Is that even a word? Oh, who cares, it is still Spring Training so I can make up words.
Speaking of which, if there was ever any doubt that Spring Training is TOOO LONG, last night's loss to the Athletics must have ended that debate. I mean we almost had a major injury in that stupid meaningless game! By now I'm sure everyone has heard about Tim getting nailed by a Daric Barton line drive. It seems like he will be OK, maybe miss a start, but BOY HOWDY that sure was a moment of sheer dread.
My dreadful feeling of panic was not just over the injury to my favorite all-time Giant, it was more about our horrible lack of depth, especially in the pitching staff. Isn't lack of depth what did us in last year? Sure, Hudson is better than Zito (except in terms of injury potential) but otherwise everyone is just a year older. Derek Law may be a big plus, but that is asking ALOT of the youngster. Unlike Ron, I view middle relief as CRUCIAL to a team's success and Affeldt's injury hurts bad. Our games are won and lost in the sixth and seventh inning, more like the fifth and sixth when Lincecum and Vogelsong pitch.
So, even though Tim doesn't look to be seriously banged up, I am still quite shaken. It doesn't help to see the Athletics look like a vastly superior team. Do we ever beat those guys? Personally, I think a rainout today would be for the best. Ten days ago I was quite hopeful, now .... Not so much.
THANK WILLIE, SPRING TRAINING IS OVER!