San Francisco Giants fans know one thing — 2016 is an “even” year.
With World Series titles coming San Francisco’s way in 2010, 2012, and 2014 — and not even a playoff appearance in the other “odd” years — the anticipation for the coming season has been at a fever pitch. That excitement came to Raley Field in a big way Wednesday night, when the Giants faced their top minor league squad in an exhibition that saw the 16-year-old ballpark as packed as it could be.
That the Giants ended up prevailing 8-4 was not the important part, though Giants fans saw favorites such as Buster Posey, Brandon Belt and Brandon Crawford power home runs, and new free-agent signing Johnny Cueto earn the pitching win.
2016 will be the second year the River Cats are part of the Giants organization, and as successful as the team was under the Oakland A’s ownership, this current move has seemed to pay off in a big way.
The River Cats will open their regular season April 7 when they travel to Salt Lake to face the Bees, and then open at home, also against the Bees, on April 15. It should be a banner year at Raley Field, with 2015 favorites such as Jarrett Parker and and Mac Williamson making a return with an eye towards joining the Giants at some point during the season.
Photos by Steve Martarano