Everything You Need to Know About The Giants in 2017
They're one of the most storied franchises in baseball. They play in one of the best ballparks in the nation. And they have one of the most loyal and vocal fan bases in the league. They're your San Francisco Giants, and they're back for another season of big hits, stunning plays, and hopefully some additional hardware. We've got your preview of this season right here.
On the Mound and In the Pen
Last season, the Giants had a tremendous first half, winning 21 games in the month of May alone. Once back from the All-Star break, though, flaws in the system that had earned championships began to show. Pitching, which had once been the Giants' strongest suit, became the team's Achilles heel.
In the off-season, the Giants signed veteran reliever Mark Melancon. Last year, he tallied 47 saves in the regular season. His experience, coupled with the relative youth of hurlers like George Kontos and Hunter Strickland, could be just what the Giants bullpen needs to get back on track.
The Giants' starters will be led by the indomitable Madison Bumgarner. The World Series MVP and repeat Silver Slugger honoree has proven that no amount of games pitched is too many, and that pursuit of a championship is no time for rest. Last year's marquee additions, Jeff Samardzja and Johnny Cueto, will return. Fun fact: Cueto's five complete games last season were the most by any pitcher in the National League! Matt Cain is also expected to start this season, after another year in which injury kept him from reaching his full potential.
In the Dirt and On the Grass
Fresh off a gold medal win at the World Baseball Classic, decorated utility player and renowned hugger Buster Posey will once again be behind the plate for the Giants. Did you know that in one game last year Buster hit two three-run homers?
Brandon Belt, Joe Panik, and Brandon Crawford are expected to continue developing into one of the most coordinated infields in the league and star players in their own right. Crawford set a franchise record last year when he tallied seven hits in a single game!
In the outfield, last season's addition Denard Span will continue providing strong defense alongside local favorite Hunter Pence. Last year, Span drove in five runs on Opening Day, a feat that had only previously been achieved by Barry Bonds, who just returned to the Giants' staff as a special advisor.
What's New at AT&T Park
AT&T Park is wisely considered one of the most beautiful venues in all of American sport. This year, the Fan Lot above left field has been updated to provide a better ballpark experience for the youngest Giants fans. The mini-field in the Toyota Fan Zone now features a Diamond Vision display, just like the pros have! The adjacent Toyota Stage will feature fun activations all season long.
Anyone who comes to San Francisco knows it's one of the top culinary destinations in the world, and AT&T Park is no different. Beyond the classics like Gilroy garlic fries, fans can enjoy new offerings like a burrito bowl from Mission Street Taqueria; the healthiest chicken sandwich you can find, courtesy of The Organic Coup; and, most importantly, decadent ice cream sandwiches from CREAM.
You can take tours of AT&T Park all year round and book private events and parties. The park is centrally located and can be accessed by public transportation on lines 10, 30, 45, 47, KT, N Judah or ride-sharing apps.
So what are you waiting for? Get your tickets now. Don't miss your chance to be part of the one of the greatest fan experiences anywhere!