Going into the home stand that the San Francisco Giants started, they didn’t look to be on their game. The ball wasn’t bouncing their way or they weren’t hitting them where the fielders aren’t. Whatever figure of speech you chose to use, they were losing. In their return home they hoped to find winning ways of old. They found much more than that. They found vintage Tim Lincecum. Tell me there is a Giants fan on Earth that wasn’t out of their mind happy for Lincecum.
Have you ever been on a long vacation that seems to drag towards the end? It starts out well and then just fades in fun and eventually you just want to go back home. That must have been the way the Giants felt as they ended their road trip in favor of a home series with the San Diego Padres. The first series of their long home stand had a little of everything they needed. First of all you have to have some late inning heroics to really start a winning streak off right. Check, they got that in game one.
The last two parts of their good fortune were bonuses. Saturday the Giants found something for which they might have been searching for a long time. Lincecum shut down the Padres completely in vintage fashion that really showed he still has the ability to be as good as he ever was. What a great sign of things to come.
As if that wasn’t enough, Barry Zito followed with shutout stuff on Sunday. There have been great starts to home stands many times in Major League Baseball. The Giants started this one with a walk off and back to back shutouts by pitchers that were searching for formerly great form. I honestly cannot imagine a better start to the home stand than that.