The news that Barry Bonds would not return to the Giants in 2008 came as a bit of a shock to some. To others, mainly the players, it has been a breath of fresh air letting them relax and play ball.
"Most defiantly," Barry Zito responded in September 2007 when asked if the Giants would miss Bonds, "Barry's a great competitor, how could you not miss his Hall of Fame production?"
Contrary to "experts" and "mock" everything, the Giants quietly put together a decent month of baseball.
Brian Wilson, the team's closer leads the National League in saves with nine. Jonathan Sanchez and Tim Lincecum are both tied for second in the majors with 40 strikeouts each. While Matt Cain continues to blossom and dazzle with his pitching
The Giants pitching which most thought would be the only bright spot, has been accompanied by other flashes from an offensive lineup not featuring Barry Bonds since 1991.
The Giants lead the majors in steals with 33 and have received contributions from all over the lineup.
Bengie Molina has been solid in RBI situations; John Bowker stepped up from Triple A to produce a powerful left-handed presence, while Aaron Rowand helped plant the seed for a play hard attitude day in and day out.
The best offensive player is the guy who took Bonds' spot in left field, Fred Lewis. In the month of April Lewis led the team with his bat hitting .337 and his glove making play after play after play in the field.
Even if the Giants lose 100 games this season which they won't, there is no denying the first month was entertaining.
"We just go out and play hard every night," Rowand told reporters. With all that fresh air they should have energy to do it every night.