I don't know about you -- but I'm really getting psyched about the season. I don't think the Giants will win the West. Let's get that out of the way first. The Dodgers are still the clear favorite -- because they have the Man-Ram. I'm not sold on their piitching -- but I still think they'll win out.
That said -- I think this young Giants squad will be in contention from the opening round. This is a young and exciting team and we're building through the farm system again. The kids are at least a year away from reaching their full potential -- but they're really going to be fun to watch. You'll see a bunch of potential in a lot of games -- and you'll also see a number of youthful mistakes. It will almost be a carbon copy of last year's season -- with fewer mistakes.
Make no doubt about it -- we have the starting pitching NOW to contend. We have youth. We have experience. We've got a closer.
So, my prediction is this team will contend. We may actually find ourselves in first during some point in the season. This situation very much reminds me of when the Giants rebuilt through the farm system in the mid-80's to produce stars like Robby Thompson, Jose Uribe, Will Clark, etc. It took a few years for the kids to get it going, but once they did, we had a team that was in contention for a good five year stretch. And that was fun baseball to watch or listen too.
I still remember running the board at KYNO Radio in Fresno during that era, and always got the chills whenever I heard that "Humm Baby" theme music come over from the KNBR feed. That was my cue to "cue out the oldies music on KYNO" and "cue into live Giants baseball..."
Can you imagine getting paid for listening to Giants games????? Cutting up the highlights??? Using highlights to promote upcoming games??? That was a sweet assignment....