Outside the Polo Grounds Pub and Grill, in the shadow of AT&T Park, the sign reads, "No More Melk, but Plenty of Beer."
Inside the San Francisco Giants' clubhouse, the mood isn't quite that frivolous. But what did you expect the Giants to do after losing Melky Cabrera to a 50-game suspension, quit?
The Giants don't operate like that. Baseball doesn't work like that. Yes, San Francisco badly needs a left fielder to replace Cabrera, and the waiver wire has yet to prove as obliging as the proprietors of local establishments. But as the Giants continue their four-game series against Atlanta this weekend (Saturday, 4:15 p.m. ET, MLB on FOX), their resilience is again on display.
Catcher Buster Posey didn't play after May 25 last season, and the Giants still won 86 games, fifth most in the National League. If they make the playoffs this season, it will be an even more impressive feat.
- Closer Brian Wilson pitched only twice before undergoing Tommy John surgery.