The pre-game introductions are going on right now out here at the Big Phone by the Bay, and the cheers drowned out the boos when Armando Benitez was introduced before the game. Whether the same thing will happen when he’s asked to protect a one-run lead in the ninth is a different story.
One thing to keep an eye on early is Barry Bonds. The old round-headed guy seems in great spirits, and he was unusually friendly with his media adversaries during his state of the Barry address. Thing with Bonds is that the nicer he is, the worse he plays. Wonder, too, how his mood will be affected when he sees the string of pitches outside the strike zone that come from opposing hitters.
Barry Zito gets the ball. Anticipation reigns.