Feb 7, 2012, 12:30 PM EST
After spending the first six years of his career with the Cubs and the Mets, sure, Angel Pagan is entitled to a little optimism. But I tend to think that this is too much optimism. From John Shea’s story about him in the San Francisco Chronicle:
Angel Pagan prides himself as the Giants‘ new leadoff hitter. The No. 1 man. So allow him to be the first to make a bold statement about the 2012 Giants in the National League West:
“I’m very, very confident that this is the team to beat,” Pagan said.
They only finished eight games behind the Diamondbacks and four back of the wild card-winning Cardinals. And the Diamondbacks had so many things go right last year, so it’s totally possible that the teams are closer. And thus, no, it would not be shocking if the Giants’ pitching made them contenders all year.
But “the team to beat?” Man, I dunno. I’m having trouble going that far with it.
- Where does Nelson Cruz go from here? 22
- Shin-Soo Choo agrees to seven-year, $130 million deal with Rangers 77
- Grant Balfour may file a grievance over Orioles’ decision to back out of contract 23
- Former Major Leaguer Gabe Kapler wants collisions to remain part of the game 43
- Carlos Beltran introduced by the Yankees, takes a shot at the Mets 40
- Hall of Fame voting expert: Greg Maddux makes it. No one else does. (105)
- I don’t know what the best baseball song is, but it ain’t John freakin’ Fogerty (101)
- Happy Birthday, Ty Cobb! (89)
- Shin-Soo Choo agrees to seven-year, $130 million deal with Rangers (77)
- ‘Tis the season for people acting incredibly dumb (74)