought in some guys who figure to help protect Alex Smith or whoever plays quarterback. But who is that quarterback going to throw to?

Tim Liotta is a freelance journalist and regular contributor to The Examiner.

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