Not to worry, that’s not my relationship with the Giants. We are solidly together. That’s their relationship with themselves. Doesn’t this seem like an eerie-reverse-repeat of last year? In early-season 2010 it was, Play the people we should play (overpaid veterans) or play the people who are actually hot right now? The difference now is that the people we should play are the misfit World Series Champions and the fans are on their side.
It’s not an ultimatum. Every night the lineup can be different. But I think it’s time to adjust to the fact that it’s a new year, with new potential heroes and leave behind this Cody Ross thing. I mean, he batted .269 last year which is exactly the same as Miguel Tejada. So why is Tejada greeted with skepticism and Ross hailed as the savior of the offense? I understand that Ross was a playoff hero and I have nothing against him, but I could honestly see a scenario in a few weeks where Nate Schierholtz is a more productive bat from right field than Cody. Just like Wilson coming back doesn’t save the team, neither will Ross. Basically, when Rowand is hot he can play and when he isn’t he can sit. We’re used to that.
2011 is shaping up to be another year of switching and scrapping and figuring it out. And there might be some pretty different faces than last year. There’s no such thing as a “repeat” season. If we make it back to the top, it won’t be because we did the same thing as last year.
And I really hope that they put Belt in right. In the long run for the organization, he makes most sense there and it’s time to start getting him used to his future home. Nate is probably most useful as a trading pawn and Ross and Belt can share right field. (Speaking of which… right field has always struck me as more random than left. The phrase should be “out of right field”, really.)
p.s. Why is the background for Aubrey Huff’s MLBlog Dodgers themed? There should be a million question marks on that.
UPDATE: Aaaaand it’s fixed!