Jason Giambi, Matt Holliday, and Randy Johnson. Oh my!
Over the winter break, a lot has happened to the Bay Area baseball teams that can and will increase their chances at being major contenders in the American League and National League West.
Okay, while a few other teams may have made larger additions to their roster—cough, cough—the changes that the Bay Area teams made will certainly aid in their quest to the World Series.
The San Francisco Giants added the left-handed pitcher Randy Johnson to their roster. The Big Unit found a home in to notch his 300th win with, which happens to be in the Bay Area where the future Hall of Famer grew up. Between the seasoned 22-year veteran and the youthful Cy Young arm-cannon of Tim Lincecum, the Giants rotation will certainly be a hard one to beat.
Well Mr. Johnson, there is only one thing left to say. Welcome back, welcome back, and welcome back. He sure will fit in among the Giants. No pun intended. OK, well maybe a little.
The cross-town rivals of San Francisco, the Oakland Athletics have also bulked up their roster with some All-Star caliber players. Outfielder Matt Holliday, who single-handedly put the Colorado Rockies on the radar, joined the A's to add a big bat to the lineup.
Oh, and a huge bat, Jason Giambi, was also added back into the A's roster. As Giambi was announced at a press conference, it was said that Giambi and Billy Beane acted like little bubbly schoolgirls as they were sharing that stage for the first time since Giambi won the AL MVP award in 2000.
Giambi will rotate between designated hitter and first base, with consideration to DH Jack Cust, who also plays outfield and second-year first baseman Daric Barton. Holliday will for sure be burning up the outfield, likely to the left, providing a stable started in that position. Last season there were eight different starters in left field. Oh, hello summer Holliday, who can't wait for that?
Either way, the teams have given fans something to hope for—something to look forward to, something different to watch, than the dismal Bay Area baseball that was last season. It will no longer be the battle of the Bay that proves who is better among the struggling teams. It will be a real battle. Maybe it could even be an epic battle? Who knows.
But one thing is for sure: I can't wait to see the Big Unit hurl one of his famous-but-lethal fastballs to Jason Giambi in the middle of June in Oakland or San Francisco. That will be a show—a damn good show at that.