One of the fun and unique things about attending a baseball game is the anticipation of who the starting pitcher or pitchers will be. When the Giants were here in 2007, it appeared that Tim Lincecum would pitch on Saturday. We bought tickets for that game, but the Giants announced their star ace needed some arm rest. In his place, Jonathon Sanchez was called up from Fresno.
This year, Howard and I bought tickets ahead of time, based solely on the fact that we wanted to see the first game. I figured we wouldn’t get Lincecum but when skipper Bruce Bochy decided to insert Ryan Vogelsong on Thursday, it worked out that we did get to see The Franchise.
Unfortunately, Lincecum wasn’t his sharpest. Jason Marquis was and we lost 3 to 0.
Batting practice was fun, a good turnout of fans, more than last year. We spotted George Will walking into the Giants dugout. Team owner Bill Nuekom and President Larry Baer sat in the front row behind it. Talked with a father and son who came out from Sacramento.
The Giants loss coupled with the Capitals also losing dampened the spirit. But one has to put these things in perspective. In his bestselling book, Men at Work, Will writes about one Richard T. Cooper. Steps away from the gas chamber, he was asked for his final words.
“I’m very unhappy about the Giants.”