Let’s go in reverse chronological order:
Brandon Belt made the team. I’m ever so slightly conflicted about that, but mostly happy. Seeing him the past two nights had me fully convinced that he’s ready. He looks utterly comfortable on the Major League scene. And he cried when he got the news. The sweet kid. Really sad to see Ishikawa on waivers, though. He feels like a relic of the pre-Championship era Giants and while it sounds totally crazy, I loved the pre-Championship era Giants. Happy travels to him, wherever he ends up.
I also hope Affeldt gets the closer job in Wilson’s absence. That cuts their number of proficient lefty relievers in half, but I think he’s a good candidate for closing. And I get this rush of modern-day abolitionist pride whenever he comes out to pitch. (As I mentioned before, I am currently doing a charity project about slavery in the chocolate industry for my birthday. Check it out here.)
Spring has come to a close and the Giants are breaking camp looking pretty darn good. Make that really darn good.
Onto last night.
Who knew it was St. Patrick’s Day 2.0? So. Much. Green. I caught the end of the A’s Fan Tailgate event and they sure know how to throw a fan event. It was simple, intuitive and interesting. And I got four autographs in five minutes. Conor Jackson (::Diamond Girl faints::), Andy LeRoche, Eric Sogard (he totally has glasses!) and Josh Willingham. They were all very sweet and so was the length of the line.
The Comcast SportsNet booth was also really great. They had a SportsNet Central set and people could go on and broadcast a minute-long recap of Dallas Braden’s perfect game. Me and my little brother did it.
Aren’t we adorable? The teleprompter was fun enough to vaguely revive my politician aspirations and the producer was really sweet. He let me look at his camera and watch them from behind. Fascinating.
We eventually went in and what followed was 2 ½ hours of a mesmerizing Zito start and asparagus dipped in olive oil with pepper (no, they don’t sell that. I brought it. Obviously). It was a lovely evening and I was reminded why I love The Coliseum. They just need to rip out the top of the centerfield wall, so that there’s a view of the Oakland Hills.
Of all the pitchers I’ve seen, Zito carries the most stuff around while he’s preparing for his start. A jacket, a bag of inidentifed stuff, a juice bottle and a water bottle.
I’m going to do pre-Opening Day predictions really fast now. I am bad with predications, so take it all with a grain of salt. I just want to have it on record in case I am, ahem, right.
Boston Red Sox
San Francisco Giants
There you have it. Opening Day is so soon. Breathe deeply.