San Francisco Giants: It's All in the Look

Claire ReclosadoSenior Analyst IFebruary 22, 2008

Looking good says more than, “I have good fashion sense.”

As the San Francisco Giants pitchers and catchers reported for spring training, players were wearing shirts with the words “WARRIOR SPIRIT/Find the Swagger” emblazoned on the back. 

Will our Giants find this warrior spirit? Do they have it in them? What type of swagger will be found? Not the selfish, narcissistic type, right?

Let’s hope the Giants find what they’re looking for.

In the case of the Giants starting rotation, the uniform is the first step toward the team swagger fans want to see.

With the unity of the team in mind, pitcher Barry Zito discussed wearing stirrup socks and high-kneed uniform pants with fellow starter Matt Cain.  Soon, Noah Lowry and Tim Lincecum were on board.

Zito may be the new tenant of Barry Bonds’ old locker, but his focus is completely different. 

Although the retro look is one that makes some fans swoon with giddiness (or is it just me?), the new look is one the pitchers plan to adopt as a sign of camaraderie and to display a side of the players fans are not accustomed to.

"I love that the guys are open to it," Zito said. "This is fun. We need to start having some fun, be a little quirky if you have to, have some personality."  

This is a great time for Zito to grab the reins and be a leader.  After a disappointing 2007, he is ready to redeem himself and the ball club.

The 2008 season may be a tough one, but this minute gesture speaks loudly:

This is a unified Giants team.