One of the downsides of the 162-game schedule is that it takes at least a month, often more, before our biggest offseason questions are answered. Will the Giants bullpen repeat its magnificent 2011? Is Ryan Theriot actually just Jeff Keppinger reincarnate?
These things take time. We've spent all winter debating the major-league potential of Brandon Crawford. Whether he goes 0-for-4 or 4-for-4 on Friday, we won't have an answer for a while.
One game is obviously just that...one game. But it sure feels good to be back.