I usually write about theology and politics and the like, but today is Opening Day of the baseball season, and I must give acknowledgment the America's pastime! Of course, for the first time in my life, I get to observe Opening Day of the Baseball season as a fan of the reigning World Series Champions. Yes, I am a proud and long suffering San Francisco Giants fan, and after disappointments in 1989 and 2002 (I was too young to remember the 1962 World Series), they finally did it, the won the World Series -- and without Barry Bonds.
So, we start the season today against our biggest rivals -- the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Beard (Brian Wilson) is on the DL, along with the hero of the NLCS, Cody Ross. World Series heroes Edgar Renteria and Juan Uribe are elsewhere, but the rest of the team remains pretty intact.
There's a svelter Pablo Sandoval ready to go, a pitching staff with few rivals (go Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain, Jonathan Sanchez, Madison Baumgarner, and Barry Zito). Buster Posey starts his sophomore season, seemingly mature beyond his years. Aubrey Huff doesn't know where he'll play -- depends on if the next newcomer Brandon Belt is ready to take over first -- but Aubrey will be there to lead the charge. Yes, we Giant fans start out the season full of optimism, carrying the banner high with pride.