San Francisco Giants Must Change To Turn Spring Dreams into Summer Miracles

Ted SillanpaaAnalyst IMarch 26, 2010

SAN FRANCISCO - AUGUST 26:  Alex Romero #28 of the Arizona Diamondbacks is forced out by Juan Uribe #5 of the San Francisco Giants at second base to end the second inning of their game at AT&T Park on August 26, 2009 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images for Reebok)
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There was something to be said for growing up in the 1960s and only being able to hear San Francisco Giants exhibition games on my transistor radio.

I felt all the hope of spring without actually seeing Jim Ray Hart butchering ground balls at third base or the parade of inadequate starting pitchers behind Juan Marichal.

When Street and Smith's baseball annual had the Giants picked to win the National League, I knew everything I needed to know about the club and the glorious summer that was surely ahead.

It seems like only yesterday that this space was devoted to a full exploration of the final few moves the 2010 Giants need make to set a winning roster of position players to go with what should be the National League's best pitching staff.

After watching the Giants play the Oakland A's under the lights in Cactus League action on television tonight, though, a thought that felt like a sledgehammer to the head hit me.

Juan Uribe and Edgar Renteria are built like middle infielders on a 35-and-over softball team, likely with only slightly...

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