There are few things as exciting and hopeful as spring training. Each team has a chance to enter camp with a clean slate. A sense of possibility and chance takes over a fanbase
"This is the year we finish .500"—Pirates fans
"This time we get that last out"—Rangers fans
"With Theo at the helm we can finally win!"—Cubs fans
...but there is always the glass-half-empty fans
"What if we can't pitch again?"—Red Sox fans
"What if we over-paid for him?"—Tigers fans
"What if our monstrous home run totem pole signals the aliens and thus brings the downfall of mankind?"—The Marlins fan
The "what ifs" and excuses can roll in just as early as the hope and fascination. For the San Francisco Giants we have already started to hear a murmur of "what ifs."
Here are just a few.