Not a whole lot of excitement during the first weekend of Giants camp. Let’s see, Pablo looks fit (we already knew that from the pictures this winter), Hector Sanchez has shed some pounds himself, Morse and Hudson are healthy and fitting in nicely. We’re hearing all the things we want to hear this time of year. I have no problem with that. For this group, at this stage, I feel like no news is good news.
We’ll see how everyone holds up once the actual games start in a couple weeks, but right now I’m sensing a good vibe from this crew. A ton of the position players were already in camp on Friday (Posey, Pablo, Morse, Pence, among others), and that’s a good thing to see. The early attitude seems to be very professional, but you know there are a few personalities on this team who will make sure things stay light when they need to. You have to have a nice mixture of personalities in athletics to balance each other out, and this roster seems like it could form a very cohesive group.
As for our kids, Alex Pavlovic has some video of guys like Edwin Escobar, Kyle Crick, Ty Blach and Derek Law throwing bullpens, but the footage is very far away. Not too exciting in my opinion, but here’s the link:
Here’s a pretty cool piece from Andy Baggarly today on Escobar. I know the organization and Baggs himself have mentioned Esky at different times this winter, but I’ve got to think this is the first major article I’ve ever seen dedicated to Escobar. Pretty sweet stuff, as he was essentially a no-name guy this time last year.
Actually, I remember reading the lengthy Escobar vs Mejia debate over at DrB’s site last year during prospect rankings season… how many Giants fans do you think were talking at length about those two guys last offseason? My guess: not many, as the majority of the attention was on Crick and Blackburn. So, I guess you could say it is very rewarding to see guys like Escobar getting big-league mention, especially for the small number of “die-hards” who were excited about him way before the beats started telling his story.
Here’s a snippet from that piece… straight from the Skipper’s mouth to Baggs’ notepad: “He (Escobar) has a different look about him this spring. I think he sees he’s a guy who’s in the mix and also knocking on the door right now. He’s coming out of the chute throwing the ball better than last spring.”
That, my friends, is what you like to hear.
Hopefully more tomorrow, including the biggest question looming for los Gigantes this spring. The days are getting brighter…