Monday, April 22, 2013

Return of the Rock Star?

(AP Photo/Ben Margot)

This past Saturday it felt like Giants fans were transported back to 2009. Tim Lincecum was on the mound firing fastballs past hitters and throwing fall of the table breaking pitches. 

It was filthy, it was nasty, and it was absolutely beautiful. The sight of the number 55 jersey unfolding through the Freak windup, and legs exploding forward towards the hitter, felt like it had been sorely missed.

Friday, April 19, 2013

2 Out Hits and Misses (April)

The 2013 version of the San Francisco Giants have not looked like a bad baseball team. They haven't looked much like world beaters either. They are now finished with 10 percent of the schedule.

Does that mean we know what kind of team the Giants are yet? No, not really. It's not time to panic about some guys playing sub par, but the possibility for worry remains.

There have been some pleasant surprises so far this Spring. The Giants have also shown an ability to come back in any game. It wasn't until the series finale in Milwaukee that I really felt the Giants were out of a game.

So here's my thoughts on the first 1/10th of the season for the Giants. It's nice to remember that there is so much more baseball to be played.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Friday, April 5, 2013

2013 Season Preview NL (belated)

I covered the AL here
Welcome the the NL portion of 2 Out Hits' Preview and Predictions.

2013 Season Preview AL (belated)

I really didn't know if I wanted to do a preview piece for this season. I don't know why I was debating it, probably procrastination. Then some real life stuff got in the way and I really didn't write at all for 2 weeks. I don't want this writing thing to be a passing phase. I love to do it, so here I am. It's my first ever season preview and predictions.

Now that I have had the chance to do research, I can make more informed opinions. A couple of weeks ago I would have just thought along with everyone else and picked a predictable World Series. The hot pick this year seems to be Tampa Bay and Washington. I wonder how often the trendy pick is there in the end? Probably not that often. That's not to say that I don't think those teams are good, I do. But I just happened along a different conclusion the more I looked at the rosters.

So here's the first 2 Out Hits' Preview and Predictions. You can find the NL and World Series Prediction here.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Opening Day

One of the greatest days for a sports fan is Opening Day for Major League Baseball. For the majority of the country it is that moment when Spring finally feels like it has arrived. Hope is a wonderful thing, and on this day, every fan has some.

I root for the Giants but most of my Opening Day memories involve the Cubs. I grew up going to Wrigley, and for many years managed to make it to the home opener. There's nothing like wearing a parka, slipping a couple tallboys inside, and watching cold, windy baseball. Those were great times.

The reality of it is not all teams have a chance. I know the Astros won their first game, but does anyone actually think they will be good? No, but since it's April they aren't 25 games back just yet. So everyone gets the chance to dream for a little bit.

That's what makes today so special. Everyone gets to feel like a kid again. It's Christmas in Spring. Everything seems possible again. 

Now its nothing but 7 months of baseball ahead. Time to find that ass groove on the couch and settle in for another season. 

Eric Nathanson