Barry Zito

The Giants got a lot younger while I was in Canada

Can I tell you how happy I am with the Giants lineup today? Here it is in all it’s youthful (with a couple exceptions) glory:

1. Fred Lewis — LF
2. Nate Schierholtz — RF
3. Pablo Sandoval — C
4. Scott McClain — 3B
5. Aaron Rowand — CF
6. Travis Ishikawa — 1B
7. Manny Burriss — SS
8. Eugenio Velez — 2B
9. Barry Zito — P

No Randy Winn, Dave Roberts, Omar Vizquel, Rich Aurilia or Bengie Molina. No offense to Winn, Aurilia or Molina, who’ve all had very respectable years, but there’s just something about combating a five-game losing streak by tossing out a lineup full of rookies.

And what did the Giants get? Well, they received 14 hits from the youngsters (Lewis was the only position player to go hitless), and Zito pitched eight innings in a 9-2 win.

McClain hit his first big league homer after 362 homers in 19 professional seasons in the Minors and in Japan (I wonder when Kevin Costner will contact McClain to buy the rights to his story so he can play McClain in his next movie, “For Love of the Game II”), Sandoval hit the second home run of his much younger career, and Schierholtz had four hits. Even Brad Hennessey pitched a scoreless ninth inning.

I need to travel more often. When I got back from Park City, Utah on Wednesday, I was able to watch the end of Tim Lincecum’s fifteenth win against the Rockies. I got back from Canada late last night, and I wake up today to one of the most uplifting wins of the year, especially considering McClain’s landmark day.

My question is: would any Giants fan be upset if today’s group was the everyday lineup next year? Okay, McClain might be a little too old (similar to a certain presidential candidate with a similar last name), but you get the picture.

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