There might be some ambiguity and overlap, but for the most part, Giants fans fall into one of the following three categories right now:
Sample size, sample size, sample size. Look, Edgar Renteria is already starting to cool down, and it’s not like Bengie Molina and Juan Uribe are good for .400 OBPs. Pablo’s not going to hit .400, and they aren’t going to keep timing their hits so perfectly.
Doesn’t anyone remember Jose Cruz, Jr.’s hot April? Aaron Rowand almost made the All-Star team in 2008 because of his first two months. On May 7th last year, the Royals were 18-11 and in first place. Four Giants starters have on-base percentages over .400, and that’s not going to last. Get back to me in June, and I’ll tell you if it’s all legit.
Man, this sandwich tastes like fetid porpoise meat. This is awful. Arrrgh. Stoplights. I hate stoplights. Why does they always turn red when I’m approaching? Great, I have a rash now. These are probably going to turn into boils or something. Just great. And you know what I hate? Sunsets over the ocean. Overrated. You get sand in your shoes and stuff. So, yeah, the Giants aren’t this good either, and we’re all going to die some day.
The Optimist, now with confirmation bias
I told you! I told you! Molina is freaking clutch, and I knew that Edgar was going to have a bounceback season. He was just hurt last year – those first 15 at-bats were all I needed to see. And you can’t tell me that this team could have come back on Billy Wagner last year! Come on! It’s a totally different team this year. They have heart! Barry Zito is hungry this season, and he’s going to be great!
I just came back from the doctor, and he’s sending me to a specialist about all of these exclamation points! I was all, dude, calm down, I’m just excited about the Giants! This is our year, baby! But haters gonna hate, LOL! Seriously, though, if this pitching staff gets into the playoffs, we’ll be unstoppable!
The Person Who Wants To Stab Both of Those Types in the Neck with a Sharpened Toothbrush Handle
Look, I don’t know who’s good and who’s a mirage. I’m sure the Giants aren’t going to hit .294/.368/.441 as a team all season, but I’ll allow for the possibility that they’re a little better. Right now, I’m just glad this team isn’t killing us like they did at the start of the last three seasons. It’s been fun so far. And from the moment the first pitch is thrown, I’m still expecting the Giants to win every game, and I’ll be disappointed if they don’t. Note that this is not a change in philosophy from 2006, 2007, 2008, or 2009. I watched every game expecting a win, even when I knew the team stunk. That’s what made those teams so disappointing. That’s why I’m having so much fun right now, even if it’s not exactly realistic for the Giants to go 138-24.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go stab some people in the neck with a sharpened toothbrush handle.