Let's dispense with the obvious first—it is never wise to open the Major League Baseball season by allowing a division rival to sweep you.
And it's decidedly worse than that for the San Francisco Giants.
They trotted out Tim Lincecum, Madison Bumgarner and Matt Cain against the defending National League West Champion Arizona Diamondbacks—the imposters to the Gents' rightful throne—only to have the three aces treated like long-relief chum.
Cainer was a particular disappointment. The offense handed him a six-run lead after three innings with the big fella playing the role of Stopper in the finale only to watch Matty hand the entire cushion back.
Oh, and did I mention the six errors authored by SF in three games, all losses by a single run? I can't decide if those are more or less embarrassing than the quintet of E's committed by the Snakes in the series' final game, but the fact that it's a close call ain't good.
Sooooooo, no, the first weekend of 2012 Giants baseball wasn't a good one.
But if you think the trio of games in Arizona was reason for despair and despair alone, you probably haven't been on the Orange and Black bandwagon for much of the last two years.
On the contrary, this was most reassuring sweep I can recall for a Giant team of recent vintage.
Stay with me...