And We’re Off…Well, Kinda…
So, today is one of the most anticipated days I’ve had since the Yankees did what they always do…win championships.
I sometimes wonder if it gets old…you know…winning all the time. As a competitive person myself, I can probably guess that it doesn’t, but then again I don’t have any fans cheering me on during slow pitch softball games or when I duff a shot on the golf course…so it might be a little different. I guess what I am trying to say is that when you always win (or support a team that always wins) and are scarcely the underdog, it has to get a tad boring. It’s the same ol’ song and dance and I am gearing up to change the radio station.
Last year was what many people call a “rebuilding” year our SF Giants. Our seemingly rag tag team (with the best pitching in baseball, a-thank you) gave it their best shot at making the post season, and it almost happened. Do I think we would have won the whole enchilada? No, probably not. But, we would have stirred things up a bit that’s for sure.
Since today is the magical day when pitchers and catchers report to their respective camps with dreams of what the 2010 season can bring, I have to ask myself what my dreams and expectations for the boys this year are…
I think that the NL West is going to be much more difficult this year than in 2009. If the Giants want to contend we need to win as many games early in the season as we can. Playing catch up to reach a playoff spot isn’t easy in September.
Our hitting…my, my, my…where do I begin…let’s just say I am not 100% sure that we made the off season moves we needed to in order help our bullpen and starting pitchers for 2010. Last year we saw WAY too many one run games (or rather 1-0 or 2-1 final scores). I would almost rather lose 15-3…but that’s just me. Also, our R(left)ISP in 2009 was too high not to notice and want to pull your hair out about.
Here are my notes for our SF Giants for the 2010 season
1) STAY HEALTHY
2) Base hits will do the job, but homeruns get it done faster…let’s mix it up and do both more often
3) Help your pitcher out! Have strong D behind whoever is on the mound
4) Score early! (and frequently, please…)
5) Have fun! (the boys play so much better when they look like they are relaxed and enjoying the game)
6) Beat the Dodgers…every time. Oh, and the A’s…I am sick of the smack talking.
I truly believe that if we can accomplish most of these things we will have a wide open door to the playoffs and beyond. These kids (and not so much kids) are starting to come around and I can only dream of where this season will take them.
Here’s to 2010 boys! GOOD LUCK AND KICK SOME BOOOOOOTY!