The Boys are Back in Town

It’s been 6 full months since the Giants have played a meaningful game at AT&T Park. It’s been even longer since we’ve seen 70 degrees out here in Montana. Wouldn’t you know it, we’ve got both today.

Get your radio out and crank up some Thin Lizzy…

“Guess who just got back today? Those wild-eyed boys that had been away…”

“The nights are getting warmer, it won’t be long…It won’t be long till summer comes…Now that the boys are here again…”

Oh yeah, that sounds just about right to me. I’ll tell you, there’s not much that gets me as amped up as baseball on the shores of McCovey Cove. There’s a reason why I named this site what I did, you know. I’ll never forget the first time I walked up to the park. Coming in from the parking lots, the Cove was the very first thing that caught my eye. To this day, it still does.

Ok, 90 second soap box; start the clock. I had the Yankees game on for a few minutes during lunch today. It was the home opener in the Bronx, and the dang stadium wasn’t even full. I’m telling you, there’s no place like San Francisco these days. On that note, how in the world do the best fans in baseball, who come to one of the nicest new parks in the league, have to wait until the second week of the season to watch their team at home? Wasn’t it enough that we didn’t get to start our title defense at home last season? Terrible marketing… I’m looking at you, Mr. Selig. Just saying. Rant over.

So, it’s the Giants and Snakes, in less than an hour. Tim Hudson gets the start, and apparently there’s no team he likes to face more than Arizona. Has flat out dominated them over his career, and continued that last week out in the desert.

The lineup today:

Angel Pagan

Brandon Belt

Pablo Sandoval

Buster Posey

Hunter Pence

Mike Morse

Brandon Hicks

Brandon Crawford

Tim Hudson

All 3 Brandon’s in there today. Think Hicks didn’t make a statement with his play this spring? The coaching staff definitely took notice.

So begins a 9-game homestand, and a chance for the Giants to do even more damage in the division. These games, though early, are very important. If you can go, say 6-3 on this stint, you’ll head back out on the road with an 11-5 mark looking very good. As the old adage goes, if you can win at home and split on the road, you’ll be just fine.

That’s all I’ve got for you right now folks. If you’re lucky enough to be at the yard today, I hope you have a blast… and I hope you’re treated to a win. I’ll be tuning in from an iPad (so it goes in Big Sky Country). Either way, I’m just excited to have baseball back in my favorite place on this earth… the house that Bonds built. Happy (home) Opening Day, and go Giants!

(Photo courtesy of ballparkprints.com)

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Actually, given the weather, the Giants’ home opener worked out perfectly. The A’s had two games rained out last week. It’s a gorgeous day in the Bay Area today.

Well I wish I could be there, but I stand by my argument about starting the season at home. As a fanbase and an organization, we’ve earned it!

According to what I heard on the radio, the Giants purposefully ask to start the season on the road, so that they can get their preferences in scheduling later in the season. So it is the Giants wish to start the season on the road.

I had always wondered about that because the weather in SF usually means no rainouts, so you would think the MLB would want to start the season there.

But I understand the Giants choice to do this. It raises the bar for the players immediately because you are battling on the road right away. In addition, the team should be ending the season with more home games than road games, when your team (hopefully) is battling for a playoff spot. Teams aren’t as laser-focused on their record in the early games, but as you get into the final months, that’s when you need every advantage that you can get, even if it is a few more home games than road games down the stretch. I am not sure how the Giants benefit in scheduling, unless it is a reference to my point about more home games at the end of the season, so I’ll have to take their word on it.

That home advantage is not true for the final month of 2014, as there are 15 games on the road and 10 at home, but they do end with 4 against the Padres at home, and in total 17 at home vs. 15 on the road to end the season. That could mean an extra win or two in that stretch than if it were 16 of each.

The Giants prefer to defer the kickoff. They want the ball in the second half. Matriculate it right on down the field. But good accounting OGC – it looks pretty even other than finishing at home. Those Padres should be playing out the string as will the Dbacks. We’ll see about the Rocks. They may have some pitching come through.

How’s the snow melt in Big Sky? Time to throw the ball around up there.

Snow’s all gone here in Billings. Little League tryouts should have been last weekend. Not coaching this time around.

Hi Kyle,.. Tyler turned me on to your blog.. Great job…loads of info, have you thought about advertising… you could make some coin with this…. Darcie’s Dad Richard…

Hey Richard! Thanks for reading. I had some advertisements put on a few months ago. It doesn’t pay much, but I am definitely making a little bit of money. Stuck at the Denver airport at the moment, headed to Sacramento. See you guys next week!

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