So I chose a kind of a weird time to go on vacation. While some of the biggest decisions in recent Giants-fan memory were coming out, I was walking to and from the pool and kinda-sorta trying for a tan. (No luck there.) When I finally started catching up, I started looping my Enya and went to Twitter. It’s probably a good thing I had the über-calming music going because, well, my jaw pretty much dropped at the initial 25 man news. And just as I was picking it up off the floor, I read the Chris Stewart news. I am still attempting to connect jaw to rest of head and it’s not working terribly well. Whoa, whoa, whoa, for lack of a better way of putting it. I did not see any of this coming, but I am happy with it, all around. The Giants are looking pretty young and energized going into Opening Day and what else can you really ask for? (Other than pre-steroid scandal Ryan Braun starting in left, but hey, you can’t have it all.)
I’m sad to see Chris Stewart go, because I was rather partial to him, but I am also always glad to see guys go the Yankees. It feels like sending them to a family member’s house, rather than to a complete stranger, to use a slightly strange analogy. That is my inner New Yorker speaking, don’t mind it. So in many ways, I’m actually happy for Stewart and wish him safe travels with the Yankees.
Here is my happy waving GIF, because if you don’t laugh, you might cry. Not that I cry about baseball trades. Usually. Let’s not talk Bengie Molina and I’ll be fine. Don’t get between me and my catchers, people. People being Brian Sabean.
And now! I’m a couple hours late this year, but I’m going to do some predictions now. I like to do them before the season kicks off, but just bear with me. It’s not like the first few innings of a game give me any edge on the rest of you who predicted a few days ago, so!
East: Philadelphia Phillies
Central: St. Louis Cardinals
West: San Francisco Giants
Wildcards: Colorado Rockies, Cincinnati Reds
East: New York Yankees
Central: Detroit Tigers
West: Texas Rangers
Wildcards: Tampa Bay Rays, Cleveland Indians
See? No need to worry that I have an edge, prediction-wise. I am so terrible with ‘em that the timing makes zero difference. But now I have put them out there and can cringe over them for the next six months or so and it just wouldn’t be baseball season without that. Have you all made predictions? Put them (or a link to them) in the comments so we can commiserate/I can get completely jealous of your brilliance. ‘K? ‘K.
Happy Pappy Opening Day!
Ever-So-Slightly-Tanned Diamond Girl