SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.–The first Giants’ hitting group oozed with star power.
The second crew of hitters cracked jokes about 2012.
The third still wished it was 2012.
The Giants held their first full-squad workout of spring training on Monday as a team attempting to blend new energy with old magic hit the field at Scottsdale Stadium.
High-profile offseason acquisitions Andrew McCutchen and Evan Longoria joined with Buster Posey and Hunter Pence as a quartet with nearly 40 seasons of Major League experience took their first hacks of the year together.
“We’re all eager, we all put in the work this offseason because we want to make a change,” Pence said. “We want to make the adjustment and we’re excited to get back together and get that opportunity. It feels good, it feels fresh to be here.”
Andrew McCutchen’s first swings as a Giant pic.twitter.com/CaSVquNO58
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The second group to take batting practice featured three homegrown infielders –Brandon Crawford, Brandon Belt and Joe Panik– as well as free agent signee Austin Jackson, an outfielder who lost the 2012 World Series with the Detroit Tigers to a Giants’ team that still features many of the same regular starters.
“Absolutely, it was fun, I played against these guys a few times and obviously in the World Series,” Jackson said. “Getting to be around this core group that was there during that time, it’s just awesome. We’ve been making a lot of jokes all day about that series and it’s been really fun.”
The third crew to step inside the cage on Monday included backup catcher Nick Hundley and three Giants’ players who won rings in 2012, eventually left the organization, and now find themselves trying to scratch out a job with the club. Gregor Blanco, Hector Sanchez and Pablo Sandoval, the 2012 World Series …read more
Source:: The Mercury News – Sports