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It was only 10 years ago that we were all freaking out about another would-be power hitter and offensive savior...

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Mac Williamson’s 464 foot home run to right center field last night made such a startling sound that I stood up and paced the room for a moment to reorient myself. It put me in a daze. It aroused Bruce Bochy.

It set some records.

We should enjoy this flash of life and energy while we can, because already the wolves are out in the form of Buster Olney and history is not on the Giants’ side. As I scrounge for daily content, I’m constantly checking this site’s archives. Grant wrote this 10 years ago:

Short term: His growing pains will probably continue for a little bit, if not the rest of the year. It seems like he’s struggling with pitch recognition, though I’m not sure if that’s a) because he’s prone to guessing, b) he needs time to get used to the pitchers around the league, or c) he’ll always have Benardian difficulties with certain pitches. Put me down for b. – there’s only so much you can do when you see pitchers like Greg Maddux and Trevor Hoffman for the first time. You don’t see too many craftypantses like those two in AA. It will be a long period of adjustment while he learns the league.

Long term: Good gravy, do I love that swing. It generates power, but at the same time, it’s short and direct. I’m no scout, but now I get why the Giants were promoting him regardless of his A-ball results. He just crushes pitches in the strike zone.

I’ll give you three guesses to figure out who this is about. It’s about John Bowker.

Can you draw a straight line from John Bowker to Mac Williamson? No way. The Giants have had better luck developing talent since those days and Mac Williamson’s age and relative experience actually puts him ahead of the curve compared to Bowker. Sure, Williamson’s ceiling is lower since we’re already in his prime years, but we know that Bowker never reached the potential we had for him. Baseball players are judged mostly against what we had in mind rather than what actually happened, although in fairness to irrational fans, time has a way of evening that out. For the moment, let’s just enjoy what Mac is doing and not foist our needs onto him. As he said over the weekend, he’s definitely not a savior.