Everything You Need to Know About the Giants in 2018
They're one of the most storied franchises in baseball. They play in one of the best ballparks in the nation. And they have one of the most loyal and vocal fan bases in the league. They're your San Francisco Giants, and they're back for another season of big hits, stunning plays, and hopefully some additional hardware. After all, it is an even-numbered year, and those tend to be good for the Giants.
As they get ready to celebrate their 60th year in San Francisco, we've got your preview of the Giants' 2018 season right here.
The Giants made two significant acquisitions in the off-season: third baseman Evan Longoria and outfielder Andrew McCutchen.
Both come to San Francisco after long careers in other cities. Longoria, the former Rookie of the Year, spent nine seasons in Tampa. He's a three-time all-star and was a Gold Glove winner as recently as last season.
McCutchen, 2013's MVP, was in Pittsburgh for almost as long. The four-time Silver Slugger winner was also 2015's recipient of the Roberto Clemente Award, Major League Baseball's top honor for the player who exhibits exceptional sportsmanship and community involvement.
Despite their relative seniority in the game, both men started in over 150 of last season's 162 regular season games. Their stamina and longevity could be tremendous assets to the Giants.
By now, a number of Giants players have been with the team so long, it's hard to imagine the fan experience without them. Second baseman Joe Panik and the two Brandons, Belt and Crawford, round out the infield. Hunter Pence is just as famous for being spotted around town as he is for making great grabs in the outfield. And, of course, there's the unstoppable Madison Bumgarner on the mound, throwing to five-time all-star and renowned hugger Buster Posey behind the plate.
There's one familiar face back on the team after a few years away in Boston: third baseman Pablo Sandoval. Panda was the World Series MVP when the Giants won it all in 2012. Will he be in the running for a similar honor this year?
Keeping it all together is manager Bruce Bochy, who begins his 11th season at the helm. If you want to see San Francisco the way Bruce does, check out his favorite neighborhoods for a stroll.
What's New at AT&T Park
For the 60th anniversary of the Giants arriving in San Francisco, there will be a full season's worth of special events and giveaways. Fans will have the opportunity to receive everything from a Willie McCovey bobblehead to a "Battle of the Bay" snow globe. The Giants are also marking the occasion by opening The Giants Vault, a new exhibit space near the O'Doul Gate entrance that will feature unique and rare memorabilia from the Giants' own archives.
AT&T Park is a culinary destination in its own right. Beyond the classic garlic fries and crab sandwiches, visitors this year will be able to enjoy the Juicy Lou, a new cheese-stuffed burger; fresh tuna poke bowls; build-your-own hot dogs; and even the Impossible Burger.
So what are you waiting for? Get your tickets now. Don't miss your chance to be part of the one of the greatest fan experiences anywhere!