Just as I was starting to think we might get through Spring Training with minimal disastrousness, everything started to, well, fall apart. That’s what I get for trying to be optimistic. The offense has started snoozing enthusiastically, the pitchers are pretty much looking at turns banged up (Vogey), cuckoo (Zito) and terrible (Zito again, plus a bunch of other starters and a few relievers). There’s no such thing as a free pass, huh? I am just trying to visualize this as the spring equivalent to the dog days of August and convincing myself that everything will be all ironed out by the Opening Day.
Cross your fingers with me, m’kay?
In other news, I have another example of the strange but undeniable fact that the Giants and I obviously mystically connected. Case in point? Just as they get all injured, I get a nasty fever and cold. Seriously, people. This is eerie. I spent last night making pesto with badly ground basil, watching Annie Hall and then promptly sleeping for thirteen hours or so. The fever has faded now. The Giants might try that, you know, if all else fails, because I am totally feeling better now. Who knows, some Woody Allen could do wonders for Brandon Belt’s sore hip!
The thing that’s really been on my mind lately, though, is the peculiar phenomenon of the Overperformer in Spring Training Who Makes Opening Day Roster Against All Odds. John Bowker comes to mind, but there’s really one almost every year. If I were not still groggy and sick, I would try to get some statistics on this front, because I am honestly extremely skeptical of these guys. Really, how often do they end up succeeding? Is there any good reason to believe that a little while longer in the minors would be terrible for them? I’ve been thinking about this, of course, because of Hector Sanchez, who is, admittedly, tearing it up with the bat and the Giants need that badly. But I think I am rooting against him playing in San Francisco on April 9th all the same. If nothing else, it makes for a much better story for the papers/Tweeps if he comes up in May, a la Buster Posey. And if something else, he might do a thousand times better. Stewart and/or Whiteside can do a perfectly good job keeping the bench warm, while Sanchez gets ready. This is what I vote for.