Hello and happy Tuesday.
Today I was reminiscing about when the San Francisco Giants traded for Andrew McCutchen. He was a ways out of his prime, the Giants were fading and emphatically not a move or two away from competing, and they gave up what proved to be a bit of a haul for him.
Probably not a good trade.
Didn’t care then; don’t care now.
For years — long before it was actually realistic — I had wanted McCutchen to wear a Giants jersey, because I just enjoyed watching him play baseball so much. When the time came that I got to watch him play every day, I was ecstatic, because it was so fun.
So with that said, if you could have the Giants add one player, based on how much you want to watch them 162 games a year, who would it be? You can go with the realistic route (a free agent or a player who might be traded) or the wholly unrealistic route.
I’m going with the former and riling up the fan base by saying Yasiel Puig, who I think is just a delight to watch play baseball.
Old, random MCC article for you to read
Remembering the AstroTurf years at Candlestick Park (Aug. 5, 2018 — Bryan Murphy)
- Roger Munter offers a way too early roster preview for San Jose (There R Giants)
- Grant Brisbee on if the Giants should expect regression from their hitters next season (The Athletic, subscription required)
- Maria Guardado lists the five greatest seasons by a pitcher in franchise history (MLB)
- Mark W. Sanchez on the challenges that the Diamondbacks are giving Madison Bumgarner for the upcoming season (KNBR)
- Alex Pavlovic on how Trevor Bauer’s Northern California agent is bringing a unique approach to free agency (NBC Sports Bay Area)
- Shayna Rubin on the Giants interest in A’s free agents (Mercury News)
- Joe Posnanski on Reggie Smith, the former Giant who is the 29th-best player not in the Hall of Fame (The Athletic, subscription required)
- Dalton Johnson on how Trevor Bauer called the Giants fanbase one of the five best fanbases at pitching him their team (NBC Sports Bay Area)
How many days until Opening day?
There are 107 days until Opening Day.
Have a great Tuesday, everyone.