It’s been 6 full months since the Giants have played a meaningful game at AT&T Park. It’s been even longer since we’ve seen 70 degrees out here in Montana. Wouldn’t you know it, we’ve got both today.
Get your radio out and crank up some Thin Lizzy…
“Guess who just got back today? Those wild-eyed boys that had been away…”
“The nights are getting warmer, it won’t be long…It won’t be long till summer comes…Now that the boys are here again…”
Oh yeah, that sounds just about right to me. I’ll tell you, there’s not much that gets me as amped up as baseball on the shores of McCovey Cove. There’s a reason why I named this site what I did, you know. I’ll never forget the first time I walked up to the park. Coming in from the parking lots, the Cove was the very first thing that caught my eye. To this day, it still does.
Ok, 90 second soap box; start the clock. I had the Yankees game on for a few minutes during lunch today. It was the home opener in the Bronx, and the dang stadium wasn’t even full. I’m telling you, there’s no place like San Francisco these days. On that note, how in the world do the best fans in baseball, who come to one of the nicest new parks in the league, have to wait until the second week of the season to watch their team at home? Wasn’t it enough that we didn’t get to start our title defense at home last season? Terrible marketing… I’m looking at you, Mr. Selig. Just saying. Rant over.
So, it’s the Giants and Snakes, in less than an hour. Tim Hudson gets the start, and apparently there’s no team he likes to face more than Arizona. Has flat out dominated them over his career, and continued that last week out in the desert.
The lineup today:
All 3 Brandon’s in there today. Think Hicks didn’t make a statement with his play this spring? The coaching staff definitely took notice.
So begins a 9-game homestand, and a chance for the Giants to do even more damage in the division. These games, though early, are very important. If you can go, say 6-3 on this stint, you’ll head back out on the road with an 11-5 mark looking very good. As the old adage goes, if you can win at home and split on the road, you’ll be just fine.
That’s all I’ve got for you right now folks. If you’re lucky enough to be at the yard today, I hope you have a blast… and I hope you’re treated to a win. I’ll be tuning in from an iPad (so it goes in Big Sky Country). Either way, I’m just excited to have baseball back in my favorite place on this earth… the house that Bonds built. Happy (home) Opening Day, and go Giants!
(Photo courtesy of ballparkprints.com)