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Giants: Likes and dislikes


SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Time to address what I like and don't care for when it comes to the San Francisco Giants.

What I like

 The fans. Seriously. It's great to see a city newly energized by baseball, and San Francisco is as energized as could be. Of course, they also now expect the team to win all the time.

 The smiles. Every team that wins is happy, obviously, but I'm not sure I've ever seen an entire organization enjoy a championship as much as the Giants. The grins that appeared that night in November haven't disappeared yet.

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 The ace. If Lincecum truly is as motivated as he seemed this week, watch out. "The Freak" hasn't always been a workout freak, but his struggles last August caused him to get more serious, and it looks like he still is. Not that he's completely changed -- the GQ cover boy showed up for spring training wearing plaid shorts and a hoody.

 The Panda. I'm sure you've heard this before, but Pablo Sandoval lost weight. This time, he seems serious. That's good for him, because it's a pretty important year for his career, but also for the Giants With Juan Uribe gone, Sandoval is being counted on even more at third base.

 The manager. It seemed like the baseball world rediscovered Bruce Bochy last fall. How did we ever forget that he's this good?

What I don't like

 The lineup. Bochy says they're much better off than they were at this point last year. Perhaps they are, but even by the end of the season the lineup was never more than adequate, and that was after major work along the way.

 The shortstop. I was a big Miguel Tejada fan -- back when he was with the A's. But Tejada at shortstop in 2011? I'm not sure that works.

 The Dirty Dozen. It was a great story last year, and Bochy's nickname for his team fit. But can Pat Burrell, Aubrey Huff et Al really do it again?

 The wear and tear. There are just too many young pitchers who threw an awful lot of innings and followed it up with a short winter. In early spring, the Giants seem to be handling it well, but what happens in August and September?


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