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There’s a general consensus that Matt Cain is better than all of us.  I’m not one to buy into groupthink, but based on how that game went, I’m inclined to agree.  And now thanks to Cain, we’ve reached a point where we can stop panicking about the terrifying hypothetical of “What if our pitching really isn’t that good?”

Dear Matt Cain, Keep doing that thing where you don't give up anything.

Today started out in a glass case of emotion.  The starting lineup was once again completely Brandon Belt-free.  Then there were rumors that Belt was officially in Bochy’s doghouse and that he would never work in this town again.  Or something to that effect.  All the excitement that comes with an Opening Day evaporated before the game even started and people were in a generally rotten mood.  But then Cain took that evaporation and made it rain unicorns and hundred-dollar bills and all became right in the world once again.

Quick Observations:

  • I’m not one to complain about a one-hit complete-game shutout, but man, Cain was one mistake to the opposing pitcher away from a perfect game.
  • Melky Cabrera is still awesome.  So there’s that.
  • The standing ovation that Buster Posey got in his first at-bat warmed my heart is oh-so-special ways.  My man-crush on Posey is probably unhealthy and very likely not reciprocated, but I can dream.
  • I may have teared up a bit when Bryan Stow’s son threw out the first pitch.  Or I was cutting onions.  I’ll let you decide.
  • I like winning.  I like winning at home even better.  I like winning at home on the back of a Matt Cain complete-game shutout even better-er.  Keep doing this, Giants.
  • Brandon Crawford may never hit, but I’ll be damned if that guy doesn’t have the best glove I’ve seen at shortstop in San Francisco in a long time.
  • Belt’s lack of playing time still makes me sad.

Hope everyone had a good Opening Day at AT&T.  If you were fortunate enough to be there, I’m jealous of you in unspeakable ways.

THE BACKYARD
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