San Franciscans hate seeing their city referred to as “Frisco.” They just can’t stand it, which of course, is why we do it. It’s not a serious diss at the townsfolk, but merely a harmless poke at the sports teams, and the Giants in particular.

And c’mon, with their beat writers citing moral victories in losing two to the Padres to open the season, it’s almost automatic that we’d give them a little bleep. In a Sacramento Bee article, headlined “Giants show spark in loss“, Nick Peters writes “the Giants wasted no time demolishing the knee-jerk reaction that they had no chance to succeed this season following an Opening Day blowout by the San Diego Padres. Their performance improved appreciably Wednesday night before a bullpen blip turned into a 5-3 loss that demonstrated their ability to remain competitive with a combination of long ball and small ball.”

Yep, losing by two runs instead of seven does represent improved performance, and cause for celebration. They were in the game for nine innings, so yes, that’s being competitive. You can’t argue with that logic.

There were bright spots galore, apparently. After all, “[Barry] Bonds also treated an announced crowd of 39,938 to a lunging catch in the third inning.” That really was a treat, wasn’t it? Moreover, “Armando Benítez provided more hope with a scoreless ninth that continued his solid spring training performance,” wrote Peters.

This is major stuff for a winless club. If the Giants can close the gap a bit, and lose by just a single run tonight, then wow. It’s look out National League. This is a squad to be reckoned with.

— HOWARD COLE

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