So the day got off to a rocky start for me with the headline:
Giants lefty Zito taken to hospital after car accident.
The actual news stories added the unimportant fact that he was also released from the hospital. He’s okay. Neck brace and precautionary MRI, but he’s okay. It took me a few hours of Enya and Owl City to calm down. These things strike at the weirdest times, don’t they? I hope he’s good to start on Sunday.
The fact that Real Live Baseball That Counts happened today lightened the mood, although the last 45 minutes before the Giants game were torture. I’ve lasted months and months without baseball, but somehow the home stretch felt very long.
The other thing that was torture? Yeah. The game. There were good things about it and there were bad things. As an eternal positivist (sort of), I’m going to start with the good stuff.
Brandon Belt looked good. He looked confident and ready to go and totally above the hype. Half of me is 110% sold on him, even though half of my brain says it’s too early for that. Overall, I think we’ll be seeing him at first base for a long time to come.
Tim Lincecum. I was worried he was going to melt. His hair looked really long (was that just me) and he looks borderline vampirical in heat. And though he didn’t look totally tip-top, he wasn’t worrisome to me.
Buster was, a little bit. He felt out of it. He was one for four and, of course, had that play with Sandoval at third. He might just have been tired or something. The whole defense looked like it did at the exhibition games, which is not surprising since it’s only two days later. But it’s ever so slightly more troublesome on Opening Day.
And do y’all think Timmy hit Uribe on purpose? I am of the opinion that it was a “hello there, remember me?” pitch. But I’m curious to hear the buzz ’round here.
So now I’m going to listen to more Enya and Owl City and remind myself that it’s the first game and it really doesn’t matter. 1 down, 161 to go.
p.s. And as I said in the title: “fire Sabean”, “get some darn offense” and “the Giants can’t repeat” are totally unwarranted.